Dani Joy is a California based singer/songwriter/instructor and proud featured artist of Ko’aloha Ukulele.
Her world-influenced style is soothing, romantic and fun, blending vintage jazz with latin rhythms and contemporary classics. She is most noted for her crooning alto vocals and tasteful fingerpicking accompaniment.
Soon after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (Illustration 2010), her Dad Stu Herreid gave her an ukulele, opening an unexplored world of jazz and endless possibilities on four strings. When her family opened a music store in Roseville, CA in 2013, Dani found her purpose in life; exploring music and sharing it with the world.
Expressing her art through music, Dani has entranced audiences across the country with her velvet vocals and compassionate style of teaching. Her first album was released in 2015 entitled “Let Me Introduce Myself” and features a mix of inventive takes on modern pop songs, with a sprinkling of originals. Today she is diligently working on her next album of original songs, using events in her own journey as inspiration. One of those songs entitled “Mama you said” speaks to the angst of youth in comical prose, lamenting the parental promises of success in a world where hard work is the only route. Another original “Mon Ami”, co-written in French, has a sweet jazzy rhythm and soothing, meaningful lyrics that communicate a friendship of two people who live a world apart.
Along with songwriting and performing, music instruction is a true passion. Dani has been teaching privately along with hosting workshops across California and Nevada since 2013. She has also been an ambassador for Northern California’s “Ukes for Schools” program, teaching in schools in the Sacramento/Roseville districts alongside enthusiastic teachers. Her most recent project involved leading a “Peewee Ukulele Orchestra” which was featured at the GoldPan Ukulele Festival in Auburn (Aug 2017). For this child orchestra she had fun dissecting several compositions, working out parts based on each child’s ability, and in the process teaching 9 children (ages 8-11 1/2) about song structures and performance.
Originally from Redding, CA, she now resides in Grass Valley, CA, touring as often as possible across the USA and internationally to venues and festivals across the globe. Her second album is set to release in late Spring 2018.