Addi McDaniel is a NYC based performer, writer and composer. Hailed as "a dynamo with a brass-plated voice" by the LA Times, McDaniel grew up in a vibrantly musical household in St. Augustine, FL. She was captivated by the songs of Rufus Wainwright, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen (“I’m drawn to any voice that conveys pathos, honesty and depth” she says) and fell in love with singing and writing her own poetry from an early age. After attending an arts high school and studying music and theater at Penn State University, McDaniel relocated to New York City to hone her craft. In 2012, she teamed up with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod to form the genre-bending duo Addi and Jacq which would go on to be crowned “Best Emerging Band in New York” by NPR-WNYC and perform everywhere from National Sawdust to the Apollo Theatre. Other performance venues include: Lincoln Center, BAM Café, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, City Winery, Birdland, Highline Ballroom and WNYC's Greenespace. As an actress she has performed leading roles at South Coast Rep, Arena Stage, The Guthrie and played Luisa in The Fantasticks at The Jerry Orbach Theatre in NY.