Danny D is widely known for his spectacular, award-winning live shows with classic covers, but there is much more to this veteran singer songwriter. From his Original Music to his Rod Stewart Tribute Show, Danny D does it all and leaves the audience begging for more.
Hailing from Hamtramck, Danny D grew up in the center of the Detroit rock and Motown music scene. Playing his own music since a young age, Danny D has matured into a sophisticated singer, songwriter and musician with the inspiration of his Detroit music roots and the insight that comes from age and experience.
Danny D's music has been a vital outlet for his personal expression since age seven, when he started showing signs of Tourette's syndrome, but unbeknownst of the actual affliction until diagnosed at the age of 21. Danny D's singing and performing became more important when he noticed how his symptoms seemed to disappear. He became determined to be successful and to become the best musician he could be by taking piano and vocal lessons, music theory, and writing and recording his own songs. Danny explains his reason for getting into music professionally, "My goal is to inspire people, to be a motivator and encourage people, young and old—to go for their dreams, regardless of any obstacle."
Danny D has opened for some very big name artists such as: Mitch Ryder, David Lee Roth, Bad Company, Eddie Money, The Tubes, Air Supply, Uncle Kracker, and The Romantics. Danny has also sung for, to and with other legends as well: Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler, Rod Stewart, Paul Warren, Robert Bateman, Mark Farner, the late Johnnie Bassett, Simon Townsend, Teddy Andreadis, Vinnie Appice, Paul Stanley, Shaun Murphy, Drew Abbott, Alto Reed, HUSH and dozens of talented up-and-coming stars. Danny D mixes it up well with just about anyone, whether in rock, alternative, funk, country or hip-hop.
Either preforming as Rod Stewart or doing his original music, The Vagabonds are Danny D's band which is composed of veteran musicians: guitarist James Niemi, Robert Joiner on bass, drummer Paul Sikorski, saxman Marty Montgomery, on keyboards Andrew Toering and back up vocals Cat Menzies.
Rod Stewart Tribute Show
Danny D is the most realistic Rod Stewart impersonator in the industry today. This claim is not without a reason to believe: 2012 Detroit Music Award Outstanding Tribute Band (Rod Stewart), the 2012 Winner of Real Detroit Weekly's Best Tribute Artist and 2011 CIC Las Vegas Reel Award Winner- Best Tribute Band. True blue. Whether a fan of the classic Rod or the new Rod, Danny D does it all and leaves the audience begging for more—just like a Rod Stewart Tour show.
Danny D has been the only Rod Stewart impersonator to ever be pulled up on stage by Rod Stewart on tour—to close the show with Do You Think I'm Sexy? to a sold-out, wildly cheering crowd at DTE Energy Music Theatre
Lead singer, Danny D has performed with and for some rock 'n' roll greats—Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler, Paul Warren, Robert Bateman, Mark Farner, the late Johnnie Bassett, Simon Townsend, Teddy Andreadis, Vinnie Appice, Paul Stanley, Shaun Murphy, Drew Abbott, Alto Reed, HUSH and dozens of talented up-and-coming stars. Danny D received the CIC Reel Award for Best Tribute Band in 2011—and is the only tribute artist to ever perform a duet with Rod Stewart (at DTE). Interviewed by Wider World Biography on Discovery PBS, Detroit Live Magazine, Detroit Live Magazine and the Macomb Daily, Danny has shared his story about never giving up on your dreams no matter what obstacles you have to overcome. Still Got The Boy In Me, Danny D's third album, has received airplay on WCSX and was topic of conversation on The GMO Show and Mojo in the Morning, while Danny D's latest album—Last Call, produced by Paul Warren, is getting rave reviews and airplay around the country.
Robert Joiner has a colorful musical history as he began playing instruments at an early age. By elementary school Robert was playing the French horn and trombone, and in high school he learned to play the electric bass guitar. While attending Detroit Mackenzie High School, Robert also joined stage band and performed at several talent shows and concerts.
