This album quickly became a favorite for listeners around the world citing its calming and reflective feel. The fresh and heartwarming interpretations of these well-loved Christmas carols evoke a holiday ambiance that will continue to be enjoyed each new Christmas season.
About the Artist:
When asked to describe himself in just a few words Dan answered: "Passionate about life." No doubt much of this influence has come from many of the unique experiences Dan has had so far. At the age of fifteen he spent six months in Germany as an exchange student immersing himself in the culture, attending high school, and living with a host family. Describing the time in Europe he said, "I really feel this is one of the monumental experiences in my life that just awakened my eyes to the world out there that is waiting to be lived."
After high school, Dan attended Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Ohio
for two years where he attained associate degrees of Business Management and
Marketing. He then was admitted into the "Semester at Sea" program where he spent an academic semester sailing the world visiting various destinations abroad, gathering stories such as trekking the amazon, shark diving with great whites, and climbing the Great Wall of China. This trip served as inspiration for much of the "Imagination's" album, and in particular, the "Universal Journeys" track. Dan went on to complete his undergraduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a degree in International Studies. He is pursuing his Master's degree at the University of London in "Poverty Reduction"
Dan began playing piano at age eight and was motivated along by his older siblings. At age
thirteen, he began studying classical piano under Luke Bartolomeo who went on
to found "The Perrysburg School of Music." In the summer of 1998, Dan was admitted to "Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp," an International Music Camp in the Manistee National Forest of western Michigan, where he was able to gain insight from skilled teaches from around the world. A couple years later he began working with a local Children's Hospital as a musical therapist using his music to help children during their hospital stays.
In 2001, Dan released his first album, "Reflections of Christmas," which was followed by
"Secret Place" in 2003 and "Imaginations" in 2006. He has performed a live
production of his Christmas album at the Toledo Zoo and continues to share his musical gift at churches, stores, private concerts, and assisted living facilities. He is currently in the process of composing for a new series of albums which will begin to hit shelves in 2012.
When not working with music, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, soccer, kayaking, geocaching, camping, and traveling.