Owen Danoff

Owen Danoff

 New York City, New York, USA

Award winning folk/rock artist and songwriter. Born in Washington, D.C. Berklee College of Music alum. Top 11 on Team Adam - Season 10 of NBC's The Voice.


Washington DC native Owen Danoff wrote and recorded his first song - complete with drums, bass, guitar, and piano - at age fifteen.  Now an award-winning songwriter with a Film Scoring degree from Berklee College of Music, Owen has emerged as a multi-talented musician and folk/rock solo artist.

Accolades include the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Grand Prize, multiple Washington Area Music Awards (pop/rock vocalist 2014, pop/rock album 2014 for his album Twelve Stories, pop/rock instrumentalist 2014, and pop/rock vocalist 2015), and mentions and features in national media outlets such as the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Elements of Owen’s music have been likened to that of Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Mayer, and the Wallflowers, among others – though the end result is all his own.  Owen’s music combines a clear lyrical emphasis in the vein of the songwriters that inspired him with a love for memorable hooks and the energy of rock and roll.

Owen’s first full-length album Twelve Stories is a testament to both his songwriting and instrumental abilities.  Released in May 2014, Twelve Stories features Owen on both bass and guitar alongside a band that includes guest musicians such as Rami Jaffee and Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters. 

In August of 2015, Owen released his award-winning song "No Such Thing" (American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Writing Contest first prize) as a single on iTunes.

Owen was a contestant on Season 10 of NBC’s The Voice, and reached the Top 11.  After having all four coaches express interest in working with him (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams), Owen spent his time working with Adam, as well as Tori Kelly and Miley Cyrus in the process.

Most recently, Owen released his new song, Love on Your Side, in July 2016.  It is the title track off of an EP to follow in September.


Hometown Headstone

Written By: Owen Danoff

Well, I am driving down the highway
One slip and I’m a cross beside the road
Still I’m steering my Toyota like a starship
In a movie while the space station explodes
And it is windy, but I’m warm
And it is raining, there’s a storm up overhead
But back behind my windshield, I feel nothing
Like I’m looking down from heaven with the dead

I hear there’s gold in California
And anyone can stake a claim
But I’ll just hold my old gas pedal down
Because no hometown headstone
Will ever bear my name

Well, when you’re driving down the highway
You can’t help but turn to matters of romance
So I think of all my loves that flew away on wings of things I couldn’t say
Back when I had the chance
Or when I still lived with my family
I went out, I had a date, I held her hand
She asked me if I lived at home, I said, “I’m not homeless”, she said, “That’s not what I mean”, and I said I didn’t understand

But I hear there are mermaids in the water by the islands
With hair as bright as a flame
But I’ll just hold my old gas pedal down
Because no hometown headstone
Will ever bear my name

Well, I am driving down the highway
There ain’t no shadow that can catch me on this chase
I used to feel like the whole skyline of the city left behind me
Was built off of my mistakes
So while I’m lost somewhere in limbo, watching water wash the window, I think of home
And of my mother, yes I’ll miss her, but you know
Sometimes it feels good to feel alone

I hear it’s gorgeous in the mountains
But the view’s always the same
So I’ll just hold my old gas pedal down
Because no hometown headstone is waiting there
No hometown headstone will ever bear my name
Ever bear my name…