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Daniel is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer/teacher born and raised in Richmond, VA.  A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Jazz Studies program, Daniel has gone on to perform and record all over the world.  His playing has been heard everywhere from The White House to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Daniel’s eclectic and prodigious musicianship can’t be contained by one specific genre.  His ear for quality has made him a sought after collaborator by artists such as k.d. lang, The War on Drugs, and countless others spanning all genres.  He released the 7” single “Diamonds” on Pax Am in 2015.  Daniel also serves as the Music Director for SPARC’s Live Art, a program at the leading edge of arts education, integrating performing arts curriculum with special education to create a unique and powerful program for students of all abilities. This program means a great deal to Daniel on a personal level; it is for him a representation of just what the Richmond arts community is capable of when it’s creative visionaries come together with a shared purpose. 

“Pianist Daniel Clarke’s greatest asset may not be his talent, which is prodigious, or his charm, which is substantial. His not-so-secret appeal is the genuine, borderline-inspirational joy he takes in [collaborating with] others.” – Style Weekly

"’Diamonds’ is a pristine document of Clarke's soul and R&B influences, making for an unforgettable listening experience.” - Diffuser

Artists with whom Daniel has written or worked: 

Don Was

Todd Herrington

Modern Groove Syndicate                                   

Devil’s Workshop Big Band

Steve Bassett

Jesse Harper

Love Canon

Colin Killalea

Juliana Daugherty

Trey Pollard

Michael McDonald

Paul Williams

Sarah Bareilles

Josh Groban       

Sarah McLachlan

Keb’ Mo

Rene Marie

Grace Vanderwaal

Rob Thomas

Colbie Caillat

Rayvon Owen




k.d. lang

War on Drugs

Lake Street Dive

Mandy Moore

Jason Mraz

Natalie Prass

Spacebomb Records

Mike Viola

Matthew E. White

Teddy Thompson

Dan Wilson

The Dixie Chicks

Rachael Yamagata

Johnny Depp

Bob Mould

Jenny Lewis

Jello Biafra

The Kronos Quartet

Chris Stills

Butch Walker