St. Louis native Dan Schaefer was voluntarily transplanted to Nashville in the mid-‘90s, and a hook-heavy pop writing style was treated to an infusion of folk, country and Americana influences. His songs have been cut by independent artists including Mark Hatt, Cindy Standage and Kathy Hussey. While writing for other artists was always the plan, Dan became active in the Nashville music community and eventually succumbed to requests to also work as an artist. He has released four full-length CDs on his own indpendent Ten Fish Music label--Separate Vacations (2005), So Romantic (the Nashville Independent Music organization's 2007 Album of the Year), Wild Ideas (2010), and Where the Days are Golden (2011).
Dan can often be found playing tunes at random watering holes in Nashville and elsewhere, sometimes as a member of Nashville's acclaimed Variety Pack writing and performing consortium along with comembers Kathy Hussey, Whit Hill and W.T. Davidson. He’s hit the circuit as a finalist at festivals including the Gum Tree Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi, and the Riverbluff Acoustic Music Festival in Ashland City, Tennessee. The songwriter/singer’s imaginary autobiography Three Cuts and a Day Job is still a work in progress.