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The best kept secret in music


"Review on Feral Muse"

Pressing My Way” began very tender and smooth, then Danyel Morgan took over on vocals and the song turned in another direction completely. Danyel’s high octave vocal performance was astounding and this falsetto singing made the crowd irrupt with joy and made the song burst into hyper drive. There wasn’t a person in attendance that wasn’t groovin’, dancin’, and sweatin’ by the end of the song. - Cory Tressler


Danyel Morgan

By Jimmy Leslie |

Sing High, Play Low

Between his 6-string bombardment and his flying falsetto vocals, Robert Randolph &the Family Band’s Danyel Morgan might cover the most sonic territory of any musician on the road today—and he wants to take it further. “I can make all the chords on the 6, but I want to get a 9-string next,” he says smiling backstage after performing an infectious gospel/blues set at this summer’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Obviously pumped, Danyel adds, “That’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever played to in my life!”

Playing bass has been Morgan’s passion from the beginning. “I’ve played in gospel bands with my father all my life. He was always looking for bass players, so I just picked it up. When I was five years old I learned how to play Al Green’s ‘Let It Happen,’ and I’ve been playing ever since. I play bass, drums, a bit of piano, lead guitar, vocals, some tenor saxophone—one talented little brother walking around here,” he laughs. “They all help me as a bass player, because I can see the song from every perspective.”

Morgan developed his talent and honed his tone all on his own: He learned by listening. “Everything just came to me—boom. Nobody sat down and showed me anything.” If one influence shines through in his playing onstage and on pedal steel guitarist Randolph’s first Warner Bros. studio recording, Unclassified, it’s Stanley Clarke. “I like a lot of bass players. Robert turned me on to Flea, and he’s tight, but Stanley Clarke is my idol, my man.” Still, Danyel is very much his own player. “One thing my father instilled in us was that no matter who you pattern your playing after, have your own style. You might hear Stanley Clarke’s influence when I slap, but I do everything my own way. Sometimes I strum with my fingers, and sometimes I use a pick.”

Robert Randolph &the Family Band have quickly become the buzz of the jam-band scene, which suits Morgan just fine. “Just go off! That’s my style. In the studio I play more laid-back and smooth as opposed to live. Out here, you do your thing and act crazy. I use the same gear setup either way, so it’s just a matter of approach.”

Morgan relies on his Modulus Quantum 6, with a Peavey Cirrus as a backup. He made the jump from four to six strings around the same time the Family Band project took shape. “I’ve got big hands, so I like the 6. The Modulus has the sound, and the Bartolinis give me everything I need for slap or fingerstyle.” Morgan’s signal travels through a trio of Boss pedals—a TU-2 tuner, CEB-3 Chorus, and OC-2 Octave—before entering a Mesa M-Pulse 600 head, which powers two Peavey 4x10 cabinets.

Danyel’s double-duty diversity makes him an audience favorite, whether he’s digging deep and slapping the intro to “Squeeze” or flinging falsetto notes a la Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey on tunes like “I Need More Love.” “I don’t understand it. I talk deep, but I’m comfortable singing up high,” he says. When he does, audience eyes grow wide in amazement—but for Danyel, it’s as natural as going to church on Sunday. In fact, that’s how he wound up onstage with the Family Band in the first place. “We’re all affiliated with the House of God Church organization,” explains Morgan. “Robert gave me a call in 2000 and said he was about to put this project together, and here we are.”



1. Choose or Lose Work It
2. Cribs
3. Going in the Right Direction
4. Happy song
5. High School Stories
6. I need more Love
7. MTV Movie Awards
8. NFL films Under the BG Cues
9. Old School Napoleon
10. Problems
11. Real Word
12. Run for Your Life
13. Squeeze
14. Why Should I Feel Lonley
15. WSPA Sound of light
16. WTMJ News at 6:00 a.m.
17. You've Got To Move


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Unbelievable Bass Guitarist and Singer is moving to the next level.

Danyel Morgan is a self-taught bass guitarist and vocalist from Columbus, Ohio. As a child Danyel was influenced by his father and began playing the bass with family members and gospel groups at the age of six. The first song he ever played was Love & Happiness by Al Green. Danyel also remembers his youthful days listening to his idol Stanley Clarke.

Around the year of 2000, Danyel left Ohio to play and sing along with Warner Recording artist, Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The band has released two successful albums, which Danyel has either written or co-written and performed vocals on most of the songs including the 2003 Grammy award winning song entitled Blind Boy of Alabama and the two time 2004 Grammy nominated song Squeeze, which is the source music for a video game. The Family Band’s Unclassified Album won a 2004 Dove Award and they performed at the 2004 and 2005 Grammy Awards.
Danyel along with the band has toured the United States and Europe with Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, The Neptunes, The Roots, John Mayer and many others. He has been featured on VH1, Conan O’Brien Tonight, The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, The Grammy Telecast, MTV and many others.

With his outstanding skills on the strings, he has secured three major endorsements with companies such as Lakland Basses, Yamaha, GHS strings and Mesa Boogie.

Danyel has proven to be the show stopper and takes the audience to another level. He was recruited by Eric Clapton & Carlos Santana to perform as a part of their stage show. Now with so much experience under his belt, Danyel is working on his solo project that he wants the world to enjoy.