Dan Steven | Beggars and Kings

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Beggars and Kings

by Dan Steven

I would be naked if I didn't wear clothes. Rock and folk. Quirky lyrics: profound, playful, intense. Social comment and personal quest.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Heaven Hear Me
5:24 $0.99
2. Politician
4:59 $0.99
3. Beggars and Kings
3:13 $0.99
4. Silence in Jerusalem
4:53 $0.99
5. To the Moon Alice
5:18 $0.99
6. A Tear for Civilization
3:38 $0.99
7. The Sailor Song
3:40 $0.99
8. Mold
3:36 $0.99
9. Individual
2:58 $0.99
10. Dance At My Funeral
3:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dan Steven is a singer/songwriter from London, Ontario but he previously lived in Chatham and Peterborough, Ontario as well as in Michigan and Indiana.

He has busked on the streets of Chatham, London, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver, and San Francisco.

Dan has played his guitar at the edge of the Grand Canyon, on the sands of Lake Erie, beneath the stars of El Pismo, CA, and on piers overlooking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. When he wasn't writing music, Dan was working at street missions in Halifax, Montreal, and Toronto.

Dan's experiences as a street musician fuel a driving creative force, influenced by his deep faith in Jesus Christ, his search for a spiritual self, social justice, drama, friends and family, Shakespeare, van Gogh, sunflowers, poetry, Star Wars, Tim Horton's coffees, the Blackhawks, loves (and loves lost), and the chorale at Trent University.

Dan's lyrics expose his skill and passion for crafting musical messages for the listener. Thoughtful and honest observations of daily living and the struggles of people to find peace bring an immediate connection between Dan and his audience.

His songs blend wit, spirituality, and funky folk-rock, prompting an apt description of Dan as "the wacky singer/prophet from London".

Whether it's heard at a campfire, a coffee house, in a club, or on the street, Dan's music touches people.

Live performances move easily from sharing laughs with the audience to expressing the most intimate hopes and fears, and this transparency makes the music real. Finding the right producer, Dan has taken the artistic leap into the recording studio.

The resulting magic has created the release of a sparkling debut CD from the new Canadian alternative recording artist, Dan Steven.



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Chrisian Courier, Brian Walsh Reviewer

Musically compelling and lyrically powerful debut CD
Dan Steven’s debut CD, Beggars and Kings, is an immediately arresting, captivating and
inviting piece of work. On the opening cut, “Heaven Hear Me,” Steven serves notice that
this album will be musically compelling and lyrically powerful. I found myself immediately
on my feet wanting to dance to the music, yet also leaning close to the stereo trying to
catch every word. And on first listening it became clear that this was a remarkable CD by
a young man with a wisdom considerably beyond his years. Here is a Christian artist who engages his world deeply, has the kind of
perception that characterizes good songwriting, and somehow finds a way to write
powerful, evocative and poignant lyrics with a sense of humour. This album is a brightly
burning torch from a remarkable young singer/songwriter supported by a wonderfully
talented cast of musicians and a seasoned producer. Keep your ears open for Dan Steven
and don’t miss an opportunity to hear him live.


Sincere, pleasurable listening, I LOVE IT!
When I first got the cd I listened to it 3xs in A row!, I love the music and the songs say what alot of people might be able to relate with.
I found it very pleasurable to listen to and I loved the Lyrics.

David Sneller

ditto what everyone else said
this cd is one of the best out their. it has so much variaty within it. one song will be silly then the next will be serious.
Dan Steven is my cousin but i didnt kno him that well. so it was great to listen to him and try to grasp his meaning of life.

Kathy Colledge

Uplifting and relaxing
The music is mellow, relaxing and uplifting. The words speak of the artists life experience. A very enjoyable CD!

Lloyd Rang-- The Banner

A Tear For Civilization
This disc is a rarity-- a CD that has immediate aural appeal but that improves even
with repeated listening. Composed of some of his earliest material,
the CD is nevertheless brimming with insight and spiritual perception.
Steven's lyrics interrogate a culture obsessed with individualism, consumerism,
superficiality and entertainment. His musical influences range from Floyd to
Pearl Jam, to Celtic to Folk and to all places between and
above. This is a bold new CD by a brave new talent.

An eclectic mix of soulful music.
This CD has something for everyone young and old. The range of style is terrific from playful finger clicking stuff to crooning. A great buy.

Howard DeGroot

The words are so prophetic. Dance at my funeral is a Number One Hit. The rest of the songs you must listen to apprecaite this writer

Anthony Finan

Just amazing
I bought this off the strength of a single track sample "Tear For Civilization." There is a honest yet quirky view of the world in Dan's music, definitely a gem.

Curtis Nixon

This cd is one of the better one's in my collection. As I'm not only a good friend of Dan's but also a musician myself I can tell you that if you dont buy this cd then YOU WILL BE SORRY!!!

Stephan Mcnamara

I love to dance to Silence In Jerusalem. We listen to it LOUD!
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