Daniel’s first disc, “Live From New York: The Subway Sessions” was recorded live on a New York City subway platform, and proceeds were donated to various homeless organizations. Says Daniel, “Many people who fall through the cracks of our society have no other place to rest their heads except the subway. Seeing as I was recording an album in essentially what was their home - I felt it was important to give something back to them.” Daniel was then paired with legendary producer Fred Maher (10,000 Maniacs, Matthew Sweet, Lou Reed) to record his major label studio debut for Elton’s label. The resulting album, “Avenue A”, was a critical smash, receiving 5-star reviews in various publications and landing on many “best of” lists at the year’s end.
Daniel toured throughout America and Europe and made several television appearances (MTV, VH1, NY1 News, FX) as well as local radio spots in cities throughout the U.S, appeared in numerous magazines (Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Interview, HITS, PAPER, Vogue, Spin, New York Times, Boston Globe, etc.) Writers have compared him to artists as diverse as Al Green, Cat Stevens, Donovan, Sonic Youth, the late Jeff Buckley, and “a kinder, gentler Prince.” He has also been called “the James Taylor of the Lollapalooza Generation.” Daniel’s music has been featured on numerous film soundtracks and television shows. His song “Stumbling Home” is featured on a CD for the benefit of ILGHCF, a non-profit human rights campaign fund. Daniel appears on the CD with U2, Throwing Muses, Melissa Ferrick, Indigo Girls, Everything But The Girl, and Billy Bragg among others. His song “She” was featured on the nationally released Rock the Vote CD, PROPAGANDA. The accompanying “She” video, directed by talented filmmaker Steven Christopher, received the “Visions of U.S.
Video Award” from the American Film Institute. In addition, the “She” video received a Silver Award at the WorldFest International Film Festival, and was entered into 200 other international film festivals by the WorldFest Organization. As an openly gay artist, Daniel has never shied away from speaking out on subjects of equality and justice. At the Twenty Fifth Anniversary of The Stonewall rebellion that marked a turning point in the LGBT fight for acceptance, Daniel received a standing ovation from an estimated half a million people after performing his song, “Pushing Back Life.” Daniel educated himself on the art of sound engineering and music production, recording CDs for himself and others in the process. His organic approach to songwriting has resulted in a catalog of 800+ songs.
When not recording, Daniel spends his time creating gigantic works of installation art, which have been shown in galleries around America. He also began his acting career, landing roles in many films. His most recent album, “Redemption”, produced by TONY® AWARD winning producer Joe McGinnis (Spring Awakening, Best Musical) and Derek Garten (Parachute Musical, Jewel, Band Of Horses) blends Daniel’s voice with symphonic elements — strings, horns, and woodwinds — that weave through a landscape of thundering guitars, and electronic machinery. Members of the current Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup (Peter Keys), The Wallflowers & Sheryl Crow’s backup band (Fred Eltringham) and The Nashville Symphony appear. Daniel has hosted countless fundraisers for animal shelters and donates his time and talent to both human- and animal-related charities.
Daniel is currently working on four solo albums spanning four different music genres, as well as accumulating tracks for his collaborative side project Calling Occupants. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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