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Dani Mari

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Folk Pop





It's always nice when family gets together. Collective member Paul Maxwell remixed our brother Fear Club's collaborative tune with Dani Mari for our latest Filthy Fortune release. This one is loaded with the ultimate summer vibes. It has us feigning this upcoming Coachella with it's violet/pink/maroon sky emotions. - Modern Filth

"Tycho vs Brooklyn Shanti - The Rain ft. Dani Mari"

Early critical praise for the album has been supported from SPIN Magazine and Entertainment Weekly among others. - Brooklyn Radio

"Brooklyn musicians play tribute to Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson"

“A lot of their music is timeless and they are inspirations to generations of musicians,” said show organizer and musician Dani Mari. “It is rewarding to see what all the different musicians’ perspectives are on the artists.”

More than 20 musicians will perform at the show. Each will play a cover of either a Patsy Cline or Willie Nelson song and then they will play one original. - Brooklyn Daily

"CD Review: Brooklynshanti's 'Bedstuyle'"

Brooklynshanti's dance and electronic musings incorporate urban, reggae, hip-hop, soul, South Indian, and world fusions that are all delectable and sunny. The reggae fusions on "This Feeling" and contemporary hip-pop of "She" brings a bit of rock and pop to the forefront, but the vocals are still the major part of the song. The sunny and scintillating dance tune, "Sun Salutation," is ripe with killer grooves, female vocals, and great use of percussion and keyboard effects. "Garden Of Ghosts" is a sweet, electronic song with light female vocals and sparkling percussion and digital effects in the vein of Beth Orton. Some tracks feature the music of Karsh Kale, Dani Mari, Tinakristina, Vanessa Beatriz, Evelyn Sharma, Jahdan Blakkamoore, and others. The music is relatively lo-fi with an emphasis on grooves and instrumental medleys providing a majority of the accompaniment, but the vocals are equally important and varied. ~ Matthew Forss - Inside World Music

"BROOKLYN SHANTI Releases New Single 'This Feeling' With Video"

One would be mistaken in thinking, however, that Brooklyn Shanti is all intense profundity. The tracks "This Feeling," featuring the Reggae vocal styling of Jahdan Blakkamoore and fellow Cumba Mela co-founder Thornato, as well as "She," which features Brooklyn Shanti's own unique voice, are playful and summery promises of an album that is as willing to have as much fun as it is thoughtful. Such exuberance balances perfectly against nakedly melancholy tracks such as "Let It," featuring Karsh Kale and the Midival Punditz, and "Intervention." Shanti's impressive range also extends to the more meditative and spiritually minded "Sun Salutation," featuring the elegant Spanish vocals of Vanessa Beatriz and "The Rain," a dreamy track marked by Dani Mari's astounding voice and stirring orchestral instrumentation.

Bedstuyle is also characterized by a sense of global and emotional awareness. Tracks such as "Garden of Ghosts," for example, featuring Dani Mari, was written during a moment of phoenix and represents the reluctance to move on from life's transitional states. It moves seamlessly between Mari's haunting and ethereal vocals and a more electronic beat, in contrast to the purely acoustic track "33 1/3," which looks beyond the West to the realities of poverty and pain elsewhere in the world as it maintains its sense of the difficulties of personal life. It's also an artist's anthem, one that adamantly insists that the act of music making is essential to living. As Shanti insists, naming himself, "Nabin will never die/I'll remain alive/through the energy in these sounds." - Broadway World

"XPN's The Key: "Mirrors Release""

This past spring, the Philadelphia Folksong Society held a talent show of sorts, inviting local musicians to compete for an opening slot at this month’s Philadelphia Folk Festival. Singer-songwriter Dani Mari came out on top, her shining acoustic folk / pop songs earning her a set on Friday, August 16th’s Lobby Stage. Following March’s “Only” single (and several single releases from her dream-pop duo project Lockets) Dani Mari has shared a new collaborative single called “Mirrors.” Appearing on the track alongside Mari are local artists Griz, Reverend TJ McGlinchey, Christopher Davis-Shannon and Chris Miller. Stream and download the track below. Tickets and information for the 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival can be found here. Dani Mari will also be performing at the Brandywine Folk Fest and Musikfest. - XPN's The Key

"A Music Blog, Yea?: "Getting Cozy with . . . Dani Mari!""

