Described as, "untarnished by the politics of music" (Jazz Music Archives) and "at home alongside more contemporary exponents of improvised singing" (LoudMouth, AU) Danielle Wertz has rapidly gained national acclaim. An award-winning artist on the rise, Danielle's compositions and arrangements weave together elements of modern jazz, folk and the use of her voice as an instrumental texture to create an intimate and personal musical world.
After being named a 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition semi-finalist, Danielle independently released her debut album, Intertwined. This collaboration with pianist Tal Cohen ranked #4 on Capital Bop's list of "Best DC Jazz Albums of 2017" and has continued to receive high praise since its release. That same year Danielle placed 2nd in the Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition and 3rd in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition.
In 2022 Danielle co-created and co-starred in Signature Theatre’s production of Both Sides Now: The Music and Lives of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. DC Theatre Arts called her performance “enchanting and reverent.” In March 2023 she released her sophomore album, “Other Side” via Outside in Music and self-produced a national release tour including venues such as Blues Alley Jazz in DC, Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia and Sam First in Los Angeles.
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"Untarnished by the politics of music, what's brought forth is pure, innocent and simply beautiful."
-Carmel DeSoto, Jazz Music Archives
"Wertz is operating with a literate and studious harmonic knowledge, and a refreshing clarity of sound free from the imitative mannerisms that dog many jazz vocalists."
-Chris Hale, Glam Adelaide
"Many of the jazz vocalists I listen to for review here have no idea about getting truly intimate with the listener, but Danielle has a talent like few others in this arena."
-Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
"Throughout the program, one can hear how much time the musicians spent exploring the songs, moving away from cliched performances into interpretations that are more personal. That's what audiences usually want [...] If the emotions are honest, the music has power."
-Richard B. Kamins from Step Tempest