REVIEWS


“a divine conduit of honest-to-goodness music”
“the essence of pure, raw, soulful energy”
“a soulful human being, bringing all that depth to the microphone”
“the talent and inspiration are genuine”
JamSphere

“gives every moment everything he’s got”
“I’ve had a firm smile on my face throughout the entire time listening”
SleepingBagStudios.ca

“belongs on the top shelf with the finest of love songs”
“This belongs on radio”
Middle Tennessee Music - Joshua Smotherman

 


“an admission of his toughest moments of self-realization"
"extraordinarily beautiful words"
SleepingBagStudios.ca

“an amazing artist through and through”
TheMusic.Reviews: Jack Saint

“the positivity and optimism throughout is quite overwhelming, an absolute rarity these days it seems”
“I feel like it would be right at home at the end of some momentous and epic film about love, travel, and learning”
StereoStickman.com

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LONG BIO


“A divine conduit of honest-to-goodness music” ~ JamSphere

Dan McLean Jr’s and reviewers often compare his songs to Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Chicago and Tower of Power.  It’s Pop-Soul music on a mature canvas, meaning that, when you have money together, and a home together, and kids together, love carries a lot of baggage.  Love is even more important, and breakup can mean lawyers, dividing assets, and having the kids every other weekend.

Based just outside Toronto, Canada, McLean says “Almost everything I write is like a scene from a film or a play, with me inserting parts of myself into the protagonist, so mostly, they’re about a fictional version of myself.  Once in a while, I later realize that I’ve injected so much of myself that it really did end up being autobiographical”.

For McLean, as with most songwriters, writing “deep” lyrics is much easier in sad songs, because in sad periods, it’s natural to be much more reflective and analytical.  In happy love songs, there’s usually not the same need for self-exploration, and all you want to do is celebrate.  As a middle-aged guy, McLean still falls for women, and he says it really does feel the same as when he was a teenager.  “With a happy love song, I’m just careful not to do any more thinking than the emotions dictate, so if all I want to do is tell the world how in love I am, then it’s in the song’s best interest not to get in the way of that, and just let the song be happy”.

McLean’s plan is to release singles accompanied by videos, because folks are much more likely to click on video than audio, and are much more likely to engage with a video, and therefore are much more likely to watch more than once and to share.  When the first ten singles are out, they’ll be released as an album

While most of the upcoming songs are about the beginning or the end of love, a couple are about morality from his own humanist perspective.  Actually, even most of the love songs are like that, but it’s easier for listeners to take in an ethical message in the context of a love story.

After taking two years to help care for his ailing father and then grieving his loss, Dan’s back in the studio and on stage. “The only way out was to sing his way out” - GuelphToday.com

When McLean started co-writing with years-ago musical partner Dave Dunlop, McLean laid out two criteria: The songs had to have distinct elements of Soul music, and McLean needed to be able to play them alone on guitar.  His solo versions have much simpler guitar parts than when Dave plays them, and that’s forced him to learn a lot of guitar skills to make them work.  That just means his guitar playing has gotten better, which is really evident when he plays solo or with his three backup singers “Some Honey”.

For these sessions, McLean has reunited with old friends & musical partners Dave Dunlop (Producer, co-writer) and Executive Producer Greg Wells (Adele, Mayer Hawthorne, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Theophilus London, Mika, Timbaland, OneRepublic, Deftones, Pink, Kid Cudi, Burt Bacharach, kd Lang, Sir George Martin, and the Count Basie Orchestra).

Fall & Winter of 2016 will feature Dan McLean Jr doing shows with his three back singers (Dan McLean Jr & Some Honey).

SHORT BIO


“A divine conduit of honest-to-goodness music” ~ JamSphere

Dan McLean Jr’s fans and reviewers often compare his songs to Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Chicago and Tower of Power.  It’s Pop-Soul music on a mature canvas, meaning that, when you have money together, and a home together, and kids together, love carries a lot of baggage.  Love is even more important, and breakup can mean lawyers, dividing assets, and having the kids every other weekend.

Based just outside Toronto, Canada, McLean says “Almost everything I write is like a scene from a film or a play, with me inserting parts of myself into the protagonist, so mostly, they’re about a fictional version of myself.  Once in a while, I later realize that I’ve injected so much of myself that it really did end up being autobiographical”.

For McLean, as with most songwriters, writing “deep” lyrics is much easier in sad songs, because in sad periods, it’s natural to be much more reflective and analytical.  “With a happy love song, I’m just careful not to do any more thinking than the emotions dictate, so if all I want to do is tell the world how in love I am, then it’s in the song’s best interest not to get in the way of that, and just let the song be happy”.

McLean’s plan is to release singles accompanied by videos, because folks are much more likely to click on video than audio, and are much more likely to engage with a video, and therefore are much more likely to watch more than once and to share.  When the first ten singles are out, they’ll be released as an album.

While most of the upcoming songs are about the beginning or the end of love, a couple are about morality from his own humanist perspective.  Actually, even most of the love songs are like that, but it’s easier for listeners to take in an ethical message in the context of a love story.

After taking two years to help care for his ailing father and then grieving his loss, McLean’s back in the studio and on stage. “The only way out was to sing his way out” - GuelphToday.com

For these sessions, McLean has reunited with old friends & musical partners Dave Dunlop (Producer, co-writer) and Executive Producer Greg Wells (Adele, Mayer Hawthorne, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Theophilus London, Mika, Timbaland, OneRepublic, Deftones, Pink, Kid Cudi, Burt Bacharach, kd Lang, Sir George Martin, and the Count Basie Orchestra).

Fall & winter of 2016 will feature McLean doing shows with his three back singers as “Dan McLean Jr & Some Honey”, including a May 28 show in Guelph Ontario that will be filmed & recorded.

RIYL (Recommended if you like ...)


Fans & reviewers mention similarities to legendary pop music storytellers
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Steely Dan
Todd Rundgren
Chicago
all of whom have inspired Dan’s sophisticated style of catchy pop-soul.

LYRICAL EXCERPTS


Kiss me once, and I’ll be dancin’
Kiss me twice, and I’ll be walkin’ on air
Kiss me three times, and I will fly
But, say you’ll kiss me again tomorrow
And, if there’s a heaven, I’ll be there

from “Kiss Me Once”
© 2012 – Dan McLean Jr & Dave Dunlop

 


I think a part of me decided, as I lay weeping on the floor
That “It’s better to have loved and lost” is just some bullshit metaphor
I mean, that can’t really mean what it seems to say
It’s just a lie we tell each other when we have nothing intelligent to say

from “I Don’t Believe In Love”
© 2012 – Dan McLean Jr & Dave Dunlop

DAN'S BAND


  • Lead & Backing Vocal: Dan McLean Jr
  • Guitars & Backing Vocal: Dave Dunlop
  • Bass: Steve Skingley
  • Drums: Randy Cooke
  • Keys: Don Breithaupt
  • Sax & Backing Vocal: Lester McLean
  • Backing Vocal: Katalin Kiss

DAN'S PRODUCTION TEAM


  • Producer: Dave Dunlop
  • Executive Producer: Greg Wells
    • Adele, Mayer Hawthorne, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Rufus Wainwright, Theophilus London, Mika, Timbaland, OneRepublic, Deftones, Pink, Kid Cudi, Burt Bacharach, k. d. Lang, Sir George Martin, and the Count Basie Orchestra
  • Composers: Dan McLean Jr & Dave Dunlop, ©2012
  • Mixing Engineer: Steve Skingley
  • Mastering Engineer: Richard G Benoit

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