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Daniel Rylander is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Northeast Ohio. His music combines catchy melodies with smart lyrics and is blended seamlessly together by his smooth, soulful voice.
Daniel's musical journey began in the early-2000s with his involvement in a local, pop-punk band (Trademark Mistake) as the drummer, vocalist, and primary lyricist. After the band disbanded, wanting to delve deeper into his passion for writing songs, Daniel taught himself to play the piano, guitar, and later on the ukulele. On May 2nd, 2012, Daniel received news that his older brother, 2nd Lt. David Rylander, had been killed in action in Afghanistan. The loss of his older brother inspired the song, “A Friend & Brother (Be Thou at Peace)”, which Daniel co-wrote with his uncle, Tom Siebert. In memorial of David, they performed this song at the funeral and having been well received by those in attendance, Daniel was encouraged to have it professionally recorded. It was working on this song with producer, Wes McCraw, at Creekside Audio in Norton, OH that was instrumental in his decision to later return to the studio and record the rest of his debut, full-length album: Strawberry Skyline.
Strawberry Skyline was released in 2013 and since then, Daniel has played hundreds of shows locally, regionally, and nationally. In 2014, he released “Maui Wowii”; the follow-up single to his first record, which was inspired by a vacation to Hawaii, and sonically set the stage for his 2015 release: The Memoirs of a Poolside Romance. This EP was largely focused around the ukulele, and offered a more “stripped-down”, acoustic sound to listeners. Daniel has released new music every year since with singles like: “White Elephant” (December, 2016), “Understanding” (January, 2017), “Right Now” (September, 2017), his second studio EP: How the Seasons Change Us (August, 2018), "When Angels Take You Home" (June, 2019), "Love You More" (September, 2019), "Not Just Yet" (December 2020), and "Sink with Me" (November 2021).
Now, with over a decade of experience, Daniel has returned to Creekside Audio, and is working on his second, full-length album - COMING 2024!
You can stream/purchase his newest single, "Dreaming", here!
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