Out of southeast Nebraska comes a singer-songwriter who blends a pop/rock sensibility with folk/country roots.
Nashville recording artist Daniel Christian has won two National Country Music Festival awards, and was nominated for five Omaha Entertainment Awards, including recognition for Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Christian/Gospel, Best Alternative/Indie Artist, and Artist of the Year. He has entertained large audiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Knott's Berry Farm, the Warner Brothers Cruise Line, many festivals, and even in the Bahamas and Mexico. Daniel has performed for sold-out crowds at Atlanta's famed Eddie's Attic and Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe, as well as SXSW Festival in Austin.
After several rewarding years, Daniel left his day job as a high school English teacher to continue working as a musician and songwriter.
In 2009, Daniel joined the roster of USO performers making themselves available to entertain soldiers overseas. The same year, he was selected to perform at "Born to Play," an event spanning North America, which set the record for largest simultaneous acoustic music concert of all time.
He is a founding member of Nebraska’s chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and in 2008, he composed the school song for Johnson County Central High School in his hometown of Tecumseh, NE. The Lincoln Journal-Star says that the song creates "a unity between the school and its community of patrons. The lyrics pay homage to what had been but also focuses on what is now — and what will be. It focuses on unity, loyalty and pride in the new school."
Daniel continues to share his music across the nation. He will release his third album of original music in 2013.
Daniel performs solo shows with a piano and/or guitar. He also adds four musicians to form the Daniel Christian Band.
On his debut record, I AM MERELY SAND, Daniel can be heard on guitars, keyboard instruments, percussion, and drums (his first love). Joining him on guitar is Nashville session player Pat Bergeson, protégé of legendary guitarist Chet Atkins, heard with Alison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, and many more. Another session professional, Charlie Chadwick, performs bass guitar responsibilities, and engineers the album. Chadwick, who has been heard with Pam Tillis, John Jorgenson, and David Lee Roth (to name a few), earned his second Grammy® Award for his work on Peter Frampton's FINGERPRINTS project.
Daniel's anticipated followup album, HOLD YOUR BREATH, was released in 2010. An ambitious collection of folk/country songs, the new project features nearly 30 guest musicians, including Steve Hanson (C.W. McCall) and Kris Lager (Indigenous). HOLD YOUR BREATH is mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, She & Him).
In 2013, Daniel will release SPEAK, his third album of original music. Recorded in Nashville, the new record is produced by Andrew Osenga (The Normals, Caedmon's Call) and features contributions from Eric Peters, Arthur Alligood, Stacy Lantz, Paul Eckbert (Amy Grant, Owsley), James Gregory (Michael W. Smith, Joy Williams), Charlie Lowell of Jars of Clay, and more.
"The real deal" - Charlie Chadwick (2-time Grammy winner)
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“Daniel Christian is a songwriter whose compositions are strong on melody, with intelligent lyrics t...“Daniel Christian is a songwriter whose compositions are strong on melody, with intelligent lyrics that challenge the listener. He is a gifted singer and multi-instrumentalist too, playing drums, guitar and keyboards on his new CD. He sings and plays his songs with an intensity and passion that are beyond his years. In a musical landscape where there are so many posers and manufactured artists, Daniel stands out as the real deal.” --Charlie Chadwick, Nashville session musician and recording engineer, 2-time Grammy-winner (Peter Frampton's FINGERPRINTS)
"Quality Singer-Songwriter" - Absolute Powerpop
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“This gem reminds me of a cross between James Taylor and Todd Herfindal of The Meadows, and if that ...“This gem reminds me of a cross between James Taylor and Todd Herfindal of The Meadows, and if that sounds intriguing to you, give his disc a listen. Christian is a quality singer-songwriter.” --Absolute Powerpop
"Poetic & Meaningful!" - Stereo Subversion
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“Christian is so well-versed that his lyrics never cease to be poetic and meaningful.” --Stereo Subv...“Christian is so well-versed that his lyrics never cease to be poetic and meaningful.” --Stereo Subversion
"Like a French-pressed cup of coffee." - IndieMusic.com
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“Daniel Christian has a strong sense of melody, a commanding vocal presence and the soul of a poet. ...“Daniel Christian has a strong sense of melody, a commanding vocal presence and the soul of a poet. His vocals make Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger sound like a second-class karaoke singer. The band behind him is full and robust, like a French-pressed cup of coffee.” --Indie-Music.com
"You'll definitely be a fan!" - Awaken Music
"Daniel Christian delivers... You'll definitely be a fan!" --Awaken Music
"A solid listen!" - The Phantom Tollbooth
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“Daniel Christian is what might happen if we merged the Beatles, Son Volt, The Vigilantes of Love, a...“Daniel Christian is what might happen if we merged the Beatles, Son Volt, The Vigilantes of Love, and Bob Dylan is his Memphis blues stage. A solid listen!” --The Phantom Tollbooth
"A great talent!" - NSAI
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"An exciting, unique performer whose songs lift you up when you hear them. Daniel is a great talent!..."An exciting, unique performer whose songs lift you up when you hear them. Daniel is a great talent!" --Robert Debusk, Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
"Too much talent in one person!" - I Am Entertainment
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“Awesome! Too much talent in one person. Daniel Christian is gifted! He has a simple delivery that ...“Awesome! Too much talent in one person. Daniel Christian is gifted! He has a simple delivery that works perfectly. I think we’ve stumbled upon another one of the industry’s true musicians in need of the spotlight.” --I Am Entertainment Magazine
"Reminiscent of the best songwriters" - Wildy's World
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“Daniel Christian has a smooth, clear pop voice that is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Thought ...“Daniel Christian has a smooth, clear pop voice that is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Thought provoking songs that are as marketable as they are substantial. There is significant substance in the songwriting here that is reminiscent of some of the best songwriters in pop/rock music.” --Wildy's World
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