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We are making our first album together. We'd love to have you be a part of it! Pre-order a CD to bring the project to life! Thank you!
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We are really excited and grateful for all the support we've received! We have met our goal!

"Chris Graham has agreed to master our album as a pledge to our kickstarter, check out his mastering studio online." This is great news and a great gift, Thanks a bunch!

Hi! We are Daniel and the Blonde. We are partners in music, life, love and in living with purpose. We strive to make a difference, to connect and to change for the better, but mostly we try to be happy. We have a strong belief in real music -  the kind that you can’t autotune to perfection. We are, as humans, imperfect perfections and that is what our music reflects: reality and purity. We have a message and would like you to hear it. After years of traveling and playing anywhere and everywhere, we are making our first album together and we are thankful to have you be a part of it!

DANIEL

The early years!
The early years!

I live, eat and breathe music. It is the core of my existence and the purpose of my being. As far back as I can remember, music has been my outlet of expressing emotion, connecting to people, and searching for purpose. There is a story circulating within my family about me at around age 3:  I am riding my rocking horse ferociously -back and forth, back and forth - listening to "Back in the Saddle Again" by Gene Autry on the record player. I stop only to start the song over again...and again. (And again.) Fast forward twenty some years and it isn’t an unusual scene for my wife to find me passed out on the couch at 4 am with my headphones on, listening to my newest favorite song on repeat. I feel the song; I need the song; I live the song. And the song lives within me.

My songs are my life, my thoughts, my interpretation of existence, my message and my connection to people. Music is not just my job, it is my lifestyle. I like to think of it as a healthy desire, but it’s probably more of an obsession. At 17 I left home to be a folksinger inspired by Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack. I wanted to sing the truth. The only way to play my music was to leave behind everything that held me back which, consequently, was also everything I knew. Since that moment, I have played on the side of roads, in bars, in coffee shops, in churches and in strangers' homes. I have played in the rain, in the heat and in the cold. I have slept on the side of roads, found my darkest moments crying, alone, stranded in the rain, and found pure joy in the faces of people dancing to the music that I create.

In my journeys I have faced a multitude of hardships; emotionally, financially and physically, but the rewards of connecting with and moving people have rewarded me ten fold. It is through music that I survive and it is through music that I live my purpose 

RUMEYSA (THE BLONDE)

Happy!
Happy!

When I was a child, my Turkish mother and aunts would occasionally get together to help each other through emotional hardships. They would drink, listen to music and cry. They would repeat the same songs over and over again, repeating the lines that resonated most with them for this particular situation. They would hug, kiss and cry some more. Although I didn’t always understand the depth of the situation, I felt it. I hugged too. I cried also. I obsessed and lingered over the message in the songs. I continue this tradition to this day - with loved ones, or alone. Music is my lifestyle, as it lives through me and as I live through it.

I never once sang or performed in front of a crowd until I met Daniel. I sang in the shower a lot. I sang at the top of my lungs in the car with my sister on long road trips. And often, I sang to myself. Personality tests through high school and college always said the same thing: performer. But I never thought of myself as a performer until this man entered my life with a whirlwind of ferocity so strong it made me reevaluate my entire take on life. I had been a contradiction of sorts, overwhelmingly outgoing and spontaneous yet scared of life in a way. I sought adventure, but played it safe. By riding the wave of music, I overcame fear and learned to live.

From the perspective of a military child, I have no sense of home, or belonging, or affiliation. I was taken all over Europe, Turkey, the USA. From dinners with four star generals to hanging in the slums of local life, I connected with whatever environment was provided to me. I learned to be at home anywhere and everywhere and to connect with people on any level of common ground however small or large.

So, Daniel tells me I have a nice voice and great rhythm. I find myself letting go of fear. I had been primed for conventional success, and yet despised everything about normalcy, but held on because I knew nothing else. I quit my job that had been plaguing my well being for two years and started living my life the way I wanted to live it. I started playing at farmer markets, open mics and busking on the side of the road. I lived in a van for two months and found faith in human goodness that I had almost lost amidst personal struggle. I sang and I played and I connected with people in a way I never thought imaginable. And I found my purpose.

TOGETHER 

Here is a video of us playing with the band..

Playing at our wedding reception!
Playing at our wedding reception!

We have been playing together for nearly five years now. We have played farmers markets, street corners, coffee shops, bars, theaters, basements, bedrooms, living rooms, campfires and happily spent months on the road. 

We have yet to record a CD together. 

We have funded the majority of the cost of recording with our earnings from performing shows, but need help with duplication and merchandise. This is the breakdown of what we need help with:

 Duplication(discs):$1270 

 Mastering: $485

 T-Shirts: $500 

Stickers: $50 

Kickstarter/Amazon fees: $200

$2505 is the minimum total cost to get this record released. Anything beyond that would help with promotion and more merchandise. If we don't make the minimum, you won't get charged, but we don't get anything at all and that would be very sad for everyone. 

Our goal is to get our CDs printed and into the players of people all over the globe. Our travels have connected us with friends from all kinds of cultures and countries. We hope that with our CD we can bridge connections beyond physical travel, share our music and create lasting relationships.

Rockin' the Snow Creek! (Red Lodge, MT)
Rockin' the Snow Creek! (Red Lodge, MT)
Local paper
Local paper
Gunfighter and Princess Wedding Ceremony
Gunfighter and Princess Wedding Ceremony

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges are plenty, but the most difficult challenges have been met. We have each found the person we want to spend our life with. We have overcome doubt and disappointment. Our choice to live for our music has created challenges but our passion has allowed us to overcome them.

When you follow your heart even the most arduous challenges are undaunted.

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    We will perform at your house, backyard or favorite venue in western Montana or any place on our way to Seattle. (If you cover travel we will play anywhere.) Your name in the album credits forever. A T-shirt. A hard copy of the CD and one copy to keep unopened and signed by Daniel and the blonde. Original Daniel and the Blonde sticker. Hand written Thank You note.

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