Dan got his start playing Paul Simon covers at the campus coffeeshops of Dartmouth College. After a degree in engineering and a few years teaching high school physics, he took a radical turn toward Boston’s Berklee College of Music. There, he studied guitar and songwriting, and in 2003 was the recipient of Berklee’s top songwriting scholarship.
Today, Dan is an award-winning singer/songwriter who calls Charlotte, NC home.
>Winner--New Jersey Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter contest
>Finalist--Plowshares Songwriting Contest
>Radio Crystal Blue Best of 2007 recording artist
>Finalist--Telluride Troubadour Contest
>Finalist--Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Competition
>Finalist--Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition
>Runner Up--We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards
>Semi-Finalist--Starbucks Music Makers Competition
>Honorable Mention--We Are Listening Lyric Writer Awards
>Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 DIY album for Public Square
>"One to Watch" on Rob Reinhart's Acoustic Cafe
>Honorable Mention--Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Contest
>Radio Crystal Blue "Future Star"
>Winner--Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge
>Feature--NPR's All Songs Considered
>Honorable Mention--American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Competition
>Scott Benson Scholarship for Songwriting, Berklee College of Music
>Winner--Berklee College of Music Songwriting Competition
>Winner--Berklee College of Music Performer/Songwriter Contest
Notable venues played:
>Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Telluride, CO)
>Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
>Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry, NH)
>Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA)
>Nameless Coffeehouse (Cambridge, MA)
>Me & Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead, MA)
>Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield, MA)
>Bitter End (New York, NY)
>Knitting Factory (New York, NY)
>Johnny D¢s (Somerville, MA)
>Canal Street Tavern (Dayton, OH)
>Wilbert¢s (Cleveland, OH)
Public Square, 2006
Columbus Day Gift Project (single), 2005
Dan Gonzalez (self-titled), 2003
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Enchanting Spanish-style acoustic guitar dances throughout Public Square, the latest from Dan Gonzal...Enchanting Spanish-style acoustic guitar dances throughout Public Square, the latest from Dan Gonzalez. The sound is so lovely that you may be tempted to focus soley on the music, letting words slip by. But that would be a crime. The Boston-based artist's intelligent lyrics focus on everything from the campaign against terror, to the irony of celebrating Columbus Day, to the plight of rich, bored, housewives.
Especially noteworthy are "Whatever Gets Me" ("This is only a test to see if they might scare me to death / With all those warnings on TV") and the enthralling "Be Carefully of the Gypsies" ("Watch your money, these streets are dripping thieves / That's what I've been told").
It's rare to find this marriage of smart social commentary with great music, but Gonzalez has done just that, fair and Square.
...thoughtful songs from this socially conscious Berklee grad.
Public Square [the album] is excellent.
...[a] literate topical balladeer.
WSCA 106.1 Portsmouth
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Dan Gonzalez brings a delicate flavor to his music, like a fine meal. It's good for you too, as he ...Dan Gonzalez brings a delicate flavor to his music, like a fine meal. It's
good for you too, as he is a folk singer in the truest sense of the word.
Public Square's social justice theme invigorates and inspires as it delights
and nurtures. The CD lived in my player for weeks. Dan Gonzalez, write it
down, Dan Gonzalez.
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Great is great, and you are! You have such a fabulous songcraft in every sense with a fine grasp of ...Great is great, and you are! You have such a fabulous songcraft in every sense with a fine grasp of lyric writing, melody, arrangement, structures and performances both vocal and musical. Your lyrics especially shine bright.
[Gonzalez's] songs paint pictures more than tell stories...
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Gonzalez is the future of the singer songwriter. I've seen him live, and he is a masterful solo perf...Gonzalez is the future of the singer songwriter. I've seen him live, and he is a masterful solo performer. A welcome relief from the monotony of other singer/songwriters that have come on the scene in the past few years. [His] CD is a must have. Senorita Jones is a particular favorite.
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Dan brings a rare honesty to his music, allowing listeners to place themselves in...his songs' story...Dan brings a rare honesty to his music, allowing listeners to place themselves in...his songs' storylines.
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Being a musician and knowing about sound, it's difficult to just listen without thinking that this s...Being a musician and knowing about sound, it's difficult to just listen without thinking that this should be this way or that should be that. I call performances like yours "The Greyhound Experience", because I can sit back and leave all the driving to you. My girlfriend is an artist and when we are looking at something, she starts to explain to me how everything works and I say, "Don't tell me I just want to see the magic and not the trick." Your performance Thursday night was all Magic! Thanks!
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