DAN MASTERSON is a Boston-based performing songwriter who pairs honest, carefully crafted writing with dynamic, powerful vocal performances. Dan’s alternative blend of piano-centric pop and rock evolves with each release, and his music is readily accessible to fans of Billy Joel, Sara Bareilles, and Dawes.
The piano-pounding pop-rocker recently drew praise of regional radio jockeys and promoters as he competed in The New England Music Awards’ Last Band Standing in Massachusetts competition — one of just seven acts statewide to make the final round amid a pool of nearly five hundred submissions.
Masterson’s debut release, THE FATHER TIME EP, led him to a 10-week summer tour of the United Kingdom in 2011, where he honed his solo performance in front of fresh audiences, including festival-goers at the famed Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan’s intensely emotional sophomore release, LEARN TO LIVE, garnered accolades from national press and independent radio in 2014, with over sixty station adds. Goldmine Magazine called it “Intriguingly special, totally deserving of ears, and highly recommended.”
Masterson raises the bar still higher with his new release, ATLAS. Self-produced, ATLAS features drummer and Warped Tour veteran, Austin Bryant, and was mastered by five-time Emmy award winner, Andy Mitran. From the first track to the last, Masterson demonstrates an unusual dedication to his craft, and his live performances have quality to match.
“Anyone who says Dan Masterson didn’t melt their hearts with his performance last Friday night is a liar. Not only did Masterson inspire some gentle, arm-in-arm swaying, on the dance floor, but he also stole the judges with his lyrics…Masterson’s vocal control in ‘Fine’ and ‘Atlas’ the two, in my opinion, outstanding songs of the night was unreal.” – BDCwire
As his career accelerates, anticipation is high. “Masterson makes the kind of music that sells out stadiums and makes young girls weepy,” says music critic and WTBU host, Victoria Wasylak. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time…