Danie Ocean Bio

Danie "Ocean" Jackson


BSR Contributor Since July 29, 2019

Danie Jackson, who goes by Danie Ocean onstage (she/they pronouns), is a musician and singer/songwriter based in Media, PA.

Danie “Ocean” Jackson is a musician and singer/songwriter based in Media, PA. She’s a queer, Black, visually disabled, gender nonconforming artist and nonprofit founder who was honored in 2018 by Governor Wolf as one of 40 African American millennials making a difference in Pennsylvania. She has appeared at events and venues including Philly’s World Café Live and The Tin Angel, The Sidewalk Café in New York City, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and many more.

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At the arcade, a young “DAN” imagined being a superhero, but adulthood brought surprising changes. (Photo by Arcade Perfect, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Here’s what my blindness made me realize about superheroes

Reinventing the hero

Danie Jackson grew up loving superheroes, but a changing career and coping with vision loss brought a new perspective on helping and accepting help.
Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Essays 5 minute read
Danie Jackson plays the guitar, giving and receiving smiles. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

How do protests and a pandemic invite us to rediscover play?

The power of play

Danie Jackson knows that taking a walk is safer for some bodies than for others—but there are still ways to stay open to the good in the world.
Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Essays 4 minute read
On the outside in Media: musician and singer/songwriter Danie Ocean. (Photo by Brian Samson.)

Does the cultural renaissance in Media, PA include everybody?

No welcome at home

Media, PA is getting is own accolades as an arts and culture destination—but does this historic Philly suburb actually welcome performers of all backgrounds? Danie Ocean considers.
Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Articles 3 minute read
Danie Ocean, a Black person in shorts and tank top, plays an electronic drum set at home, singing along to the music.

Losing your sight means adaptation, in life as well as music. I seize the rhythm.

A drummer’s Pride and joy

Delight is something writer and musician Danie Ocean wants more of, and that means picking up a new instrument. It’s a career move, but also a move for Black, queer, blind, nonbinary joy.
Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Danie "Ocean" Jackson

Essays 2 minute read