The musical journey of international singer and composer Daniel Decker has taken him to Armenia, Australia, Russia, England, Puerto Rico, Canada, as well as across the United States. Born in Puerto Rico and trained at the famed Crane School of Music in New York, Daniel has charted a uniquely original musical course, incorporating jazz, classical, pop and world music and infusing them into his works.
As an “Armenian by choice”, Daniel has been called a cultural ambassador of Armenians around the world. A tireless advocate for international recognition of the Armenian genocide, Daniel has received critical acclaim for both his musical and humanitarian work for Armenia. Recently, he was awarded the “Komitas” Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora for disseminating Armenian arts in the Diaspora. He was also previously presented with the Karot award at the Kremlin in Moscow, and has received numerous other awards in recognition of his work on behalf of Armenia and his contributions to Armenian culture.
On April 24, 2005, he was officially invited by the Armenian government to sing his song “Adana” at a special concert in Yerevan, Armenia to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was broadcast live on Armenian television, and featured on BBC, CNN and Fox News worldwide. To date, “Adana” has been translated into 21 languages and recorded by singers and musicians from around the world.
“Adana” is named after the city where one of the first massacres of the Armenian people took place, and recounts the story of the Armenian Genocide, during which soldiers of the Ottoman Empire forced 1.5 million Armenians into starvation, torture and extermination. “I wrote ”Adana” not only as a way to draw international attention to a terrible tragedy, but as a source of healing to the Armenian people,” explains Daniel. Cross Rhythms, one of Europe’s leading print magazines and web portals said of “Adana”, “seldom has a disaster of untold suffering produced such a magnificent piece of art.”
His song “Noah’s Prayer” was debuted in 2002 at the Sardarabad monument in Armenia to celebrate Armenian Independence day. In attendance were Armenian President Robert Kocharian, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Holy See of Cilicia, as well as ambassadors from countries around the world. The concert, which was broadcast live on Armenian television, and via satellite to over 30 nations, has catapulted Daniel to celebrity status in Armenia. As with "Adana", Daniel’s epic lyrics complement the musical landscape of Armenian composer Ara Gevorgyan.
Daniel has just completed a new CD of beloved Armenian songs, the first time a non-Armenian has ever recorded an entire project in the Armenian language. His goals in creating this unique project are to uplift the Armenian spirit and to introduce the richness of Armenian music and culture to non-Armenians. As Daniel has often said, “Noah’s Ark came to rest on Armenian Mount Ararat, so everyone is Armenian, they just don’t know it yet”.
The CD, entitled “Armenian by Choice” includes beloved Armenian songs l“Kilikia”, “Dle Yaman”, Martiki Yerke”, “Aghjka Ergy”, “Akhr Yes Inchpes”, “Siro Gisher”, “Chknagh Yeraz”, “Sers Vanqum Tatevi” and a special duet with the great Armenian singer Leyla Saribekyan on “Hayotz Ashkhar” . Also featured for the first time are Armenian language versions of “Adana” and “Noah’s Prayer”.