January 14, 2023: Zachary Larson reviews Daimon's dynatic cover of the Seven Nations song "Our Day Will Come!"
Overall Impression: Lehigh Valley-based Daimon Price impresses with his cover of “Our Day Will Come.” Originally by Rock band Seven Nations, “Our Day Will Come” is a highly energized tune powered by a Celtic and Alternative Rock sound. Lyrically, it can be interpreted as being faith-based, but it avoids overtly religious phrasing and can be appreciated by a more general audience. The fiddle playing in Price's version, by multi award winning violinist NYK VAN WYKE, totally grabs attention and becomes a defining feature of the song. It emphasizes the driving nature of the tune, while the acoustic guitar and bass groove underneath. Price sings with a cool, gravely tone. He nails the melodies, and gives the song a unique vocal edge that sets it apart. Price has been careful to stay true to the original and only peppers the song with his own voice and sound. The end result is a polished and highly enjoyable version of “Our Day Will Come” that holds up well next to the original.
Strongest Point(s): There are plenty of strong points with this version of “Our Day Will Come.” Daimon Price has brought on some fine talent, and has even made the entire project a family affair. Played by his son Jareth, the bass guitar work grooves very well and adds an indispensable fullness to the sound. Price's vocals have a great Alternative Rock sound, and he brings a muted enthusiasm that is very effective.
Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Christian Rock, Celtic Rock, and Alternative Rock will enjoy this cover of “Our Day Will Come” by Daimon Price.
Artist target suggestions: Chris Tomlin, Collective Soul, Bubba Chambers, David Crowder Band, Elevation Worship, Richard Allen McGee, Larry Dean Madden, Pauper's Crown, Casting Crowns, Dave Matthews Band, Seven Nations, Jars of Clay, For King & Country
About The Reviewer: Zachary Larson is a professional guitarist in New York City. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured the world as a classical chamber musician, onboard cruise lines, and with several Broadway musicals. His recorded work spans across Classical, Pop, and Experimental music. His arrangements are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver.
November 29, 2021: Kristina Mondo discovers and reviews Daimon's very first single "The Road Home"
Overall Impression: A poignant and emotional journey of musical storytelling and an homage to his hometown, " The Road Home" is singer/songwriter Daimon Price's latest release. Celebrated contemporary Christian artist Price, pours his heart and soul into every lyric, celebrating and documenting the hard times as well as the good. This song is one of honor and celebration to where Price came from, and a mix of Christian, soft pop, and acoustic music and is certainly appealing and easy on the ears.
Strongest Point(s): The raspiness of Price's vocals give the soft pop and acoustic sound a bit of an edge, and is very similar to that of Bryan Adams and complementing his voice is the melody and instrumental performance combined which give an emotional depth and richness to the song. This is especially crucial to note since it was written as an homage of appreciation and thanks and in celebration of Price's hometown of Slatington for their 150th anniversary. The melody has a soft Christian pop sound, that utilizes soft instrumentation of the guitar, shaker, and violin to create that sound. The violin is a nice touch, as it gives the song refinement and a classical touch to it that likens it to a hymn or prayer.
Target Audience Appeal: For fans of soft pop, acoustic, inspirational, instrumental, and Christian music, as well as fans of Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Richard Marx to name a few.
Artist target suggestions: Sean Curran, Matthew West, Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder Band, John Waller, Josh Fox, Ryan Stevenson, Colton Dixon, Daniel Bashta, Eden's Bridge, Vince Gill, Donny Osmond, Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Bolton, Jon Egan, Newsong, Jamie Grace, Travis Cottrell, The Judds, Clay Walker, Gary Allan, Graham Colton Band, Creed, Jamie Walters, Jackson Browne, Leonard Cohen, Rod Stewart, Train, The Jayhawks, Point of Grace, Danny Gokey, Hillsong, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Richard Marx, Calum Scott, and Shawn Mullins.
