About Dan

“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

dan-charness Although he cites Beatles legend, Paul McCartney, as his primary source of inspiration, Dan Charness’s music is more of an amalgamation of styles. On the one hand, he is rooted in the golden age of 1970s folk-rock, calling to mind artists such as James Taylor, Randy Newman, or Gordon Lightfoot. Songs like “Summertime Delight,” (a winner of the 2010 Indie International Song Contest,) and the critically lauded “Hey Ms. Me” draw obvious comparisons to these troubadour heroes. But at the same time, Charness drives forward, leaning towards contemporaries such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, or Amos Lee, and producing catchy pop-rock that could easily be found on any Adult Contemporary or AAA radio station. Perhaps his “Paul McCartney” is as much a model for versatility as it is a musical influence itself.

Trained from a young age as a classical cellist, 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 (2010), 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.”

In April of 2012, Charness released Not For Love, an EP of six songs that demonstrated the full range of his songwriting ability. Produced by New York City keyboardist/producer Dominic Fallacaro, Not for Love has garnered praise, particularly for its single, “Insomnia,” which was lauded in American Songwriting Magazine. Charness can be found regularly on tour throughout the Northeast, and has performed for audiences across the United States and Canada, appearing at legendary venues such as Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY) The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), Room 5 (Los Angeles), The Free Times Cafe (Toronto, ON), and festivals such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and the Cape May Singer Songwriter Festival.