Gregory A. Daniels - Saxman
new release "For His Glory" by Gregory Daniels
is a mixture of spiritual blessing inspired by the
Glory he has for Almighty God. His ability to blow
smooth gospel on the sax that gives praise, worship
and understanding though music. Jamsource/Runway talks
to Gregory about the journey with his music and life.
- How and who planted the seed to your musical career
and at what age did you get serious about the art?
GD - My parents who are both musicians planted
the seed of music; they sing and play the piano. However,
it is also self-inspired. I always aspired to be great
at everything I do. Music is one of those things.
failing band in the sixth grade, I had no desire to
play the sax again. But God had a different plan for
me. Being a lover of music all of my life, I didn't
realize that I had a gift until I was 18 years old.
It was then that my saxophone musical journey began.
Once the gift was revealed to me, the art of music
became serious & alive from within.
- What instruments do you play beside the sax?
GD - The Shophar/"Ram's Horn" is
another instrument I am able to play. I play it for
Yom Kippur each year. I also play the soprano, alto
and tenor saxophones for all of my other events.
- What life experiences have you encounter to get
to this stage in your life and is it a part of your
- The life experiences I have gone through has helped
shape who I am, how I play my music and how I feel
when I play. If it had not been for the triumphs and
the failures I would not be where I am or who I am
today. As with all great musicians, life experiences
are what puts emotion in the songs and brings life
to the melodies. The things I go through in life become
a part of me, which in turn is expressed through my
music. Thru that I purpose to connect with my audience
of all kinds causing them to forget the things of
their past & what they have gone thtough &
enjoy the moment of their present through the sound
that penetrates their hearts as I blow.
- Who are some of the people in the industry that
you look to for inspiration with your music?
GD - There are so many great saxophonists;
each with their own unique sound and style. The ones
I admire would be Gerald Albright for the jazz genre
and Vernard Johnson in the gospel genre. Each has
helped to pave the way for saxophonists like me.
- Who are some of the artist you have done shows with
and who would you like to perform with?
- I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet
and open up for artist such as John P. Kee, the Williams
Brothers and Donald Lawrence just to name a few.
- Since you can blow both gospel and jazz do you plan
to stay in the gospel category or will you be recording
any jazz in the near future?
GD - Although I plan to record a jazz/love
album in the future, my heart belongs to Christian
music and it is and will continue to be my first love
because of the giver of the gift. I enjoy playing
the saxophone & my reward is when I see how others
are fulfilled through hearing my music.