Royal Holland is a singer-songwriter from Newport, KY playing dreamy folk rock songs about love and loss since early 2014. He is desperate to create elaborate, visceral, truthful musical stories in every new song. He stands upon the shoulders of his heroes of the art form; Leonard Cohen, Elliot Smith and Jeff Mangum among many others, and draws inspiration from the terribly beautiful and wonderfully horrible events of daily mundane life. He wants us all to feel beautiful and free.
Growing up in a small farm town, Royal started piano lessons at age 7 during which he begged his instructor to teach him how to write a song. Since then, Royal has always taken solace in writing songs. It got him through being an outcast in his formative years, becoming a single dad at a young age and two failed marriages. He continues to write songs that will connect with those of us who can't quite seem to find their place in this life.
Royal has led two bands over the past 14 years, but has recenty branched out as a solo artist. In his first year he has been featured on CMJ.com, shared the stage with Reggie and the Full Effect, released an initial 4 song E.P. titled "Volume One - The Maze" (recorded and produced by Grammy winning producer Brian Olive), begun work on a second E.P., cut a Nashville demo on Music Row , logged over 5000 touring miles and won The 2014 Ohio Music Award for “Best Folk Album”
In a time where audiences are starved for authenticity, there are only a few that can actually deliver the goods to make you feel like you are hearing some thing classic and familiar yet fresh. Daniel Wayne is one of those artists. You are sold on Daniel Wayne's talent and potential as well as his infectious charisma in the first nanoseconds that you hear his powerful and gifted voice. Daniel's music is simple, raw, at times dark, at times inviting, but always with a sense of vulnerability not heard from a contemporary male vocalist for some time. There aren't many artists that possess the talent to mesmerize the listeners to absolute silence and command them to listen to a voice that is both angelic, as well as full of power and range. If you are looking for the next big voice, look no further than Daniel Wayne.
Going back and forth between Cincinnati and Brooklyn, Daniel has created quite a buzz based on his subtlety powerful live performances - especially amongst industry insiders. His live shows are sharp, stunning and pack a wallop that even the most critical of fans and industry have gushed. Really strong songs sung by an unforgettable voice and surrounded by tight pockets of tremendous playing by his band. Daniel’s solo performances pack a serious visceral wallop as well. Opening in the past for Shawn Mullins, O’Death, Handsome Family, Heartless Bastards, The Head and The Heart, Holly Golightly, Suzanne Vega, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The White Buffalo, Lights and Anna Calvi, Daniel has captivated audiences with stunning performances that have won over fans and music bloggers. Soon the world will be aware of Brooklyn/Cincinnati’s troubadour.
At the age of 8 he began writing songs and beats on a Casio keyboard his sister gave him. Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, teachers used to complain to his mother that he made weird noises in the classroom. He has always had music in his head and lyrics on his mind.
Daniel is currently in Cincinnati finishing his debut, full-length album, produced by the legendary Brian Olive. The album consists of 10 songs and showcases Cincinnati's smokin' hot music scene.
When the album is complete, look out for Daniel Wayne his band The Silver Lines to be on tour!