A classically trained vocalist, pianist with jazz, soul and gospel influences, Marcya Daneille is a song stylist who uses her voice to tell
stories that celebrate love, offer comfort during moments of loss and remind us of the hilarity that can be found in everyday life.
Born in Germany to musical parents, Marcya
was raised in a nurturing musical environment
where she was exposed to all genres of vocal
and instrumental music. The piano was Marcya's
"gateway" instrument from the age of 7. During
her sophomore year of high school, Marcya began
singing professionally at local weddings and other private events.
Marcya continued to sing professionally while she attended and subsequently graduated from Roosevelt University/Chicago Musical College (currently the Chicago College of Performing Arts). Marcya has received talent-based awards from the Lakeview Music Society as well as the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee. Her earliest professional operatic roles were with Lincoln Opera Chicago and the Lyric Theater of Illinois.
In the late 90s Marcya had opportunities to explore music and culture overseas, first in Italy and later in England. Marcya performed, taught and studied and then returned to the States. Marcya eventually relocated to New York City. Harlem, Manhattan and Brooklyn offered a bevy of jazz venues and musician gatherings. Marcya attended shows and jam sessions and started doing duo gigs around the city. Marcya worked as a session singer and maintained a private voice studio in the Theater District. Her CD "Keeping it Simple" was recorded at Nola Studios by the award winning producer/engineer Jim Czak. The recording featured performances by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon (executive producer), pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Dezron Douglas.
These days Marcya once again calls the Midwest home. As a teaching artist, she continues to enjoy a career that allows her to share her love for entertainment, information and intimate musical connections through
music. Marcya is a performer who is comfortable with a full band or a duo. She has held residencies at Blu in the Pfister Hotel and Saint Kate the Arts Hotel in Milwaukee and the Ambassador Room with Duo Libra (formerly the legendary Pump Room) on Chicago's Gold Coast. Marcya performs with the Marcya Daneille Quartet, the Milwaukee Jazz Institute Faculty Ensemble led by pianist Mark Davis and is a featured performer with Flutes at Dawn, a non-profit arts organization which provides creative programming throughout the Greater Milwaukee area. Check out Marcya on this episode of PBS Wisconsin's Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin.