THANK YOU KICKSTARTER for the feature! Now, meet Dan Musselman!
A HUGE thanks to Kickstarter for featuring my project and making it a part of their "Projects We Love". I cannot believe it! I LOVE THIS PROJECT TOO!
I want to take the time to introduce another key player in A Kat Perkins Christmas Vol. II. His name is Dan Musselman aka "Doctor Dan' :). He's one of the most talented keyboard players, composers, authors, and musicians that I know in Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN. I'm lucky to have worked with Dan last year on Vol. I of the Christmas record and the Live show that we put together for 13 dates across the Midwest.
Dan grew up in Jefferson City, MO and started studying classical piano at the age of 5. He went on to attend McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Music Composition.
He has led his own ensembles at several establishments in the Twin Cities, including the Artists’ Quarter (now Vieux Carré) and the Dakota Jazz Club. Dan has also performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, John Moulder, Cory Wong, GB Leighton, and many others.
In 2013, Dan released Devotion, a jazz album inspired by books of the Bible, and in 2014, Dan released A Modern Christmas, an electronic/jazz/pop inspired album, consisting of “recompositions” of sacred Christmas hymns. Additionally, he has published three textbooks, Ear Training For the Modern Musician, Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Dan is also a music director for River Valley Church.
When I asked Dan about how he feels about working on this Christmas Record he had this to say:
"I'm the keyboardist for Kat's Christmas record, and it's an absolute blast working with her. She brings such an incredible combination of an authentic joy for Christmas and amazing musicianship and creativity. I couldn't be more excited about the project, as I know that our listeners will hear and feel all the love that is poured into this music."
It's very important to me to not only work with talented people on this potential project, but I'm working extremely hard to bring on as much "local" talent from my hometown of Minneapolis, MN as possible. My music community in Minneapolis means a lot to me - they're like family.
We have 19 days to go on this campaign. Thank you so much for your financial help thus far. If you have friends that might be interested in the awesome "kickbacks" I have to offer along with being a part of making a STELLAR Christmas record, please SHARE and help spread the word!