Dan Gonzalez has been called "...the future of the singer/songwriter" and "...a masterful solo performer." (reviews, cdbaby.com). With songs that are immediately accessible and pertinent to the lives of his listeners, Dan Gonzalez strives to show that lyric-driven music can have universal appeal.
"I believe there's an audience out there searching for a new brand of popular music--music that's thought provoking, sometimes humbling, but always relevant to the experiences of those who listen. As a songwriter, I'm trying to get my listeners to see themselves inside of a song--not necessarily as a part of my stories, but as a part of their own stories."
Dan began performing and writing music while a student at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He later enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music to study guitar and songwriting. While at Berklee, Dan was the recipient of the school's top songwriting award, the Scott Benson Scholarship. He was also the top vote-getter in the Berklee Songwriter Competition, a winner of the the Performer/Songwriter Contest, and a featured artist at the Songwriter Showcase held at the Berklee Performance Center.
Since graduating from Berklee in 2003, Dan has performed at Boston area venues such as Club Passim and Johnny D's, and has toured the east coast, midwest, and southern United States. His self-titled debut album showcases "...a great voice combined with spare, beautiful production..." (Joe Mulholland, Professor, Berklee College of Music) with songs that "...paint pictures more than tell stories..." (Ed Symkus, Community Newspapers). This album has received regular radio play on many midwest and east coast stations, including Boston's folk radio station, WUMB 91.9. Out of over 50,000 titles available on cdbaby.com, this record was a top 100 seller for the month of February, 2004. A song from this record, Where's Woodstock, was recognized by the American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Competition. More recently, one of Dan's songs was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered.
In addition to performing and working on his second release, Dan Gonzalez is in the process of initiating the Columbus Day Gift Project. This project raises funds through the sale of Dan's song Columbus Day. All profits from the sale of this recording are gifted to organizations committed to education around social justice.