Danya River

Danya River

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Startling, Uplifting, and Incredibly Evocative." -Rosanne Cash "Danya River is a thousand pound gorilla strutting through a china shop of mediocre songwriters" -Voodoo Lounge, SF

Biography

Welcome!
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CLICK THE "VIDEO" LINK ABOVE TO MEET DANYA RIVER!
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The audio tracks included in this press kit are a sampling of tracks from Danya's unreleased album produced by Michael Hynes of Hideout Studios, Austin, TX. www.hideoutstudios.com
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BIOGRAPHY

MUSICIAN:
Mentored by her father, composer/producer Robert Gass, Danya River started playing guitar and writing original songs at age fourteen and, through high school, performed as a solo singer-songwriter and as a member of an competitive, a cappella jazz choir. After high school, she went on to study vocal, world and experimental music at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Danya released her first, self-produced album of original works at the age of 21.

As an independently touring and recording singer-songwriter, Danya has spent eight years managing all aspects of a solo singer-songwriter career from: song writing, management, marketing, booking, promotion & performance, to record production & distribution. She is a fountain of ideas for new, innovative models in the areas of: marketing & promotion, music production & recording, professional & artistic development, and song writing, and is presently focused on expressing her musicality offstage.

Danya River's 2004 EP, "Bone by Bone" was selected as one of CD Baby's favorite albums and was featured on their front page drawing the following review from the CD Baby staff:
"A perfect meeting of the obvious and the subtle, the coarse and the silky, the warm and the rugged. Female, country-tinged, folk- based pop, unlike the cliches, sparkles through this album. Taking bits of bluesy ache, the 70s folk rock tradition, Americana and plenty of other little nuggets of goodness, she's created a lush composite that…pushes ahead with a stylistic mix that's too elusive for simple descriptions, too speckled with ambivalence to be summed up in a few words. Every track is a volume in itself." -CD BABY

Danya River is an ambitious young artist who lights up the country with her exquisite mix of "evocative writing, dark intriguing guitar work, and a velvet voice that ranges from formidable to ethereal." (KRFC, Fort Collins) She has opened for national acts such as Shawn Colvin, Melissa Ferrick and Matt Nathanson and at 24 was named Boulder’s "Best Artist" in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Rosanne Cash calls River's songwriting "uplifting, startling, and incredibly evocative."

On stage River reveals a "stark honesty, an uncanny charisma, an overwhelming intimacy in the way she sings into each person's eyes" (Scene Magazine). She is a regular at venues including The Fox Theatre (Boulder, CO), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA) and the Bitter End (NYC). And she has received recognition for her song writing through the Northern California Songwriter's Association, The Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Danya River is living in her hometown, Boulder, CO. She is currently off the road building a team to help release her new, self-titled CD produced by Austin-based producer/engineer, Michael Hynes of the Hideout Studios.
http://www.hideoutstudios.com

STUDIO VOCALIST AND PRODUCER:
Danya has over 13 years of studio vocal work experience on many varied recording projects throughout the US and the UK. She grew up in the studio assisting her father, Robert Gass, with his elaborate choral productions that have sold over 600,000 units. She now co-produces with him and is the lead vocalist for their new release, “Kirtana”, a collection of devotional Sanskrit chants.

VISUALS/FINE ARTS:
Danya is also a professional painter and mixed-media artist. She brings a highly developed and a uniquely beautiful aesthetic to everything she does. Her visual artistry is a powerful adjunct to her performances and marketing.

LIFE & SONG-WRITING COACHING:
Founder of Everything Is Art Creativity & Songwriting coaching, Danya is a powerful leader and team player. Raised by parents who teach communication, relationship and leadership seminars her emotional intelligence and respect and care for others is exceptional. Danya additionally has seven years extensive training in personal transformation, communication, and global leadership with Landmark Education. As a creativity coach and consultant she provides infrastructure and accountability for her clients to lead inspiring, joyfully-expressive lives. As a song-writing coach, Danya helps songwriters go deeper into the songwriting process and translate more profoundly to their audience.

MUSIC EDUCATION SOFTWARE DEVELOPER:
Danya is a head content developer for Midisoft’s upcoming guitar teaching software, “My Guitar Teacher.” She brings a torrent of fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and visionary leadership to each project. She has worked on the Midisoft tea

Lyrics

Bone by Bone

Written By: Danya River

when I was eating peaches
Mama called me on the phone
She echoed like a drifter
she said "Baby, please come home.
I need you home"

In my unraveled sweater
in my ageless stomping boots
I drove home to Mama
to see what baby girl could do
to see what I could...

