Singer-songwriter Jennifer Daniels lives in a rustic cabin atop Lookout Mountain in Tennessee where her earthy folk rock is born. Jennifer's music springs from Celtic roots but is "regional" in the best sense of the word -it shows a connection to the land that inhabits her songs. Performing songwriter describes the South that she writes of as "the Flannery O' Conner and William Faulkner South. Darkly romantic, hot and humid, haunted and gothic. This is music that seems to have grown slowly from some rich, dark soil." Her vocal phrasing is reminescent of a young Joni Mitchell, or "a more folkish Celtic-sounding Sarah McLachlan." But hearing the original beauty of Jennifer's distinct
style and impressive vocal range goes beyond comparison and genre -it is unique.
Jennifer is currently touring the Southeast accompanied by Jeff Neal, whose touch on guitar and mandolin nurture the roots of her melodies with adept sensitivity. They perform frequently at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta where they most recently won the
prestigious Eddie's Attic Shootout this past November. Creative Loafing said that "her clear superiority in every ranked category -particularly vocal performance -were what clinched it for her. Whether throwing back her head to hold a magnificently sustained high note or expertly accompanying herself on a 12-string guitar, Daniels cleary outclassed the strongest competition." She also won Best songwriter, Best Acoustic Act
and Female Vocalist of the Year at the Chattanooga Music Awards this past April.
These recent accomplishments have given her the opportunity to co-bill with Stacey Earle, Jennifer Kimball (formerly of The Story) and Blue Mountain, as well as open for talent as wide ranging as Drivin' and Cryin', Martin Sexton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Goose Creek Symphony and guitar legend Leo Kottke.
Jennifer's influences include mostly poets and writers such as Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale and JRR Tolkien. She is a wordsmith who uses memorable melodies to tell her stories, and "like good literture, Daniels' songs have a timeless quality to them. You get the feeling Flannery O'Conner and Emily Dickenson would have been fans."
Jennifer's newest release, Dive & Fly, is currently being
distributed nationally by Redeye Disrtribution, and internationally by PasteMusic.com. It is also receiving airplay on many college and NPR affiliated radio stations across the region. In March 1999, Performing Songwriter chose her debut CD, Fists of Flood, as one of their DIY Top 12 independent releases. And
this past January she played on The Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, an internationally syndicated radio program with over 200 NPR and World Radio affiliates. This recent exposure, along with a rigorous touring schedule, has propelled her music
into the eager ears of many new listeners, who are quickly becoming a loyal and diverse following.