Shayla McDaniel creates a seamless blend of jazz and alternative pop. The singer-songwriter began to pursue music in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. Having dabbled in music for several years, McDaniel began to take her music more seriously after a friend challenged her to step out of her comfort zone and onto a bigger stage. She rose to the challenge and released the singles “Coffee” and “I'll Leave the Light On,” and soon after performed in the Cre865 Showcase, the official Startup Day afterparty. She also went on to perform live on-air at WUTK 90.3 FM, WDVX 89.9 FM, WOZO 103.9 FM, and at Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival and Women in Jazz Jam Festival. McDaniel caught the attention of the Knoxville Music Warehouse, who chose her song “I’ll Leave the Light On” as one of the top 16 songs from Knoxville Artists in 2016. cDaniel's latest release “26 Letters” is now available, and she will continue to play local and regional shows for growing audiences.
"I'll Leave the Light On" one of "The Top 16 Tracks/Singles From Knoxville Artists In 2016" - Knoxville Music Warehouse “lets her passion shine through and her live on-air performance was nothing short of amazing...” - WUTK 90.3 FM
"dynamic enough for the sensibilities of alt-rock and coffee-house singer songwriter fans alike" - Knoxville Music Warehouse "Knoxville has yet another promising young voice coming up in the scene in Shayla McDaniel." - Knoxville Music Warehouse
"...brought on cheers when she came on stage with a bright, enthusiastic face... She may have been a young face, but her musical ability and talent truly brought life into the scene."-TNJN “...pulled the beauty and humanity out of ...commonplace communal objects”- Blank News