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Dan Washburn – Biography
Dan started playing guitar at the age of seven, beginning with a lap steel and by the time he was ten he was playing the acoustic and wrote his first song for his mom; “Someone Like You”. His dad integrated him into the band he was playing bass for and by the time he was 13, Dan was the bass player and harmony singer for a local weekend band.
Dan was in several bands over the following 20 years, playing professionally and started doing session work by the time he was 30 as a bassist and back-up singer.
In 1989 he released his first single to radio in Canada and Europe with much success on five singles in total before being asked to audition for award winning band “South Mountain”. Dan became their lead singer/bassist and spokes person in 1992 and they signed to Stony Plain Records in 1994; distributed by Warner Brothers. The band toured Canada and Europe extensively and were in high demand. They had a successful album “Where There’s A Will” in 1995 and had four chart successes off of it. In 1996 Dan became a single father of 4 great kids (Mike, Trina, Chris Zach) and had to leave the band but has remained friends with all of the members and uses several members on his recordings.
Dan and his son Noah now live in the small village of Stirling, Ontario and in 2011 he put an album’s worth of songs together to make a cd. Dan called in all of his buddies to make the recording he has always wanted to do.
His first release to radio, “A Christmas Gift”, charted well in November/December 2011 in the USA! The album is going to be called “They Don’t Make ‘em Like That Anymore” and will be out early in as soon as is possible, likely in 2016. The recording contains a lifetime of songs that Dan has written and co-written with friends.
Dan says he “feels like it’s time to finish what he started years ago”.
He is currently playing with James Ryce & Top Shelf out of Kingston, is in the house band for the Belleville Legion's "Open Mic Nights", helps with worship music at his church, fills in with various bands and at fundraising events and is still in demand in the studio as a session musician/singer. He can be reached via email and welcomes all inquiries.