Dayna Kurtz

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Dayna Kurtz is an American singer/songwriter. Her music has been described as a blend of jazz, folk, pop and blues. She was named Female Songwriter of the Year in 1997 by the National Academy of Songwriters.

Norah Jones (who duets on Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" on Kurtz's 2004 album "Beautiful Yesterday") and Bonnie Raitt have raved about Kurtz in interviews, and she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Café, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition and Tell Me More.

She has toured as a supporting act with Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and the late B.B. King and Richie Havens, as well as with Rufus Wainwright, Keren Ann, Chris Whitley, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Kurtz has recorded two Secret Canon albums, collecting obscure blues and R&B gems originally recorded in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

Critic James Reed of the Boston Globe wrote in a review of Beautiful Yesterday that "there's no logical reason why singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz is not a full-blown star".

In 2015 Dayna Kurtz released Rise and Fall, which features “You’re Not What I Needed (But You’re All That I Want),” which she called her "Dan Penn" song.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Footprints 1
2002 Postcards From Downtown 1
2006 Another Black Feather.... For The Wings Of A Sinner 1
2012 American Standard 1
2013 Secret Canon Vol. 2 1
Beautiful Yesterday 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
Otherwise Luscious Life 1

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