Singer/songwriter Jason Daniello’s nearly ever-present smile and infectiously positive attitude have served him well over the past year and a half. Since the debut of his acclaimed self-released CD Everything Good in late 2004, he’s experienced a critical mass of career activity. Traveling far beyond his native New Mexico, Daniello has revealed the true depth and breadth of his talents to an ever-wider audience on the festival circuit, on tour and with widespread radio play.
Performing both solo and with his band, Jason and the Argonauts, Daniello showcased at the South Park Music Festival in Fairplay, Colorado and the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. He flew solo at several showcases during the 2005 SXSW music conference, including South by South Austin and the Dreamscapers Artist Showcase. He’s toured through the Midwest. Daniello also partnered with Tinderbox Music to launch a college radio campaign that resulted in airplay on over 200 radio stations across the country.
In addition to pursuing personal career goals, Daniello has stoked his creative fires by collaborating with fellow Albuquerque singer/songwriter Nels Andrews. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Daniello lent his skills on lap steel and mandolin to Andrews’ 2005 CD Sunday Shoes. At this year’s SXSW conference Daniello played mandolin with Andrews at several showcases.
The genesis of Daniello’s burgeoning career came when he first strummed a guitar amid the red rock mesas and sagebrush of a tiny uranium mining town in New Mexico. The sound that is now captivating fans all over the country still evokes that "air of desert-at-midnight desolation," combining rockish folk and moody pop with a vaguely psychedelic undertone. Overlay that with evocative lyrics describing everything from the mundane task of taking out the garbage to life´s much weightier struggles, and you´ll begin to understand what makes Jason Daniello and his music so special.
In 1992 Daniello formed Naomi, contributing to a renaissance of the Albuquerque music scene. Rising alongside bands such as The Shins, Hazeldine, and The Eyeliners, Naomi grew in popularity, toured extensively throughout the Southwest and released two CDs. In 1997 the band grew apart. Naomi´s infectious choruses and mature harmonies carried over into Daniello's fledgling solo career.
Daniello´s first full length solo CD, Re-creation, was praised by Albuquerque´s Weekly Alibi for its "...unbeatable combo of multi-tracked acoustic guitars accented with Daniello's wonderfully layered singing..." The instantly memorable melodies won him local awards for Musician of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Acoustic Solo Band from the Weekly Alibi, along with an honorable mention from the 2002 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.
Daniello´s current CD, Everything Good, debuted in October 2004. Years of dedication culminated in a mesmerizing solo effort that features everything from bright acoustics to slow-burn electric guitar. The disc has garnered universal praise from both local and national rock journalists. Albuquerque, The Magazine enthusiastically states, "Jason Daniello is writing and performing the most gloriously soulful stuff of his life. Jason has concentrated and distilled down everything good about Naomi and tempered it with the experience of nearly two decades making music, creating the most taut and subtly powerful record of his career." The discriminating website High Bias offers this praise for Everything Good: "...Pop, folk and rock intermingle freely as Daniello works out his love and loneliness, his warm thoughts and vocals the center of every arrangement. “Elizabeth Anne,” “What You Can“ and ”Everything Good“ boast quite the fetching tunes, and Daniello makes it sound soulful and easy. The title of this one's got it just about right."
Jason Daniello seems poised for a breakthrough year in 2006. How does he feel about the abundance of attention and opportunity that’s finally come his way? ”It´s just the ebb and flow of life," he says. "Sometimes you´ve gotta inhale, sometimes you´ve gotta exhale.”
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