Dan Graydon is a pop/soul songwriter and artist currently based in North Carolina. Being a western NC native, he grew up loving the mountains and as much southern food he could have. He could never get enough of music and was raised through it, watching his mother lead church choirs and play piano for services. He followed in her footsteps, taking piano lessons from an early age, participating in school choirs and church praise bands, always singing. He found inspiration in pop, gospel, classical, and folk music because of how it evoked emotion and movement, and fell in love with artists like Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Frank Ocean, and Lady Gaga because of how they fearlessly but delicately told stories. He continued his musical pursuit into college, studying choral music education at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Coming out as gay in college and experiencing his first queer relationships, Dan discovered that songwriting was an effective therapeutic outlet for him. He began playing songs in breweries around Boone in 2014, never holding back the sharing of his experiences. He quickly realized he could remain a music teacher by sharing these stories with an audience, entering a beautiful relationship with songwriting, and following it all the way to Los Angeles after graduation. While in Los Angeles, he continued playing shows and began writing songs for other pop/r&b artists, having pitched songs to performers like Josh Groban, Adam Lambert, and Noah Cyrus. His time in California allowed him to reflect on his conservative upbringing and reassured his love for nature, embracing the cultural and natural diversity around the city. He self-wrote and released his first project ‘Go Turn Ur Back’ in early 2018 and followed it up with his single ‘Elated’ in late 2019.
Due to COVID-19’s closure of studios and music venues in Los Angeles in early 2020, Dan decided to return to North Carolina where he is continuing to write songs and beginning to produce music in his home studio. He’s thankful to be home where he can be closer to family, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an abundant amount of southern food.