Home, home going home
bone by bone going home
home, home going home
bone by bone I'm going home

He was in the kitchen
Mama fed him with a spoon
and how his eyes are spark-less
and my father cannot move
what am I supposed to...

Home, home going home
bone by bone going home
home, home going home
bone by bone he's going home

Up we lifted Papa
from his wheels onto the bed
and I read him stories
like he did when we were kids
like he read when we were...

Home, home going home
bone by bone going home
home, home going home
bone by bone he's going home

I long for my daddy
like he was a year ago
and how my blood remembers
my mother's echo on the phone
in the echo...of my home

Rather Be With You

Written By: Danya River

I'd rather be at home with you, Love
making bubble moustaches in our double bath tub
and I could kiss you all night
until we fall asleep to the bathroom night light

I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you
Rather be with you

Just you wait ’til we get bored
I will start picking fights and play punk music on the harpsichord
And then we'll get a fake divorce
and you can have the goldfish if I get the Ouija board

I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you
rather be with you, Love
I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you
Rather be with you

BRIDGE:
we'll let the whole world in
let the whole world in
We’ll let the whole world
And swallow it whole
we'll let the whole world in
let the whole world in
We’ll let the whole world

You're my new love every day
the earth, making gentle pirouettes in the boundless arms of space
as we get lost in the ballet
spinning '’til our breathless silhouettes soften into gray

I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you
Rather be with you, Love
I'd rather be with you
I'd rather be with you
rather be with you

Excalibur

Written By: Danya River

I will give you my Excalibur
you wield it like no other king can.
Twist the blade, undress my heart
where you can heal your battled hand

Lay me down my king
Warrior, I will lay you down
Lay me down my king
Warrior, I will lay you down

I will lead you where I wish I did not live,
Will you plant me violets there?
and fold me in the dawning of your arms?
Will you catch my weary tears?

Lay me down my king
Warrior, I will lay you down
Lay me down my king
Warrior, I will lay you down

Restless One come rest with me.
Lay your vigil down.
Love's the treasure of your wanderings.
May love bejewel your crown.

Lay me down my king
Warrior, I will lay you down
Lay me down my king
Warrior, I won’t let you down

I will give you my Excalibur
You wield it like no other king can

Fishing

Written By: Danya River

VERSE I:
you can't go fishing for long
til you catch something
maybe a fish or a song
you'll catch something

surely you could throw it back again
or you could dine
or let it hang gasping on your line
while you decide

come on, come on, come on
let's go fishing

VERSE II:
You can't go walking for long
til you meet something
maybe a scar on the road
sets your soul stumbling

surely you could keep on marching by
until it's gone
Or let love press the archives of your heart
and carry it on

come on, come on, come on
let's go walking

VERSE III:
You can't go fishing for long
til you catch something
maybe the spark that you lost
illuminates everything

surely you could dampen it again, or you could shine
or let it fade on you fishing line
while you decide

Come on, come on, come on
let's go fishing

Kisses and Milk

Written By: Danya River

kisses and milk
I crave your long embraces
ahhh

your vast unwavering eyes
untie me like shoelaces
ahhh

how could I tell you?
What if you knew how much I care?
I want to inhale ‘til I burst into
a million molecules of air

You touch my face
and I glow like a firefly
ahh

And we weave winding trails
as we twirl into twilight
ahh

how could I tell you?
What if you knew how much I care?
I want to inhale ‘til I burst into
a million molecules of air

how could I tell you?
What if you knew how much I care?
I’m gonna inhale ‘til I burst into
a million molecules of air

Loneliest Lifetime

Written By: Danya River

I stopped writing letters when you died
I stopped waiting for the evening tide
I don't think I even cried
'Cause I was dead but still alive
I am dead but still alive
In this Loneliest Lifetime

But I've been living like I'm fine
I'm planting all my own road signs
But Love, I may as well be blind
Without you
Love I may as well be blind
In this Loneliest Lifetime

Everything we dreamed we'd be
is now a wingless melody
Love is lost, and I am here
Where every twilight lasts for years
and even tears they are not mine
In this Loneliest Lifetime

