Danielle Gasparro

Danielle Gasparro

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Soulful, melody-driven, lyrically-charged music for soulful, melody-driven, lyrically-charged people.

Biography

"There are few artists who make the same vocal impact as Gasparro. There's a cliche about some artists being able to sing a telephone directory and make it sound interesting, she falls into that select band. That those vocals get to be used around well thought out and constructed songs is a real bonus."
- Fatea Magazine (UK)

New York City based performing songwriter Danielle Gasparro does not sing a word she doesn’t mean. With a modern sound and style that seamlessly blends elements of pop and jazz, this compelling artist somehow reminds us of Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Laura Nyro, all at the same time. Perhaps it’s because she began her career as a jazz vocalist, and came to discover her original voice through years of interpreting the classics. Perhaps it's because she has an innate gift for writing classically beautiful songs. Or perhaps it's because, like those classic artists, she presents us with her thoughts and emotions while soulfully embodying the music she sings.

Likely, it's all of those reasons and more that one finds themselves riveted by Danielle's musical style and grace. But for sure, is is through her unique and deeply expressive voice alone that this sentient chanteuse pulls listeners into her poetic legion of songs, and it is through this same vocal radiance, that she keeps them there. Danielle’s live performances, deemed "engaging and inspiring, not to be missed" (Indie Sounds NY), showcase the singer's rare gift for not only driving her voice and soul deep inside of a song, but for taking the entire audience along for the ride.

Career highlights include the recording of her 2006 EP, "Big Movie Screen", for which Danielle had the opportunity to work with Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Jay Newland (Norah Jones, Etta James, Richie Havens), and her participation in two 2007 songwriting retreats hosted by renowned singer-songwriter Chris Difford, of the UK band Squeeze.

2008 brought about several exciting ventures for this impassioned artist: the release of her third studio recording "birdsong"; her debut touring in both the US and UK; her appearance at Steel Bridge SongFest, the annual Midwest music and songwriting festival headlined by Jackson Browne; alignment as a songwriter with LA-based publishing firm Yes, Dear Entertainment; notable national radio airplay on Boston's esteemed WGBH FM; and her dual-role as both host and producer of "Second Sundays", the live artist interview and performance series held monthly in New York City's beloved listening room, Rockwood Music Hall.

After years of performing with a world-class band, Danielle began accompanying herself more frequently in 2008, and began paring down her live show to an inspired duo setting with long-time collaborator, guitarist Ryan Scott. By the summer of 2009, Danielle felt she was nearing a musical milestone as a solo performer, and developed a deep longing for more time and space to write and play the piano than her busy life in New York would permit. Ever one to follow her bliss, the songstress decided to trade in the fast-paced hustles of the city and the music business for a slow waltz with creativity. Setting forth on a year-long sabbatical, Danielle headed for the sleepy south where she set up shop under a banana tree to focus on artistic growth. With inspiration at the helm, Danielle also brought her performing focus to the unique and thoughtful world of house concerts. She is currently in the spirited throws of her "Song Sweet Song" house concert tour, an independent, grass-roots endeavor which has her sharing her songs and voice with avid music lovers in warm and intimate settings throughout the U.S.

With songs that defy genre but feel classic, a voice that “paints Picassos” (JAM Magazine), and a live performance which captures both heart and mind, Danielle Gasparro has established herself as not only a dynamic original artist, but one worth keeping your eyes, and ears, on. "What a voice. I swear you could just listen to it for hours and hours." (Pulse Rated UK)

Lyrics

Once More

Written By: Danielle Gasparro / Jerome Covington

ONCE MORE
Words and music Danielle Gasparro and Jerome Covington
© 2002 / woo hoo music, aromatone music / bmi

Could it be yesterday once more
Could you be walking through the door
To put your arms around the pain
And place it gently in the rain
And as we watch it wash away
We’ll share the laughter of today

They tell me
That I’ll
Find my peace

But I just cry
For I know that I
Don’t belong to yesterday

Could you bring yesterday to me
And we can take it to the sea
Sifting along through morning’s mist
We’ll place it here between our kiss
And as we watch it wash away
We’ll share the passion of today

They tell me
That I’ll
Find my peace

But I just cry
For I know that I
Don’t belong to yesterday

Pale Blue

Written By: Danielle Gasparro / Jerome Covington

You take a walk out in the park to let it go
You take your thoughts into the cold white winter snow
And you wander slow
You wonder why

The dream of green is fading Camouflaging souls
But don’t we both believe in dancing when we’re old
And you want to know
Should you even try
You wander slow
What will it take
And you’re wondering

Where are you
Pale blue
Where are you
Pale blue

The fields are open Birds belong to golden skies
But darkness falls into our water colored eyes
And you’re out in the cold
Wondering why
You want you know
What will it take
And you’re wondering

Where are you
Pale blue
Where are you
Pale blue

Falling down is the
easiest part
Stopping is easy but never
start again
Here we go we’re back on our
feet again
But we’re really wondering

Where are you
Pale blue

Birdsong

Written By: Danielle Gasparro/Geoff Martyn

BIRDSONG
danielle gasparro/geoff martyn
c 2008 woo hoo music BMI / copyright control

Birds set free
Sweet melody
Be it high or low
Trees stand tall
Through it all
Colors come and go

Wood can't turn the flame
The song cannot resist the refrain
The closer you get to the birdsong
The further you get from the pain

Clouds will fly
Through the sky
Whether gray or blue
Waves will break
Without heartache
That's just what they do

Wood can't turn the flame
The song cannot resist the refrain
The closer you get to the birdsong
The further you get from the pain

Can you imagine the ocean resisting
The nightly embrace of the moon
Or if the bluebird
Couldn't decide on the tune

The sun sets
With no regrets
Leaves the world behind
Stars spark
Silent in the dark
Calling heart and mind

Wood can't turn the flame
The song cannot resist the refrain

The closer you get to the birdsong
The closer you get to the birdsong
The closer you get to the birdsong
The further you get from the pain

Discography

2008 Birdsong
2006 Big Movie Screen (EP)
2004 Satisfied Mind
2002 The Day You Left (with the band LASZLO)

WEBSITE: http://www.myspace.com/dgasparro

Set List

ORIGINALS
All the Same
Ballad For A Sunny Day
Big Movie Screen
Birdsong
Call it a Day
Disappear
Dollar Five
Do You Remember
Don't Say A Word
Esperanza
Fragile Fingers
Here In My Room
Irish Pride
The Milky Way
Never Too Late
Once More
Pale Blue
Peace In The Air
Puget Sound
Quiet Night Air
Shadow of the Rain
Sit This One Out
Sittin' On A Corner
Tears are Only Water
Thank You For Breaking My Heart
Torrid Love Affair at Ollie�s Diner
Until Today
Wednesday Afternoon
With a Kiss
With a Smile

COVERS
Dream Operator
Can't Buy Me Love
Heart of Glass
I Can See Clearly Now
I'm Your Man
In My Secret Life
In the Pouring Rain
The Weight of the World