Producer, Arranger, Educator
Hailing from Brooklyn, Mel Daneke is a contemporary performer, arranger, producer, and instructor. Mel graduated from Ithaca College in December of 2013 with a B.M. in Vocal Performance, minor in Audio Production, and also studied Music Education. While in college she performed in three of her own conceptual recitals and in the IC Opera Studio, Opera Workshops, IC Opera, Choral Ensembles, Percussion and Steel Band Ensemble, and smaller ensembles. She’s traveled to Germany performing in the International Performing Arts Institute to further her performance training. While at school, Mel was the conductor, arranger, and choreographer of Ithaca College’s all-female a cappella group, Premium Blend.
After graduation, Mel auditioned and was accepting into the internationally renowned vocal band, Musae, as the group’s Vocal Percussionist. With Musae, she’s traveled extensively performing at festivals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and all over the United States. Under her artist name, Del Manks, she releases covers and original work. Her works and CARA-nominated production has appeared on compilations like Sing, BOHSA, Voices Only, and Voices Only Forte.
Mel’s passion for music continues through teaching and sharing her musical knowledge. With an extensive knowledge of vocal techniques and pedagogy, she specializes in in-studio coaching and masterclasses. Her workshops (“Exploring the Voice”, “Vocal Percussion”, “The Prism Effect”) and masterclasses have been featured at Boston Sings Festival, SoJam A Cappella Festival, Kettering A Cappella Festival, UK Voices Festival, New Jersey A Cappella Festival, and the National A Cappella Convention.
Mel has a knack for exploring and creating new sounds produced from the human voice. Her production work stems from a love of percussion and vocal music. Mel consistently draws inspiration from her diverse background in many styles of music, including Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band Music, EDM, R&B, Funk, Gospel, Opera, Glo-Fi, Rock, and Reggae. She fully believes that there’s diva/rock star inside of every performer, and she can help you find yours.
Hear Her Sound
"Mel was extremely professional, extremely knowledgable, and a lot of fun to work with. We simply cannot wait to have her back."
Marc Silverburg | Satellite Lane