Daniel Walcher

Daniel Walcher

 Edmond, Oklahoma, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Daniel Walcher is a folk rock singer/songwriter from Oklahoma City, the rebellious son of a preacher man and a community-minded philanthropist dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth.

Biography

Daniel Walcher is a folk rock singer/songwriter from Oklahoma City, the rebellious son of a preacher man and a community-minded philanthropist dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth.

Walcher’s new, self-titled studio album, Daniel Walcher, is his third independent release and the most progressive work of his seven years as a recording artist. The 11-track set bleeds emotion in the direct storytelling style of folk with an experimental pop/rock sound the blurs the lines of the genres.

Following a tumultuous early childhood spent in the revolving door of foster homes, Walcher found a permanent home at the age of 10 with a religious family who lived on a small farm near Enid, Oklahoma. His adoptive father was the pastor of a local church, and because his new family only listened to Christian music, Walcher’s early influences were Christian artists like dc Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith.

He initially picked-up the drums at church – for the ladies – but soon discovered a natural ability for acoustic guitar and songwriting – also for the ladies. He formed his first Christian rock band with his brother in the back of a church van. His first song, “Come Back Home,” was written about a girl he met at summer camp when he was 12. Walcher often leads live performances with the song.

When he was 15, his family moved to the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, Oklahoma, where he met and began performing with experienced recording artists like Christian rocker Charlie Hall and Ryan Walker, lead singer of Emelo.

Difficulties with his father led to Walcher living independently when he was a senior in high school. It was a difficult time. Songwriting became an outlet for dealing with the pain of his past, and Christian radio was replaced by Johnny Cash. He also became friends with Ft. Worth-based producer Will Hunt, forming a collaboration that resulted in his first full-length album, Life Spliced Together (2003).

Walcher began performing regularly at venues in downtown Oklahoma City, and invitations to play indie rock festivals like Tulsa’s Dfest started to arrive. His long-awaited follow-up album, The Black and White of Things (2009), displayed a new depth of songwriting and deviated from his acoustic-only roots. His new, electric folk sound drew comparisons to artists like Beck and Snow Patrol.

He was selected by the Oklahoma Film & Music Office in 2009 and 2010 to represent the state as a featured performer for its annual showcase at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. He also performed this summer at the Norman Music Festival.

Walcher believes music was the saving grace that rescued him from a spiral that could have claimed his life. To help others living through the adversities of his childhood (he was removed from his family and placed in an orphanage when he was only 6 months old), Walcher is forming a non-profit foundation to support foster children in Oklahoma. His first goal is to place a guitar in every foster care facility for boys in Oklahoma and he is donating 20 percent of sales of his new album to White Plains, a boys’ home in Piedmont, Oklahoma.

To schedule an interview with Daniel Walcher, contact publicist Rob Crissinger, 405-401-6323 or rcrissinger@gmail.com.

Discography

"Daniel Walcher" 2010
"The Black and White of Things" EP 2008
"The Radio Singles" 2005
"Life-Spliced-Together" 2003

Set List

Sets can include between 10 to 30 original songs, including the fan and personal favorites. When performing with a full band, sets usually include 10 to 15 songs.