Dan Reardon

Dan Reardon

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Pop - Rock | New York, United States
Total Song Plays: 108   
Member Since: 2012
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Bio -Lorne Behrman (Spin, CMJ)

Fast rising solo artist/songwriter Dan Reardon currently juggles four non-exclusive publishing deals. When music biz legend Neil Gillis (Warner/Chappell Music 16 years) signed the Long Island, New York-based singer to a publishing deal, he had one transformative suggestion: Don't try to sound like what you think others want to hear. When Reardon applied his stellar songwriting chops to the emotions within, he created his definitive music. The blend of poignantly personal lyrics and soaring choruses on the upcoming EP Can You Hear Me Now? (Right Me Up Records)--out August 28th--is both distinctly Dan Reardon and universally resonant.

Dan Reardon grew up a Dave Matthews Band fanatic and classic DMB is creatively indelible for him. "I can play those first three DMB records to a 'T.' I attribute a lot of my guitar playing to his unique chords and triads, it all still shines through." Reardon's first successful band was the modern pop-rock band, Soundside. That band did 5 records, one in Spanish, and played over 400 shows, opening for diversely esteemed artists such as Berlin, Days Of The New, The Tubes, and the New York Dolls. Other Soundside career highlights were a charity gig at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome in front of 20,000 people, and working with producer Adam Lawson (Panic at the Disco, Paramore) and video director Scott Culver (Hellogoodbye, Yellowcard).

Reardon's latest, Can You Hear Me Now?, joins the highly respected Insterscope roster with an exciting distribution deal. His publishing contract with Neil Gillis and Round Hill Music is poised to offer him some real strength in the synch licensing world. The company owns the rights to several Beatles songs and Back Street Boys songs, empowering Round Hill with some primetime licensing leverage. Dan is also busy writing his full-length debut to follow up this powerful EP.

The five-song mini-album follows a revelatory love, loss, and, ultimately, personal triumph narrative. The euphoric "Heaven" bursts open the EP with the invincibility of young love. Reardon's earnestly rich vocals are romantically bold, he sings: Take me to heaven/ Come take my hand and guide me to the door/ Take me to heaven/And I'll be yours. Sequentially, "On My Own" recounts the demise of the relationship. The elegantly wistful third track, "Seldom Sunday," with stately cellos and yearning harmonies, perfectly captures the unraveling of life after a painful breakup.

"That song paints a picture of a real low point in my life relationship wise," Reardon reveals. "When I wrote lyrics for that song, I poured out my heart over six pages. I was so lonely and sad."

The EP concludes with a gorgeously spare version of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature." The MJ cover was recorded as a last-minute addition, tracked with fevered inspiration while battling the studio clock. Reardon had no time to fancy it up. Elegantly paired down to Reardon's achingly beautiful vocals and subtle acoustic guitar virtuosity, it's the EP's redemptive moment. "It was the perfect way to end the record, to culminate with coming to peace with myself, triumphing over the loss of love," Reardon explains.

Dan Reardon tracked Can You Hear Me Now?'s five songs in only four days, in Santa Barbara, California with producer-engineer Angus Cooke (Ataris, Bad Astronaut, Jack Johnson). Reardon wrote every song, played every instrument (except drums and cello), and co-produced Can You Hear Me Now? "This album is me wearing many different hats," he says. "I feel really proud of this record. It's a true reflection of my style, my experiences, and my emotions."