Thursday, August 19/21 at 6:30 PM
Alberta’s newest up and coming country sensation Dan Davidson has created undeniable momentum in the last few years. With 3 CCMA nomination, 8 ACMA awards, a gold record, a number 1 selling Canadian song, top 20 charting numbers and over 100 performances this year – its easy to forget that he is still a new face on the scene.
Dan exploded onto the Canadian country scene in 2016 with the release of his second single “Found” (Co-written by Clayton Bellamy of The Road Hammers). Dan became arguably the indie story of 2016/2017 as his single “Found” rocketed up the charts and he became the #1 charting indie artist in Canada. It was also the #1 selling Canadian country song for several weeks in July and August 2016. On just his second release ever in country music – he has a GOLD single. The following singles “Barn Burner”, “Say We Did”, and “Lets Go There” helped further his momentum with more top 20 recognition and solidified his name as an artist on the rise – definitely someone to watch.
Dan is new to the country scene, but is far from “green” in the music industry. He spent over 10 years playing in the well-known Canadian indie rock band Tupelo Honey (who had several top 40 hits, top selling iTunes records and toured with bands like Bon Jovi). On the advice of a couple of long time friends (who happen to be top selling Canadian country artists), Dan decided to start focusing on his new country project.
Dan’s country sound came together as he started writing and working on music with Toronto producer Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, River Town Saints, Autumn Hill, Brett Kissel) and the two spent the better part of a year developing an EP that’s characteristic of Dan’s love of “good time” music. Those “good time” vibes are also a huge part of his personality.
One view of his music videos and you will understand that the fun, sincere energy Dan brings to country music is truly unique. The video for Found cost only $500 and yet somehow it was top 20 on CMT; the video for Barn Burner involved Dan dressing up as a cross between John Wayne and Elton John, wandering the streets of Tokyo; and his latest Say We Did shows Dan converting his garage into a cardboard version Star Ship Enterprise.
Expanding his fan base internationally, Dan played shows in Beijing, China and Tours, France. He then went on to play in Milan and Budapest to film a music video for his upcoming single “These Are My People”. The idea for the music video came about when Dan discovered on YouTube that people from all over the world are line dancing to his songs. From local bars to international festivals and dance competitions people are dancing to Dan’s stomp-clap hits and many of them are featured in his upcoming music video for the single.
Dan’s most recent single release, “Cinderella”, has an throwback shuffle feel, yet is somehow very obviously modern; his fans are falling in love with it. The single will be accompanied by a stop motion music video using Lego characters and a fan lip sync contest where the winner will win a trip for two to an Oilers game.
You can catch Dan this fall on tour with Brett Kissel for the 2nd half of the record-breaking “We Were That Song Tour” – the longest more comprehensive tour in Canadian history (Dan is on over 80 dates)!
For more info on Dan, check out www.dandavidsonmusic.com