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
Mike Mckenna (STEEL NOTE Magazine)
“The Road Home”
Review by Michael “Jacobs” McKenna
Steel Notes Magazine
Daimon Price has been around music for quite a few years. His career began in 1980 first as a drummer and then in 1995 as a guitarist, songwriter and composer. His creativity is heavily influenced by performers such as The Cure, Jars of Clay, John Mellencamp, Tears for Fears, Lifehouse, The Moody Blues and Collective Soul. This music carries with it a wide range of options which can steer Daimon in many different directions.
His CD, The Road Home, is about people who are close to him plus inspiration by his home life and things around him. Daimon doesn't just write songs, he is also a published author and is currently penning a new historical book about his home town.
Recorded at Cat House Studios and consisting of 9 tracks, Daimon kicks things off with “Different Back Then” which looks back on the music he grew up with. This fun little ditty sounds like it came from the 80's with its simple guitar work and a cool fiddle. “My Destiny” is a way cool number about his daughter from the day she was born to present day. The melody and that telltale rasp in his vocals gives this a nice touch. “Bliss to Me” is a mid-tempo acoustic guitar/violin based song that espouses his values and the things that make him happy.
The title track, “The Road Home”, was the official theme song for the 150th Anniversary of the founding of his hometown. I detect a bit of Bob Seger in those vocals. Nice tribute! “Homeland Skies” takes things down to how Daimon feels about his two sons in this telling ballad. 'Spirits Live On” is about the influences Jesus, John Lennon and Martin Luther King had on his life. He incorporates bits of lyrics from Lennon, happenings from MLK and the Lord. Also, this is his first ever tune he wrote on an acoustic guitar.
“Dear Dad” is an open letter to his late step-father that is done in the mold of an early John Mellencamp replete with that signature acoustic and backing rhythm. The piano solo is a nice touch! “Until I Sleep” recounts Daimon's asthma problems when he was a child and how mom was there for him at night. Very well put together! “Legacy” was written on a jet coming home from his fathers funeral. Touching!
Putting it all together, I hear some Americana and folk influences along with some nice ballad-style MOR format music. WELL DONE!
THE ROAD HOME
by: JIM ALLFORD
Daimon Price hails from Slatington, Pa and is continuing his career in the music business. He is a Special Ed teacher in East Stroudsburg, Pa when not doing music. This 9 song album was recorded at CAT HOUSE RECORDING STUDIO with the help of B.U THOMAS in the summer 2014. The musicians that play on this record are: DAIMON PRICE-Vocals, acoustic guitars, piano, drums/percussion; B.U THOMAS-Acoustic guitars, bass, piano, synth, drums/percussion; ROSE PRICE-Viola and MARDOCHEE DADE-Cello. Please check him out at his website: www.daimonprice.com and on Facebook, and Vimeo. He intends to release THE ROAD HOME on vinyl in January 2015.
This album is Daimon's heart and soul for 20 years of songwriting and reflections of his family, hometown and childhood. The album starts out with a song titled, DIFFERENT BACK THEN, in which he reminisces the music from the 1980's. The music itself has a bubble gum feel and his vocals are far different than what you might expect. MY DESTINY is quite a delight as the songs starts out with the viola. The song is written especially for his daughter and is truly a gem. THE ROAD HOME is about the 150th Anniversary of his hometown, Slatington, Pa. I must admit, this song is clearly a stand out on the album, plus, you can see the music video on VIMEO. This song should surely put Slatington, Pa on the map! DEAR DAD is about a letter he wrote to his late Step-dad that had a very positive effect on his life. This song will definitely have a affect on you, one way or another. The melody and lyrics will grow on you. LEGACY is tribute to his late Father. The song was written on a flight from his funeral. He is hoping to pass on his own legacy through his family.
The music reminds me of Micheal W. Smith as the guitar and piano takes the stage. I hope you will go see Daimon live in the near future and let him know I sent you. Also, I highly recommend getting a copy of his album on vinyl or digital download. My hats off to all the musicians that played and are involved on this record. Thank you Daimon for reaching out and please keep in touch.
Rock On, Jim Allford