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Daniel Casavant

About Daniel Casavant

Daniel has composed music since taking up the acoustic guitar at eight. By 15, Daniel began playing the piano. Stylistically influenced by American musicians, yet barely out of his teens, Daniel had a great desire to discover the roots of the music he loved. So, he hitchhiked to New Orleans and Nashville seeking out jam sessions with local talents, while absorbing all the knowledge these veteran musicians had to share. In 2009, Daniel recorded Nine At The Time, his first studio album. His rich, haunting voice met with critical acclaim and rave reviews. The album received international airplay and garnered many accolades. Soul Reunion, Daniel’s second album was so well received, he landed a Cashbox Canada cover story.

Walking from the Clouds is the latest single from singer/songwriter Daniel Casavant. The song was originally written as a folk song by Kathryn Kates, in honour of her mother Claire’s 75th birthday. The lyrics won a grand prize from Cadbury’s Mother’s Day Contest.

This past September, Kathryn asked Daniel to enhance the melody and perform it for her mom. For inspiration, Daniel was scheduled to meet the Kates matriarch, but sadly four days before, she passed away.

To commemorate what would have been Claire’s 82nd birthday, Daniel surprised Kathryn with an upbeat adult contemporary, country influenced version of Walking from the Clouds. Kathryn truly feels Daniel captured her mother’s spirit through his uplifting melody and joyous vocals. And Kathryn is not alone, there’s already been buzz.

Country music may not be the first thing you think of coming from these two city folks, Montreal born Daniel and Kathryn, who hails from Toronto, but combined it’s in their DNA. Daniel is a decedent of the family who founded Casavant Frères—renowned manufacturers of church organs. Kathryn’s late great uncle, Morris Schumiatcher created Calgary’s famous White Hat, cowboy hats.

Walking from the Clouds features Daniel on lead vocals, guitar and keyboard, bassist Marco Desgagné, Daniel Marsolais playing electric guitar and mandolin, drummer Nicolas Paul-Turcotte, DimitriLebel-Alexandre on banjo, and background vocals from Lisa Grenier, of La Voix fame, Quebec’s The Voice. Produced by Daniel Casavant, Daniel Marsolais and Kathryn Kates, recorded and mixed by Mathieu Dulong and Pierre Messier at Montreal’s Piccolo Studios and mastered by Marc Theriault of Le Lab Mastering.