Dear A Music Blog, Yea? and the wonderful folks in Canada,

This is Dani Mari and I am a pop-folk singer/songwriter from Philadelphia. I’m very excited to introduce my music to you and hope to visit Canada soon! My influences include Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline and Radiohead. The live performance includes myself on vocals and guitar, Reverend TJ McGlinchey on vocals and guitar, Christopher Davis-Shannon on standup bass and Chris Miller on drums. I recently released a single called “Mirrors” which features vocals from Griz. You can check out a single “Only” that I released before this with “Someplace Called Brooklyn.” I’m also part of a dreampop band called “Lockets” and will be working on a project this fall with Reverend TJ McGlinchey called “Lovers League.” I’ll be performing at a bunch of festivals this summer and hope to come to Canada soon!


Dani Mari :)
- A Music Blog, Yea?

"That Mag: Dani Mari- Like Something Out of a Fairy Tale"

by Emily Meenan

Dani Mari’s narrative, story-like songs are ear-catching and unusual to hear in this day and age. “I was very influenced by Billie Holiday at a young age and later got into Patsy Cline and a few other classic artists. I guess you can say I’m a pretty nostalgic person,” Mari explains. She originally grew up at the Jersey shore but has spent lots of time in Philadelphia and begun her musical career here.

Not only did she start her musical journey here, but lately she has been making forward leaps and bounds in the local music scene. “I was selected by the Philadelphia Folksong Society to compete with other musicians at Milkboy Philly,” Mari excitedly tells how the competition was done. “The judges based their decision off of the performance, the crowd reaction, turnout and the songs.” Thanks to that judged performance, she was chosen to perform at this year’s Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Not only is Mari playing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, she also has a few other festivals lined up, including Musikfest. Musikfest is right around the corner from Philly in Bethlehem, PA and is currently in progress! Dani Mari will be playing on the 10th, alongside many other must-see acts including Ke$ha. “I am interested to see how Ke$ha puts on a live performance,” Mari says. But not only pop-princess Ke$ha will be blowing minds that day. “I am also looking forward to seeing many great performers including Reverend TJ McGlinchey, The Wallace Brothers and Kwesi Kankam.”

Mari has a beautifully done new single, “Mirrors,” out currently with folk singer Griz. “I met Griz years ago in the Philly music scene and I have always been a big fan. I thought it would be great to collaborate on a song and I was grateful and honored when he agreed to sing on the track.” Listeners also seem to be grateful for this collaboration, which has been featured on WXPN’s “The Key.” Go stream it!

If you miss Dani Mari at one of the multiple festivals coming up, all hope is not lost! “I will be recording a collaboration project called “Lovers League” with Reverend TJ McGlinchey this fall. Our kickoff show will be at Connie’s Ric Rac on October 26th. I will also be busy performing at other shows and hosting open mics at Liberties, Sisters and Connie’s Ric Rac.” She also has some new music coming up soon, “I am working with a label called Someplace Called Brooklyn and will be releasing new music later in 2013.”

So, keep your eyes peeled and your ears opened for what Dani Mari does next, and try to catch her at Musikfest on the 10th, Philadelphia Folk Fest, or Brandywine Folk Fest! - That Mag

"Eat Sleep Breathe Music: Song of the Day: "Vampire" by Dani Mari"

Today’s song is “Vampire” by Dani Mari. This song is the Philadelphia based artist’s debut single. The song features haunting vocal styles and unique blend of genres. Dani Mari has been compared to Feist, Patsy Cline and Mazzy Star. She has performed at SXSW (Austin, TX), the World Cafe Live & Tin Angel(Philadelphia), the Bitter End, Piano’s & Caffe Vivaldi (NYC) and opened for Jeffrey Gaines, Birdie Busch, & John Francis. She was recently awarded “Artist of the Month” by Deli Magazine and “Acoustic Artist of the Year” by Origivation Magazine.
For more information on Dani Mari check out MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. Get her debut album Impulsive now on iTunes! - Eat Sleep Breathe Music

"Philly Happening: Happening Artist: Dani Mari"

If you’ve been searching for a soulful, spirited, folk-rock sound with pop essence, then look no further. Dani Mari, a Philadelphia based singer/songwriter who has been captivating her audiences with her Billie Holiday/Patsy Cline like voice for years will be at FDR Park on August 10, 2012 for a free outdoor music festival.

