New York based songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Daphne Gampel weaves elements of jazz, folk, and neo-soul into a refreshing sound. Her voice is smoky yet pure, rich yet bright, and her eclectic writing style is the result of a unique musical background. The daughter of the widely celebrated, Paris-based concert pianist Alan Gampel, Daphne grew up seeped in classical music and began taking piano lessons at the age of five. Already inspired to write her own music, Daphne took to the guitar in the following years, learning samba, bass nova, and other styles with indelible influence on her musical style. A vocal major at New York City’s prestigious LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and Performing Arts, Daphne trained as a classical vocalist while cultivating her songwriting in the New Music Ensemble, a workshop-based composing lab.
Daphne has been awarded National Singer-Songwriter Finalist by the Young Arts Foundation (2015), Young Artist award winner by the Songwriters Association of Washington (2017), and admitted to the 2018 Johnny Mercer Foundation’s Songwriters Project at Northwestern University. Daphne currently studies jazz performance and composition at Wesleyan University with distinguished pianist and composer Noah Baerman. Along with her studies, Daphne has been involved with Green Street Center’s Music Mentor program, the Lullaby Project in Middletown, the Massillon Conservatoire in Paris, Resonant Motion, Inc and other music projects. With a belief in music’s power to effect positive change, Daphne continues to write, perform, and search for new ways to connect people through music.
Daphne has just released her debut album as singer-songwriter, Eventide, on Resonant Motion Records.