And I feel dead but I’m still alive
In this Loneliest Lifetime

And I pray you’re my Angel
In this Loneliest Lifetime

Rockstar

Written By: Danya River

I sing like a diva in the shower
And rock out to the radio in my car
Clearly, my talent is a miracle
And someday you will know that I’m a star

CHORUS:
Woah I could be a Rockstar, too
And they’ll love me like they love you
I could be a Rockstar too
And they’ll love me like I love you

Don't you know how good I look in leather
Black mascara running down my face
Slaying the critics with my Stratocaster
Banging my head to the drum and bass

I was built for strutting in the spotlight and
winking at the hotties in the crowd
they love the way I shake my wicked booty
my voice bewitches like no other sound

CHORUS

I'm the one who everyone admires
and all the hipsters copies my hairdo
see my photo in the tabloid paper
sporting my new cobra tattoo

Though I am the ambassador coolness
It's my modesty that shocks them all
I will never say that "I'm the next big thing"
Cause that would be admitting that I'm small

CHORUS

I sing like a diva in the shower
And rock out to the radio in my car
Clearly, my talent is a miracle

Run to You

Written By: Danya River

I’m turning in my sheet there’ll be no more
Ghosts in this town
You won’t have to hunt me down

You’ll never know how lost I’ve been
I’ve been dead and back again

All I did was starve myself
A cemetery in my mouth
Until I was a skeleton
Of the woman I had been

CHORUS:
I just wanna run
I just wanna run
I just want to run to you
I just want run
I just wanna run
I just want to run to you

Sometimes I see your truck go by
and every time I start to cry
I blow my cover one more time
‘Cause I say I don’t care but I’m lying

CHORUS

I am really missing you
And find I’m always running to
men who almost feel like home
Cause I don’t want to feel alone

I don’t want to be alone
A princess with a broken throne
Waving from the catacombs

CHORUS

I’m turning in my sheet there’ll be no more
Ghosts in this town
You won’t have to hunt me down

San Francisco

Written By: Danya River

I rode the Zephyr. I boarded in Denver
my savings tucked in a wad in my sneaker
Utah was flying past the window beside me
Sweeping away all the clutter that confines me going to….

San Francisco
Where graceful people
can't find parking and resort to circling seven days a week
past the houses, Painted Ladies
swaying gaily from the hills down onto Mission Street

Here at the station I've lost my tempo
You, my Love, lead me to a palace in the Castro
I meet the master, a lord in leopard and lace
who gives us red wine and lets us crash at his place

San Francisco, where graceful people
can't find parking but prefer their walking seven days a week
past the houses, Painted Ladies
swaying gaily from the hills down onto Mission Street

Who Else Will

Written By: Danya River

If you must go, then you must go
Only you know how to find your way
Even if this takes you all night, through secret lives
And into Day

CHORUS:
If you don't live the life you dream
then who else will?
Who else will?
Who else will live the life you dream?

When the slow beacon starts to burn
and winter turns turn from ash to green
You, my Love, are the one to part the deadest sea
and pass between

If you don't live the life you dream
then who else will?
Who else will?
Who else will live the life you dream?

And now you’re an arrow in the dark
And you are its lucky mark
And in the marrow of your heart
You know everything you need

And if you don't live the life you dream
then who else will?
Who else will?
Who else will live the life you dream?

All This Time

Written By: Danya River

You are an arctic refuge
and a hundred words for snow
Or maybe you're a lost volcano
and I'm growing where you used to flow

But see I sprouted where you left
a thousand pieces of my heart behind
and now I finally have the confidence
to ask you where your love was all this time, all this time

oooh, all this time, oooh

I am not a child anymore
I am nineteen turning twenty in July
The years have peeled away my fury and
I am shaking like a newborn butterfly

oooh, all this time, oooh

Though you may never be the father
that I wished I had had
And though my brothers may never forgive you
I'm still praying that I can, I promise you I can

oooh, for all this time, oooh

Though you never told him I'm alive
I thought I'd give a call to meet your dad
And when I heard his anger ring
I think I finally knew why you have been so sad
Why you’re so sad

oooh, for all this time, oooh

Discography

Danya River, 2008 (LP...unreleased)
Kirtana, 2006 (LP)
Bone by Bone, 2004 (EP)
Within/Without, 2001 (LP)

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CONTACT INFO:

Danya River
Danya@danyariver.com
(720) 309 5904
Boulder, CO