Dani Mari’s music is exploding with intelligent lyrics and clever melodies, a real hearty, soulful, sound that will surely captivate you from the moment you hear one of her hit singles “Vampire” or “Impulsive“. Often compared to the likes of Billie Holiday, Mazzy Star, Radiohead, Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan, this local artist is definately Happening!
- See more at: http://philly.happeningmag.com/centercity/happening-artist-dani-mari#sthash.1tMxbxxp.dpuf - Philly Happening

"XPN's The Key: Meet the hosts of the FDR Park Summer Concert Series"

Local singer-songwriters Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey have teamed up to host a monthly concert series in a popular South Philly park this summer. The FDR Park Summer Series kicked off on June 8th with performances by Griz and Kevin Killen, as well as sets from the hosts. The next concert in the series is this Friday featuring Toy Soldiers and Thom McCarthy. I sat down with Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey to chat about the FDR Park Summer Series, what they’ve been up to, their new band, Lovers League, and the pair recorded a couple of acoustic songs for us.

McGlinchey and Mari first met about seven years ago through the local open mic scene and reconnected in 2010 when Mari was the featured artist for Hezekiah Jones‘ open mic at JD Mc Gillicuddy’s in Ardmore. Since then, the pair have collaborated on recordings and performances: McGlinchey had Mari open for his CD release show at World Cafe Live in January. Now, in addition to hosting the FDR Park Summer Series, they are getting ready to record an album for their band, Lovers League.

Mari explains how the FDR Park Summer Series came about when she met Greg Jacovini, a member of the FDR Park Board. “He mentioned that they’re looking to have more live music there. I told him I had hosted a couple of festivals on the roof of Whole Foods a couple years ago. We were talking about it back and forth and finally decided to move forward and try to put something together for the summer.” They decided to put on a show once a month in the park. Mari contacted McGlinchey to co-host the concert series with her and he brought in his connections.

“Both my brothers are audio engineers,” he explained. “So it was easy to get sound. My little brother is doing the sound for it and bringing the PA. And just hanging out in the Philly scene I got to know some of the better musicians and had some connections to use there to get some good headliners.”

When asked about the vibe they were going for, McGlinchey laughed and responded, “Not heavy metal.” Each show will have a solo acoustic opener, followed by a set by Dani Mari and her band. McGlinchey will join her for a couple tunes, then McClinchey and his band will play a set, and a full band will close out each show, with the pair introducing each act. When asked about their hosting style, McGlinchey responded, “We have slightly awkward stage bits that we do. Mostly we kinda look at each other funny and go ‘uhhh..what?’ It’s a bit of a schtick.”

This Friday local singer-songwriter Thom McCarthy will open the show and the band Toy Soldiers will close out the night. McGlinchey says of Toy Soldiers, “They’re really good… it’s upbeat, dancey, and that’s what I go for [to] get the crowd going.” To make it more of an event, the pair have booked artists to show their works and the South Philly Food Co-Op will be participating for the concert this Friday. Since the series is free and open to the public, McGlinchey says, “there’s no excuse not to go.”

The August Summer Series show features opener Johnny Miles and headliner Ben Arnold. McGlinchey booked Ben Arnold, who he knew from hanging out in Manayunk and Rocksborough (and from opening for Arnold’s band US Rails). Mari brought in Johnny Miles, who she knows from the local music scene, to round out the line-up. For the September show, the pair booked local singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke and Philly folk rock band Railroad Fever. McGlinchey recorded his new album, Tell Me to Stay, in Lipke’s basement. As for the other bands, McGlinchey explains, ”a lot of people I know in the [Philly] folk scene I met through Raph in Hezekiah Jones…He used to do a lot of living room shows, so I’d go there and meet a ton of people and not really know who was who until I started going out and playing. But Railroad Fever is one of those bands.”

The pair also hope to put on a second FDR Park Summer Series next year. McGlinchey says “I’m hoping we make an impression this year and then next year they’ll recognize that we’ve done a good job and we can expand.” McGlinchey mentioned doing a longer show or extending the event and adding a punk rock stage at the skate park in FDR Park.

