Daniel Christian

Art Discipline: 
Tecumseh, NE
United States
Dates of Residence: 
Apr 6, 2009 to Apr 17, 2009
Oct 14, 2013 to Oct 25, 2013

Out of Nebraska comes a singer-songwriter who blends jam-band trends with Beatle-esque pop/rock sensibilities. Nashville recording artist Daniel Christian (BMI) has toured the nation in a number of performing groups, allowing him to share his music in many great U. S. cities including: Minneapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles. Daniel has entertained large audiences at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Knotts Berry Farm, the Warner Brothers cruise line, the Omaha Summer Arts Festival, several Comstock Windmill and Harvest Festivals, and in the Bahamas and Mexico. His diverse experience with a variety of music projects has allowed him to open shows for many internationally acclaimed acts such as: The Fixx, Chris Cagle, Andy Griggs, Gary Allan, Sawyer Brown, Devon Allman's Honeytribe, and Martina McBride. 

Daniel Christian was playing drums as soon as he could hold sticks. His father played drums with local cover act Mayberry Express (which rehearsed in their home), exposing Daniel to a broad range of classic and modern hits. Musical seeds were probably planted by his father, who, in addition to drumming, sang and played trumpet. His mother would tell you she plays the radio. 

Years later, like many elementary school students, Daniel's parents "forced" him to take piano lessons, which he dreaded until he quit, then missed them, and started again on his own. Melodies and lyrics were in Daniel's head as early as age 7, but by age 16 he began writing them down. In high school, he formed a cover band with friends, who taught him to play the guitar. This instrument proved to be a fortunate skill in college, since no drum sets and pianos were allowed in campus dorm rooms. Although Daniel did study music in college, he graduated with a B. S. ed. in English and Humanities, and even spent 5 years teaching high school. He has worked with choirs, country singers, and rock bands, and now creates and shares his own music with a variety of audiences. 

Daniel was awarded 1st place in the "Miscellaneous" category at the 32nd Annual National Country Music Festival, where he was also 1/3 of the festival's Best Vocal Group. Daniel is a founding member of Nebraska's chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). He penned "No-Money Fun" for Sheila Greenland, once the most-requested song at KNCY-FM in Nebraska City. The Nebraska City News-Press calls his writing "refreshing" and "adventurous." 

Recently, Christian composed the school song for newly formed high school Johnson County Central in his hometown of Tecumseh, NE. The Lincoln Journal-Star says that the new school 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." 

On his album, i am merely sand, Christian can be heard singing (of course), and drumming (his first love), as well as playing guitars, percussion, and keyboard instruments. He is joined on guitar by Nashville session player Pat Bergeson, protégé of legendary guitarist Chet Atkins. Formerly with Alison Krauss, Bergeson has been heard most recently with Lyle Lovett, and Randy Travis. 

Another session professional, Charlie Chadwick, performs bass guitar responsibilities, and engineers the album. Chadwick, who has been heard with Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Steve Earle, John Jorgenson, and David Lee Roth (to name a few), has just earned his second Grammy® Award for his work on Peter Frampton's Fingerprints project. Daniel Christian's i am merely sand is available now at CD Baby and on iTunes.