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By this point, singer/songwriter Danny Michel must be a bit weary of being ranked as one of this country's undiscovered musical treasures. But it's true"
THE TORONTO STAR
"Every time we hear a new Danny Michel album, we end up asking the same question: Why isn’t he rich, famous and beloved by the masses?"
THE WINNIPEG SUN
"Danny Michel has reached a point where his musical vocabulary is so broad, his songwriting/arranging
chops so sharp, his guitar playing so distinctive and his taste for the right sonic touch so impeccable that he can do whatever he wants and make it compelling"
EYE MAGAZINE 5/5 STAR REVIEW
"He's a Canadian singer from outside Toronto. We met him when I was doing festivals, just before I got sick... and I really fell in love with his records."
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO - HARP MAGAZINE
"Just fabulous. He's kind of like Paul Simon in the Rhymin' Simon days."
Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me is Danny Michel’s 10th album, and first on a label in almost five years. The lyrically poignant, Juno nominated singer-songwriter’s new album is a gem, and brings Michel and his committed audience to Six Shooter Records.
"Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me" was recorded in Belize with The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group. It is currently nominated for a Juno and released world wide through Stonetree Records (Belize), Cumbancha (U.S.) and Six Shooter Records (Canada) alongside a new album by The Garifuna Collective. “Black Birds” dives into the waves of Belize’s musical deep, featuring Maya guitar, turtle shells, donkey jaw-bone and traditional Garifuna segunda and primero drums. Michel cultivates lush rhythms and sounds as the perfect backdrop for his buoyantly eloquent songwriting style.
To make the record, Danny relocated from Ontario to the foot of the Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Benque Viejo del Carmen to work with pioneering producer Ivan Duran at Stonetree Records, a label/studio that has been instrumental in bringing the Belizean sound to the world. There he teamed up with members of the Garifuna Collective and the album came together unlike any before in Danny’s career. He arrived at the studio empty-handed and began by building the rhythms, adding layers until the songs took shape. The lyrics came last, which challenged Michel to work in reverse.
Inspired by the package of a mood ring, “What Colour Are You?” opens the album with a mellow reflection about true natures, painted as a spectrum of emotions and set against the sunset hues of Garifuna beats and backing vocals. Danny’s connection with Belize goes beyond artistic inspiration; he also founded the DM Ocean Academy Fund to provide scholarship money for students of the Caye Caulker Ocean Academy, the very first high school on Caye Caulker, a coral island off the coast of Belize. To date, Danny has raised over $44,000.00
Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me saturates Danny’s wholehearted imagery in a rich tropical palette, and shows his unreserved artistic commitment to the cultural experience of making a record abroad.