11 a.m., Oct. 17
RIYL: Tori Roze, Sacha Boutrous, Danielle LoPresti
Influences: Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson
"I am a singer," says Anna Danes. "A singer with: asthma, sleep apnea, chronic sinusitis, and allergies. Oh, and I also have pericarditis, and a leaky heart valve, and arrhythmia. And all kinds of gut issues." Danes says she deals with these issues via her music and writing.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer this week," Danes posted on Facebook in summer 2016. "I am making my story public in order to demystify the disease more and to potentially help others. I am one of the lucky ones: my cancer was caught early."
Her 2016 album Find Your Wings, which debuted on the iTunes jazz charts at number one, was produced by Dave Darling (Mötley Crüe, the Stray Cats).
“It’s a cross between the Great American Songbook and original material. I felt I was at a place in my life where I was ready to write my own music so I did — half of the songs I wrote or co-wrote with Mary Harris and Cindy Alexander and one with Janiva Magness. The rest are standards that spoke to me at that point in my life.”
- Find Your Wings