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Biography

    Danny Ray Cole has been successfully entertaining audiences for several years now, offering music fans his eclectic skills on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica.  Complementing his instrumental talents is a smooth voice either carrying the lead or blending it in harmony with the likes of Bill Monroe, Spencer Crossing, Wade Quick, and various other national and regional acts that have used Danny’s skills to showcase their performances.

From Bluegrass and Cajun to Country and Celtic music, Danny Ray Cole has just about performed it all, including his own original songs.  Capturing the spirit of his home in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Danny’s songwriting is gaining critical acclaim with radio stations and listeners alike.  Songs from his many CD releases, are already receiving regional airplay and providing him with a new fan base.

And while building a audience for his music pleases Danny, becoming a “star” is not something that occupies his mind or all of his time.  Entertaining crowds, large Danny Ray Cole performs on the Stone Mountain, GA Riverboat! or small and staying close to the people is what Danny considers most important. In any given week you might see Danny playing in front of thousands on a national concert stage and the next day at a private birthday party for a local neighbor.  Anywhere a crowd appreciates great music is where you’ll find Danny gladly performing.  You can’t even check his ego at the door, because he honestly doesn’t have one.

And well he could. Having toured with Bill Monroe, and his son James Monroe, a stint with Giant Records recording artists “Spencer Crossing”, the “Tribute to Garth Brooks” showcase, a Central American USO tour, and so much more, Danny Ray Cole’s resume would swell the head of most other musicians.  But Danny’s feet are firmly planted and dedicated to remaining a local boy no matter where the music business make take him.

Residing in Dawsonville, Georgia, Danny’s love for music first came from his grandfather, Fred Gibbs of Toccoa, Georgia who encouraged the young man to learn the fiddle.  Accepting his grandfathers advice, Danny has turned his love of the instrument and the music into a professional career.  A choice that has not only pleased his family but music audiences worldwide.  And you can bet that Danny Ray Cole will continue to entertain crowds as long as there is a listening ear.

Danny has also produced two music videos. "Whispering Waters" a single from the "Georgia Gold" CD and "Thunder Road" the title cut from his second album.  Both video's are being used for promotional tools to showcase his talents. The "Whispering Waters" video highlights the beauty surrounding the Etowah river in North Georgia while the "Thunder Road" production blends live footage of Danny performing with exciting dirt track racing.  Both video's are well produced and extremely entertaining.

Recent career highlights include his fiddle work on the PBS documentary "The Civil War In Georgia", as well as the IMI Music CD release, "Celtic Christian Hymns".

Danny has also completed work on his latest CD, "Cajun Fun". and has a new display featuring one of his fiddle's residing in the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame!

Whether performing solo, as a duo, with his own group, or playing as a sideman to other artists, Danny Ray Cole has certainly established himself as one of North Georgia’s premier talents.


Career History and Highlights

Awards/Associations

2004 "Musician of the Year" from the ASE (Atlanta Society of Entertainers)

Voted Top Male Artist and Top Bluegrass Artist for 2003 by MACMC (Metro Atlanta Country Music Club)

Winner of the 1989 North Georgia Fiddler contest - Atlanta, Georgia

Member of the AFM (American Federation of Musicians)

Instruments

Fiddle/Violin, harmonica, mandolin, mandocaster, rhythm guitar, slide guitar, and banjo

 

Skills

Lead vocals, 3rd part harmony, formal notation, Nashville number system, 

square dance calling, children's educational shows, strolling performer and concerts

 

Performance History

2001: Danny Ray Cole - Featured Artist for the KICKS 101.5 FM / MP3 Concert Series 

at Six Flags Over Georgia

 

2000: Danny Ray Cole & The Cajun Boys - Atlanta, Georgia

Cajun and Country Music Band for clubs and festivals

1999 - 2000: Danny Ray Cole (Solo Performing Artist) - Atlanta, Georgia

Solo performances including full backing tracks for concerts, clubs and strolling work

 

1998 - 2000: Danny Ray Cole & The Georgia Gold Bluegrass Band - Atlanta, Georgia

Southeastern bluegrass band for corporate functions, square dances and festivals

1998: Old South Music - Atlanta, Georgia

Area convention entertainment group

1998: Old South Music - Atlanta, Georgia

Area convention entertainment group

1997: The Griswolds - Atlanta, Georgia

Southeastern club and festival circuit band

1996: Dixie Creek Band - Atlanta, Georgia

National college and club circuit band

1996: Southeastern Events - Marietta, Georgia

A Tribute to Garth Brooks Showcase

1995: USO Guns for Hire - World Tour

U.S. Military Band tour of Central America

1995: The Nashville Folks - Nashville, Tennessee

National Duet performing for retirement communities

1994: Bill Monroe/James Monroe - Nashville, Tennessee

Father & Son 1994 National Bluegrass Tour

1994: Spencer Crossing - Nashville, Tennessee

Giant Records - High energy country rock band

1993: Leon Everette/Hurricane Band - Aiken, South Carolina

Featured Concerts at Cadillac Ranch

1992: Shotgun Band - Atlanta, Georgia

Various Clubs, Benefits, Y106/Y104 radio promotions and the George Bush presidential campaign


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