McGlinchey came to the interview on Tuesday with some pretty exciting news of his own. The musician had just found out that morning that he had been selected by the Philadelphia Folksong Society to play the main stage at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. McGlinchey explains, “I won a contest. It was called the Unsung Heroes Competition, it’s for campers and volunteers. They pick ten bands all together and then two out of that. So I get a spot on the main stage…I’m also gonna be playing keyboard with Griz that weekend so I’m gonna be busy. It’s the first year in maybe fifteen years that I’m not volunteering. I’ve been going my whole life so I’m really really excited. I think I have a built-in crowd just from camping.”

The pair were nice enough to record two songs they’ve been collaborating on - XPN's The Key

"When Giants Meet: Dani Mari's With Only"

Let’s all slow down a bit and end the day with something different to chill the stress away. Artist Dani Mari is preparing the release of her debut album on the label Someplace Called Brooklyn and has released visuals for her latest single ‘Only’. There’s not much that can fight the joy of an acoustic guitar and with the pleasant voice of Dani Mari dancing around, it just makes it all right you know? Stay up and current with the album release on March 19, 2013 and be sure to visit the Someplace Called Brooklyn Facebook page for more information. - When Giants Meet

"Tri-State Indie: Dani Mari Releases New Single "Only""

Dani Mari’s “Only” is a dedication to the moment we all fall in love. Expressing the dynamics of optimism and hope encountered at the very instant the human heart and brain work in concert to push forward a definitive message to the self, the song is a testament of the strongest impulse which ties us together through the bond of emotion. - Tri-State Indie

"Quintessence Music Group: QMG Special: New Dani Mari Single!"

Someplace Called Brooklyn is a music curation and event planning company since 1999. One of the artists that they work with is singer/songwriter Dani Mari. With her voice and her acoustic guitar, she tells stories of her life, past and present. Creating an emotional connection with her audience as she writes about topics such as love. Mari’s new single, “Only,” is about the moment we fall in love. Below is the official video for the song. More links on Mari can be found after the jump - Quintessence Music Group

"The Deli's Featured Artist of the Month: Dani Mari"

Our recent featured artist is certainly no stranger to Philly’s indie music scene. Whether she’s performing at one of our many venues, hosting an open mic of fresh faces or making sure that your glass is never empty as you listen to your new favorite tunes, Dani Mari is happy to be there helping our local music scene grow. Now, you have a chance to support her when she performs this Friday, July 2 at World Café Live (Downstairs). But first, here are a few words from the lovely Ms. Dani Mari. - The Deli Magazine

"Awarded Acoustic Artist of the Year by Origivation Magazine"

Awarded Acoustic Artist of the Year by Origivation Magazine - Origivation Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.



An avid fan of Billie Holiday and Mazzy Star, Dani Mari was born to sing. Her music is fueled by personal narratives embedded in the craft of classic story telling and the emotional insight of a most unlikely “old soul”. Audiences across the United States and throughout Europe have gravitated toward her beautifully haunting voice and the simplistic elegance of her lyrics which transcend our current snap shot of popular music.She has been featured on NPR, BBC, MTV, WXPN (including the Gene Shay Folk Show on WXPN) and Brooklyn Vegan and has collaborated with FEAR CLUB from Paris, Sun Glitters and was formally in the dreampop duo, Lockets. She has performed at SXSW, The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest and many other festivals and venues across the world. In addition she has performed with acts such as Sylvan Esso, St. Lucia, Twin Sister, Exitmusic, Widowspeak, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Mates of State, Patti Smith, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, Of Montreal and more.

Dani Mari is currently working with the folk-pop band Lovers League and is set to release a wider body of work for her solo project with boutique art label, Someplace Called Brooklyn. With nothing more than an acoustic guitar and stories of her life experience, her songs merely hint at Dani Mari’s desire to transport listeners the world over to an era of nostalgia which exists within the depths of her soul.

-“Dani Mari can hold her own with the best indie/folk singers.” - The Swollen Fox

-“Dani Mari’s angelic vocal sweeps over its accompaniment, sometimes mildly distorted in its layers it adds a wash of mystery.” - The 405

“Give a lot of credit to Dani Mari’s vocals, soft enough to evoke that whimsical innocence and strong enough to stand out against the sky-sized, sun-drenched melody.” - A Cosmic Soundscape

-“Dani Mari’s narrative, story-like songs are ear-catching and unusual to hear in this day and age.” - That Mag

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