Dan Hazlett is truly the epitome of a modern day musical Renaissance man – it’s simply impossible to place his body of work into a pre-defined musical niche. A producer, sound engineer, playwright, musician, singer, songwriter, stay-at-home Dad and businessman, Hazlett (pronounced HAZE-let) is an accomplished, polished performer who entertains and uplifts his audiences with a blend of his smooth, soulful voice, his finely honed acoustic guitar work, and his arsenal of well-crafted and thoughtfully presented songs. Weaving in and out of folk, jazz and a Will Rogers style of down-home humor, Dan captivates his listeners with subject matter ranging from the ordinary silliness of everyday life to the unexpected intensity of dramatic interludes.
His performances are at once heartwarming and moving, quirky and humorous, and are always presented in Dan’s unique style that appeals to audiences of all ages – and always while wearing his signature red high-top sneakers!
“Dan’s unique vocal styling is paired with excellent guitar playing and thoughtful lyrics. His guitar skills add a great dimension to the original, imaginative lyrics, coming together into a complete package of musicality.” (Andrea Hill, Singer Magazine)
“Dan writes his heart’s stories, weaving them into a lyrical web of beauty, courage, childhood memories, old automobiles and family trees.” (Maggie Ferguson, The Old Front Porch Radio Show / Concert Series Presenter)
For more than 30 years, Dan has performed and toured throughout the Midwest. His seven previously released CDs have received airplay throughout the United States as well as internationally, and have been praised by everyone from musical colleagues to concert hosts to radio DJs. Dan has been nominated multiple times for Detroit Music Awards, and has achieved recognition for his work in events such as the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, Big Top Chautauqua Songwriting Contest, and the Billboard Songwriting Competition. He has appeared on stage and/or opened for such notables as Chuck Brodsky, Mustard’s Retreat, Cliff Eberhardt, Joel Mabus , Dick Siegel and Jack Williams, and for seven years hosted his own folk radio show, Local Folks, at WXOU-FM (Oakland University). Most recently, Dan performed in a musical production he wrote, Tumbledown Town, which has opened to positive acclaim throughout Michigan.
“The performance of Dan Hazlett’s play, Tumbledown Town, was clever, entertaining, and fun for all. We all laughed and cried as we caught glimpses of ourselves through the wonderful characters . . .” (Ruthette Mills, Portage Players Director, Erickson Center for the Arts)