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Shayla McDaniel

Sounds likeLianne La Havas, Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson
LocationTennessee

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"Lets her passion shine through and her live on-air performance was nothing short of amazing"
-WUTK Radio 90.3 FM The Rock

"Pulled the beauty and humanity out of commonplace communal objects"
-Blank News

"Yet another promising young voice coming up in the scene, dynamic enough for the sensibilities of alt-rock and coffee-house singer songwriter fans alike"
-Knoxville Music Warehouse

"She may have been a young face, but her musical ability and talent truly brought life into the scene"
-The Tennessee Journalist

Shayla McDaniel seamlessly blends hints of jazz with alternative pop. The singer-songwriter began to pursue music in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Having dabbled in music for several years, McDaniel began to take her music more seriously after a friend challenged her to step out of her comfort zone and onto a bigger stage. She rose to the challenge and released the singles “Coffee” and “I'll Leave the Light On,” and soon after performed in the Cre865 Showcase, the official Startup Day afterparty. She also went on to perform live on-air at WUTK 90.3 FM, WDVX 89.9 FM, WOZO 103.9 FM, and at Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival and Women in Jazz Jam Festival. McDaniel caught the attention of the Knoxville Music Warehouse, who chose her song “I’ll Leave the Light On” as one of the top 16 songs from Knoxville Artists in 2016. The following year, fans voted her Knoxville’s Favorite Band of 2017.

McDaniel’s newest release “26 Letters” continues with the jazz-flavored vocals and mellow acoustic guitar stylings of her 2016 releases, but she adds a few new flavors to the mix while wrestling with change, regret and the permanent effects of words and actions.

The track “Silence,” which houses the line containing the EP’s title, explores the polarizing tension of opposing words and wills as McDaniel sings with resolve, “All you’re going to hear from me is silence,” over a soundscape of an echoing, atmospheric electric guitar, subtle drum hits and a pensive bass line.

McDaniel's latest release “26 Letters” is now available, and she will continue to play local and regional shows for growing audiences. She is also working on her next studio release.

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