"A dynamo with a brass-plated voice"
- Los Angeles Times
Addi McDaniel is a NYC based performer, writer and composer. Hailed as "a dynamo with a brass-plated voice" by the Los Angeles Times, she has performed original work at National Sawdust, The Apollo, BAM Café, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, Highline Ballroom and WNYC's Greenespace. She co-founded the genre-bending duo Addi & Jacq with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod, which would go on to be crowned the “Best Emerging Band in New York” by WNYC.
As an actress she has starred in productions at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Guthrie, NSMT and played Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. She is on the faculty at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and has a private voice studio. She loves nature and making music.
song and video created and performed by Addi McDaniel and Ariel Weissberger
created for Edible Schoolyard NYC
private voice studio
Before I started working with Addi McDaniel I was experiencing a lot of vocal problems. I felt like I was straining every time I would sing and got vocally exhausted quickly. When I started taking voice lessons with Addi, she asked if I could choose three words to describe how I wanted my voice to feel when I'm singing. After training with Addi for 2 years I remembered that question and those three words I gave her and realized they are now how I would describe my voice, thanks to her training. She has helped my voice tremendously and I bring her knowledge into everything that I perform. She is also such a positive, uplifting, and amazing human being. I am so grateful for all of her help and how she’s transformed me as a performer.
Two years ago I had doubted my abilities and felt singing was more of a chore rather than something I could enjoy. In such a short amount of time Addi McDaniel has helped me gain confidence, comfortability, and ease in my voice that I thought would take many years to accomplish. She truly gets to know your voice and gives you the tools possible to make you sound the way you’ve imagined and more. Along with being a hardworking and supportive teacher, she cares about her students and has become someone I can confide in and rely on. Addi goes above and beyond for her students which makes the perfect blend for an ideal voice teacher.
Addi was so encouraging and supportive and made me feel comfortable to go out of my comfort zone and try new things or work on things that I wasn’t the strongest in. I feel my vocal quality and health has improved greatly under her instruction as well as my confidence in my own instrument. Absolutely recommend this incredible person to anyone and everyone!