Daniel Hartley is the Artist Formerly Know As Don Hartley. Having been anointed in the true Faith of the One Holy Orthodox Church, Daniel now quits himself with quiet determination as a man with a mission "to advance truth and right; love and the uncreated light".
Born and raised in Jamaica, Daniel is however, not your typical roots reggae singer. He no longer sports his long dreadlocks. "...Don't need them to stand against Babylon", he insists. Neither does he smoke the weed...any more he says..."I rather read a book from the wealth of Orthodox teachings to develop my mind for the spiritual and mental battle ahead."
Daniel insists that he still looks forward to African redemption through repatriation and is determined to work with his Rasta brethren to accomplish this.
His musical journey has acquired him some of the most philosophical roots anthems to his name, whereby Daniel is quite likely the best original independent roots reggae artist in all of UK - and for that matter globally - who yet remains unsigned.
Two decades ago he produced and released his first record 'That Lady', music backed by Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace on drums with keyboardist Obeah alongside the one and only Dean Fraser on sax. Since then he has teamed up with the likes of UK based Nucleus Roots and Faya Dub out of Paris to produce some fantastically off the wall roots reggae music. From the hard pounding steppers, Run Come Quick, and the steady rocking Deep Roots to the punky reggae jazz of When The Bread Come Back (remixed twice 2005 & 2008 and appearing on two different compilation CDs). Deep Roots has since been remixed and released September 2013 on Partial Records label.
Reggae Chanter is now working in the studios to manifest his long overdue and eagerly awaited debut EP for release in USA then globally. There is also a dub single or two due for release in UK but more on these developments later.