With pin up looks, rock star moves and the honey-smoked vocals of a soul man, it is small wonder the world is standing up and taking notice of Dan Sultan.
Although he has been performing and writing songs since childhood, Dan’s musical career took a serious turn after a chance meeting (through a karaoke competition in Melbourne) with guitarist and songwriter Scott Wilson in 2000. The two struck up a musical and song-writing partnership. They worked together on songs – “we both made each other’s songs better” and secured funding (via a John Butler Seeding grant) to go into the studio. At the same time, Dan was building a loyal and at times fanatical following, based on his powerful live performances and charismatic stage presence.
Dan’s debut album “Homemade Biscuits” was released in 2006. The lead track from the album, “Your Love Is Like A Song” was Single of the Year at the 2007 Deadly Awards. He was invited by Paul Kelly to be part of “Cannot Buy My Soul”, a special Kev Carmody tribute concert in 2008, going on to collaborate with Kev Carmody and become the youngest member of the Black Arm Band (a 28 piece ensemble of indigenous artists).
In 2009, Dan released his second album “Get Out While You Can”, recorded in Melbourne with Jonathan Burnside. The album topped the Aria independent charts and made it into the lower reaches of the mainstream album chart. He put in show-stopping performances at the Paul Kelly Tribute concert “Before Too Long” and in the box office hit movie, Bran Nue Dae. His star was most definitely on the rise.
His live performances continued to garner critical acclaim and his audience, spanning generations, continued to grow. Not surprisingly, he appeared on stage at some of this country’s biggest festivals, including The Falls Festival, Big Day Out, Bluesfest, Port Fairy, Meredith, Splendour in the Grass, The Dreaming and Womad.
2010 was an award-winning year literally, that saw Dan pick up two Aria, two AIR and two Deadly Awards.
His latest album “Blackbird” was recorded in Nashville with Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits) at the legendary Blackbird Studios. It was released in April 2014 and debuted at No.4 on the Aria charts.