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Between Borders and Angels

by Daniel Crossing

Songs of passion, responsibility, betrayal, self-reliance, hope, and acknowledgement set to layers of rock rhythms influenced by country, reggae, classical music and R&B.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Without You
3:40 album only
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2. Love Awakened
3:33 album only
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3. O.K.
3:28 album only
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4. Lights (Remastered)
4:24 album only
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5. Which One Are You
3:43 album only
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6. Selection (feat. Whitney Daniels)
3:39 album only
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7. You Are (Remastered)
5:02 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Singer-songwriter Daniel Crossing's debut EP "Between Borders and Angels" will take you on a journey of life experiences that many of us share - impacted by disappointment, fulfilling dreams, passions, responsibility and betrayal, self-reliance, hope, and acknowledgement - all set to layers of pop rock rhythms influenced by country, reggae, classical music and R&B.

"When I was in high school we had to write an essay for our English temp teacher. The essay was simple. We had to listen to a few songs and then write how we felt about them. The songs covered genre's from classical to rock to R&B to reggae. I loved every single song - every one of them. Each one brought an excitement in me that I couldn't explain but it was there, it was palpable. I still remember how I felt. And so that's how I wrote about each song ... but ... the teacher said I was crazy. After having marked and returned my essay she advised that I see a psychologist because it was improbable for someone to like all these genres."

This didn't deter Daniel’s love for music. Although it took more than 10 years to realize his dream, on 16 June 2012 two promotional tracks, Lights and You are, were released in South Africa and enjoyed good radio airplay. Daniel then continued to promote the singles, all the time crafting his trade and distinct vocal character. The rest of "Between Borders and Angels" was recorded at the same studio, Heritage Sound Studios, under the Nashville trained eye of Brendyn "Rusti" Rossouw, a stellar sound engineer and producer in the South African rock music industry and a SAMA (South African Music Award) winner too. Mixing was done by Dave Langemann, also a SAMA winner and well-known producer and mixing engineer.

Daniel’s musical influences come from the sounds of Alanis Morisette, Wham!, Madonna, the Anglican church music hymnal, gospel music, Whitney Houston and later was characterized by influences of rock bands such as The Cranberries, U2, Bon Jovi and Hillsongs.

Daniel had the following to say about “Between Borders and Angels”: "As you listen to each song, imagine you're on a journey with me, because I was living this journey when I wrote them".

Here are the EP track highlights:

"Without you" introduces you to Daniel's emotive voice. In this song, having reached the end of the rope, he struggles to pull himself up out of the depths of a dark place. The song is emotional and angry and pleading, but has the underlying confidence that the one who can help him is close by – he just has to reach out for that help.

Daniel continues an emotional plea in "Love awakened" where he speaks of mistrust and betrayal in relationships. It explores the meaning of love and questions whether it is always the driver for a relationship.

“O.K.” adds a relaxing, lightened-up feel to the listener’s journey with its laid-back reggae rock rhythms centered on the lives of four women. The catchy hook "Got the love inside of you" encourages women, and all alike, to have hope and learn to love oneself, even though life doesn't always make sense.

"Lights” is a song very close to Daniel's heart. It's the song that spurred the recording of the rest of the EP. The song speaks of a longing to be with the one you are closest to – in his case God. It tells the story of how some aspects of life are explainable and how sometimes we just want all the bad things to go away.

"Which one are you" deals with issues of belief and dreams, and passions and desires. It explores the idea of being suspended over the world, having a bird’s eye view of life and finding your way through it. The high-pitched echoed sound of the guitars and anthemic chorus tugs at the heart, drawing one closer to answering that eternal question of purpose.

Daniel wrote "Selection" while in Poland, after visiting Aushwitz II-Birkenau - the German concentration camp where millions of Jews and political prisoners were jailed and killed. It follows the probable story of a young boy that was "selected" for the gas chambers. Daniel saw this boy’s photograph whilst on the tour. The image of the boy briskly walking, not knowing he was walking to his final resting place, remained with Daniel and a song was borne from it. The repeated lyric, "Didn't they have to tell you", as sung by Daniel and featuring his sister, Whitney Daniels, echoes into the 21st century as we witness the continual lack of judgment of leaders in positions of responsibility and power.

The EP culminates with the song "You are", where Daniel acknowledges that whatever he faces in life it is under the sovereignty of God.

In his spare time Daniel sings as a tenor in the Cape Philharmonia choir - a 130-person strong ensemble that has performed regularly at the Cape Town City Hall over the past 45 years. He also sang as a backing vocalist in the Johannesburg-based Rhema church rock band and performed around the Western Cape as a member of an opera choir, the Cape Operatic Society. He has a passion for community development and volunteers at a primary school offering drama and vocal development; this after writing, directing, and performing in various community theatre projects.
His travels to major cities of the world, while he worked for corporate South Africa, have also shaped his songwriting and interpretation of lyrics and melody.

Family life

Daniel’s father died when he was 2 years old. He was raised by his mother and his grandmother was also a great influence on him. “I used to go to church with my grandmother – I can’t remember much, except that I loved being in her presence – her presence was very comforting to me.” This is where Daniel believes his faith started building. “I’m sure she always prayed for me, because there was something different about my grandmother that I didn't see or experience in any other family member. She used to give us grand-kids Sunday school at home when the weather was bad”. Daniel shares more about his relationship with his mother: “My mother always encouraged me to sing, play piano and participate in every school play.” Daniel’s mother also had a great musical influence on him. “She could sing well and also played the piano – I loved it when she played the piano. She also played LP's for us all the time - Richard John Smith, Elvis, ABBA, Pomp and Ceremony - I still have of these original LP's”. Daniel’s aunt was also a singer in the Joseph Stone Eon Group. “I always heard stories of my aunt singing opera and I admired that”. Unfortunately Daniel never had a relationship with his aunt, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dream to sing opera. “I attended a New Apostolic church classical concert at the Cape Town City Hall, and that’s where I made the decision to sing. I remember sitting there and thinking - I can do that.” And so Daniel did just that. He signed up for private singing lessons and through his teachers had opportunities to perform in various theatre productions and an opera chorus. Since then the passion and desire has grown exponentially.

Daniel’s final feat was to record the songs he’d penned over the past 10 years. “I was always performing someone else’s works, but I had the strong desire in me to do something with my songwriting and singing ability. The desire didn't want to go away, so I surrendered to it.” And so, “Between Borders and Angels” is Daniel Crossing’s first endeavor of realizing a life-long dream. “Between Borders and Angels” reflects a deep and broad understanding of the human experience and each song takes his audience on that journey.

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