For well over 40 years now, John Daniels has been a songwriter and composer, working primarily in the field of Gospel and Christian music. With very little formal music education, John started his working life as an accountant, until a meeting with long time friend Dave Pope and folk group, ‘The Alethians’, led within a few short years to what would become a lifetime journey as a musician.
John grew up just outside Portsmouth on the south coast of England, and any ‘formal’ music education was limited to the two years of piano lessons he took at 11 years old. Like many others of that era, he learned guitar by playing along to records (yes, the days of vinyl albums!) and his involvement in the local church gospel choir and various youth music groups provided much of his early musical foundation and spurred his interest in songwriting.
Throughout the mid 1970’s and 1980’s John worked extensively in the British ‘Contemporary Christian Music’ movement of its day as a songwriter, backing musician, producer, musical director and arranger and occasionally in concerts and events on his own. As well as the many songs of his that were published in the UK at that time, some made their way across the Atlantic to a few of the gospel artists there. It was on a concert tour in the U.S. in 1979 that John met his future wife, Tami, to whom he's been married since 1981.
By the mid 1980’s computer technology was rapidly being incorporated into modern music production and John’s experience in commercial recording studios and later in his own home based studio, provided a strong practical foundation for creating music using this increasingly more sophisticated and growing technology.
In 1991 John and his family moved across the Atlantic and settled for a few years in the Fort Worth area of Texas. As well as songwriting and a few years spent as Music Minister in a local church there, in 1994 John started writing and producing the original music underscore for an American Christian T.V. program and documentary series called “Day Of Discovery”. So for more than twenty years, up until the time when production on the program stopped, John worked on many of their teaching, biographical and dramatic documentaries, including during a few years spent living back in England in the late 1990’s, and a final move back to Texas in 2002, where he still lives.
John continues to write music, occasionally collaborating with various friends and artists, including fellow Brit Charles Timberlake on Charles’s piano based instrumental albums, and a few years ago with Dave Pope on an album including many of their early songs from the 1970’s.