Dayna Kurtz

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Dayna Kurtz
Genres Jazz, folk, Americana
Occupation(s) Songwriter, producer, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active ?-present
Labels Kismet Records

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".[1]

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.[2]



  • 1997 - Otherwise Luscious Life - live / (Deebles Music - OUT OF PRINT)
  • 2002 - Postcards From Downtown / (Kismet Records, US) - featuring ETHEL
  • 2003 - Love Gets in the Way / CD Single (Munich Records/Europe)
  • 2003 - Postcards From Amsterdam (Live in Concert DVD) / (Munich Records, Europe, Kismet, USA)
  • 2004 - Beautiful Yesterday / (Kismet Records, US) - featuring ETHEL
  • 2004 - The Beautiful Yesterday Sessions LIMITED EDITION EP / (Kismet Records US, online only)
  • 2006 - Nola / (Munich Records/Europe)
  • 2006 - Another Black Feather / (Kismet Records US)
  • 2009 - American Standard
  • 2010 - For the Love of Hazel: Songs for Hazel Dickens - Dayna Kurtz & Mamie Minch (6 tracks)
  • 2012 - Secret Canon Vol. 1
  • 2013 - Secret Canon Vol. 2
  • 2015 - Rise and Fall

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  1. ^ Reed, James (August 6, 2004). "Dayna Kurtz/Beautiful Yesterday". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  2. ^ from an interview on Americana Music Show #250, published June 9, 2015.

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