Following high school, Robert's musical journey only expanded as he began to play with local bands at various venues. In 1987 he joined the Detroit Police Department and formed a band called Niteforce. Niteforce went on to produce and record songs including How Do We Get Back to Love and Oh How I Love Those Songs, a tribute to The Temptations. Post Niteforce, Joiner co-founded T.H.I.Q.U.E where he co-wrote and recorded Sweet One and Last Dance.
Joiner has also had the privilege of traveling the world playing for high profile events and opening for famous entertainers such as Bill Cosby, Earth, Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin, Keith Sweat and more.
And keeping in the theme of the police force, Robert joined the iconic Detroit Police The Blue Pigs Band. Since 1970, the group has been performing for civic groups, schools and non-profit organizations spreading the awareness of music and crime prevention. Robert carried on the tradition of The Blue Pigs until early 2013.
Currently, Robert continues to play electric bass guitar as well as acoustic bass guitar and sings background and lead vocals with Danny D & The Vagabonds.
Before joining the Vagabonds, James Niemi has played lead guitar and sang back up vocals for many local cover and dance bands. Writing and performing original world beat music with the Detroit ensemble Zebula Avenue, James Niemi received a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding World Album in 2008. A proud member of the great Ho-Chunk Nation, James is also a fine artist working mainly in oils. His style is a cross between surrealism and symbolism. For more on James' art, check out: www.jamesniemi.com. Making art in many forms puts James on a continued quest for a varied and harmonious life experience.
Drummer Paul Sikorski has shared the stage with some greats: Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers, and Mitch Ryder to name a few. His accomplishments in musical theater range from playing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Fisher Theater, Music Hall, Stage Crafters, and the Las Vegas Flamingo - Hilton. His vintage Slingerland drum beats have been heard in Hair Spray, Phantom of the Opera, and Beauty and the Beast. A 1975 Wayne State University graduate and ten year director of the Gross Pointe North drum line, Paul's beats continue with The Vagabonds!
Marty Montgomery began his carrier as a drummer, and with the encouragement of his professional saxophonist father, went on to study the saxophone in the Detroit Public Schools, then furthered his musical studies at The Detroit Institute of Musical Arts and Oakland University.
Marty went on to become an American Music Award winner in 1977, and Grammy nominee with the group Wild Cherry for the song, Play that Funky Music.
For over 40 years, Marty has performed, recorded and toured with the following acts: Wild Cherry, Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Minnie Ripperton, The Supremes, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Millie Jackson, Little Richard, KEM, The Dramatics, Labelle, Johnnie Taylor, Little Eva, Dee Dee Sharp, Tiny Tim, The Stylistics, The Funk Brothers, Roy Ayers, George Benson, Marlena Shaw and served as musical director for Carolyn Franklin.
Marty has also toured with: Earth Wind and Fire, ABBA, The Jacksons, KC & the Sunshine Band, Tower of Power, Ohio Players, Santana, Brothers Johnson, War, Bobby Womack, The Chilites, and many more.
Locally, Marty has played with: The Blues Brigade, the Bugs Beddow Band, Sweet Claudette and Vibe Axis, Moose and Da Sharks, BB Queen, The Exceptions, Tickweasel, The Motor City Brass Band, WDIV Old Dogs. Marty has toured across Europe as Junior Walker with the All Star Band and is currently playing with Danny D & The Vagbonds, as well as Joe Smith & Me. Marty's own bands include Martini, Thikk, Doubletake and Cats in the Bag. Marty was also music coordinator and conductor for the stage play The Chosen. His Solo CD Fine In Time is currently experiencing a resurgence on college and Internet radio.
Welcome Vagabond musician Andrew Toering—lending his music education and talent to broaden the Vagabonds repertoire with guitar, keyboards and strings.
- Last Call (2013) Vagabond Records Find it on iTunes
- Still Got the Boy in Me (2012) Vagabond Records Find it on cdbaby
- Danny D (2009) Vagabond Records Find it on cdbaby
- One Sunny Day (2006) Vagabond Records Find it on cdbaby
- I Wanna Live In The Playboy Mansion (2014) Vagabond Record Listen here