About the Reviewer:
Kristina Mondo is a freelance writer specializing in music journalism. From working as a columnist at various publications to managing PR and press campaigns for a camp music festival, and touring with various artists Kristina is a music lover appreciating all types of music and what they have to offer from Opera to rap, there is always something to appreciate in every song. Interviews, however, are her passion, because it's not just about what the artist lets you see but what you can draw out of them getting to the heart of who they really are.
May 2, 2020: Rob Lawson reviews ENTITY
Overall Impression: Entity has a really clear message that I feel everyone can stand to hear. Daimon Price has a terrific voice both compostitionally and physically; full of rasp and pain and experience, yet soulful and optimistic. The backing instrumentals are light at first, offering a sense of atmosphere and background, and as soon as the orchestration opens up, this song becomes a lighter burner that I feel many audiences would love to be a part of.
Strongest Point(s): The songwriting is absolutely beautiful, with a clearly thought out form, and every detail is meticulously put in place, from physical notes to balance and blend. The piano that is overarching the entire piece acts almost as an omniscient presence of sort, and threads the whole piece together. The "Angel" voice is a terrific character, providing a sort of break from the feel of the song. I also really enjoyed the end, as it almost feels uncertain, leading again to the overall feel of the song. Truly remarkable job, and I feel listeners don't need to be Christian to enjoy this song, as the lyrics and music stand as a work of art. Target Audience Appeal: I feel that this could reach a wide array of fans, including audiences of Christian and Gospel, Rock, pop, contemporary, today's hits, and even top 40. This would do well on stage, mainstream and streaming radio, in film, tv, ads, and anywhere you can reach! The more exposure the better.
Artist target suggestions: Daimon, I really appreciate you sharing your story with us, and I feel many others can relate and appreciate your music. Remember that your music is most important in shaping your musical future. Daimon Price, Aaron Shust, Amy Grant, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, David Crowder Band, Garth Brooks, Goo Goo Dolls, Jars of Clay, Jeremy Camp, John Denver, John Lennon, John Mellencamp, Julian Lennon, Lifehouse, Lincoln Brewster, Meat Loaf, MercyMe, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Phil Wickham, Taylor Swift, Tears for Fears, The Beatles, The Cure, The Moody Blues About The Reviewer:
Rob Lawson is a Master’s Music Performance major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a percussionist, composer, conductor, and recording artist. He has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Horn Choir, Pit Orchestra, and Keystone Winds. He has composed, arranged, and premiered works for Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, and Brass Quintet at IUP, and conducted the Pep Band, Symphony Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Chamber Ensembles, along with various recitals. Rob graduated from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance, was the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist of the Wind Ensemble, Percussionist and Drummer with the Beatles Band, and conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Orchestra, and various Chamber Ensembles. Rob also has experience with the recording process, both in front and behind the mic, from solo pieces to rock bands to full orchestral ensembles. He also teaches private lessons in percussion, conducting, music theory, and has taught high school marching percussion
Mike Mckenna (Nor'easter Entertainment Magazine)
“With Eagles Might”
This Lehigh Valley native son and GLVMA nominated songwriter, Daimon Price, has re-released his 2012 single, “With Eagles Might”, for this 2016 patriotic season. Daimon describes this as, “a song that reminds Americans that no matter what your beliefs are, no matter what political party you support, we are all one family united under the mighty Eagle of America!” In light of the present climate today in America, this track comes at a time when we need to reaffirm our patriotism to country and not individuals.
With the vocal rasp of a Rod Stewart, the laid back vocal effect of a Don Henley and the acoustic guitar prowess of a John Mellencamp, all these influences come together seamlessly as one listens to this wonderful single. The lyrics will make you take two steps back and notice the feeling being exuded here. His patriotism is undeniably strong as he rips through his telling lyrics.
His roots in Christian Music as well as Classic Rock offer the listener a nice combination of what is real and that retro sound that is popular today. Daimon also imparts his wisdom as a teacher and author to those who seek him out. Check this out, I'm sure you will be as moved as I was. WELL DONE!!
Single Review by Michael McKenna
Nor'easter Entertainment Magazine