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daniel makins: Bio

Struggling Christian, husband, dad, songwriter.

Kerrville Folk Festival (3 time New Folk Finalist)
Wildflower Festival (Winner) 
Gig Harbor Folk Festival (Winner) 
Songwriter Serenade (Finalist)

Daniel Makins was raised in a musical family as a relative of famed ballad hunter, John A Lomax. He writes and believes in songs as milestones and guideposts.  A background as a classically trained pianist and jazz drummer led him to a percussive finger-style guitar technique which often utilizes alternate tunings to accompany his clear voice as a piano might.

His words seek honesty and move concerts like intentional, meaningful conversations. He hopes that songs he has worked on become useful for listeners.

Daniel has released eight albums (1999-2016), was included on a Traveling Texas compilation of the Center for Texas Music History, and performed over 100 shows annually from 2000-2006 (based out of Nashville and then Austin).

He enjoys promoting the art of others and served as Director of the San Angelo, TX Cultural Affairs Council and Cactus Jazz Series from 2009-2014, and the San Angelo Concert Series (hosting nationally known songwriters) for 12 years. 

Daniel married Claire, an Episcopal priest, in 2003 and they have two sons, Cal (2008) and James (2010).