“I love that when you tell a story, it can ruin the movie, but not the song.”
It was a winter’s evening at a house concert in Maryland. Singer/songwriter Owen Danoff had just finished telling the audience the story behind one of his songs when he said this- it struck me because I had never quite thought of it that way before. Danoff is a born storyteller, but he also has a knack for taking a simple concept or sentiment and finding profound truths hidden within.
The Hamilton was sold out last Thursday, packed with people eager to see Owen Danoff, the 25-year-old DC native known for competing on The Voice. Caroline Moseley made the trek from Fort Belvoir. She discovered Danoff on The Voice, which she said she didn’t usually watch: “Most of the stuff on the show is so overproduced, but Owen’s voice sounded genuine and honest,” she said.
At some point in our lives we make a decision that in scriptwriting is called, “the point of no return.” For three D.C. musicians, their choice to compete on two of NBC’s popular singing shows, The Voice and The Sing-Off, was the “point of no return” in their musical journeys.
Singer-songwriter Owen Danoff earned some high profile, prime time exposure earlier this year when he landed a spot on Adam Levine’s team during Season 10 ofThe Voice. In his run on the show, which saw him make it into the Top 11, the D.C. native showed off his vocal skills by taking on songs both classic (“Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, “Fire And Rain”) and modern (“7 Years”, “Lego House”).
Today Idolator is premiering Owen’s first post-Voice single, “Love On Your Side.” It’s aBeatles-esque track that showcases both the 26-year-old singer’s folky side as well as his pop sensibilities.
Owen Danoff, one of the top contenders from Team Adam Levine for this season's "The Voice US," competed for a spot in the top 11 before being eliminated in Week 3.
Danoff, who was one of those few contestants in this series who got four chair-turn by all the four judges, has been familiar with music since an early age. His father, Bill Danoff, is a Grammy award winner, and also a songwriter and one of the original members of the Starland Vocal Band. So it doesn't come as a surprise that after finishing high school, Owen enrolled in Berklee College of Music, Boston, and graduated with a degree in film scoring.
Danoff finished at the 11th place in Season 10 of "The Voice US." In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, India, he shares the highlights of his journey in "The Voice US" Season 10.
Singer-songwriter Owen Danoff has been making the rounds at Washington-area venues for more than five years. A performance at Ebenezers Coffeehouse. A show at Jammin’ Java. Opening for other musicians at the Hamilton and the Birchmere. At most, he played for a few hundred people; at the least, a few dozen.
But since early March, his music has been reaching millions of ears that tune in on weekday evenings to hear him sing and strum his guitar.
Danoff’s latest gig: contestant on “The Voice,” the NBC singing competition.
Music is in “The Voice” contestant Owen Danoff’s DNA.
I got a great little mention in the Huffington Post blog this week, written by a man who was in the audience when I jumped up for a song at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville over the summer.
Here's the mention:
Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Grand Prize Winner! Press release follows:
I'm thrilled to announce I won the March/April 2015 American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest for my song "No Such Thing (As You And Me)"!