“It is indeed rare to find an artist like Dan Charness, who, in one collection of songs, easily touches so many corners of the singer-songwriter tradition. In his newly released EP, Not for Love,” the award-winning songwriter leads his audience on a far-reaching musical journey through six new songs.” Yahoo News, Good Morning America, AOL News
Trained from a young age as a classical cellist, singer-songwriter Dan Charness swiftly changed tracks when he discovered both the guitar and his natural, versatile inclination for songwriting. Charness soon began performing his works throughout New England, releasing a debut album, All Over the Map (2006) and a follow-up EP, One Night Stand (2008), both of which were self-produced and met with acclaim. They also featured Dan as a multi-instrumentalist, performing nearly every instrumental and vocal track.
In the summer of 2010, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history from Wesleyan University, Charness relocated to New York City and began recording a new album, promoting his work with regular performances at well-known city venues such as The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and Caffe Vivaldi.
His debut commercial release, Brand New Day, met with acclaim from fans and industry professionals alike, and its single, “Summertime Delight,” took first place in the folk category of the Indie International Song Contest. The album was entirely self-produced–drawing praise for its sweeping instrumental arrangements–and garnered interest due to its wide breadth of material, a range of influences that drew from folk-rock to gospel. As Charness insists, “Versatility in sound and style may make for a challenging marketing venture, but musically it is the only way for each track on a record to remain adventurous and fresh.”
Citing Beatles legend Paul McCartney as his main source of influence, Charness continues to generate pop, rock, and folk songs that expand his musical range. Charness can be found regularly on tour throughout the Northeast, and has performed for diverse audiences across the United States and Canada, appearing at legendary venues such as The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), Room 5 (Los Angeles), The Free Times Cafe (Toronto, ON), and he was a headlining performer at the Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival.