Daniel Gauthier was born on April 2, 1959, in Senneterre, Abitibi.
He began his musical journey in 1973 when he joined a local band called L’Odyssée. Only three years later, when he was just seventeen, his first professionnal contract convinced him to leave his hometown for Sherbrooke, to join the songwriter Stephen Faulkner who was working on his first solo album. Daniel immediately connected with the beauty of the Eastern Townships and decided to stay there to collaborate on several regional cultural projects.
In 1997, after 24 years of work, he finally launched his first solo album: En ce jour et pour toujours. Originally considered strictly as a demo, Daniel used this album to introduce his musical universe and to present his multi-instrumentalist approach to the music industry. Even as a demo album, the many positive reviews of his work confirmed that Daniel was on the right path.
Three years later, in April 2000, Daniel released his second album, Above the Storm.
This album was acclaimed by reviewers from all around the world, many of whom didn’t hesitate to call this work “a masterpiece”… Powerful praise for an independently produced album.
It took five more years before Daniel made a come back on CD.
In April 2005, he released a limited edition CD/DVD of a live performance of the title song The Wish. The beautiful art layout and the power and energy of the music both confirmed that the album The Wish would be very promising.
Finally, November 2008 marked the release date of The Wish (the album).
Daniel Gauthier chose to create the album as a “one man project”, which made the album a quite impressive undertaking.
Gauthier’s musical universe is clearly rooted in the progressive movement created by the biggest groups of the late 70’s, but, the “dg” style has a definite presence in his work.
In 2012, Daniel released an "Unclassifiable" album named Parentheses.
As its name suggests, this album recounts 45 years of diverse creations and collaborations going in all directions. Soft jazz, folk, blues and even humorous country are invited to the content of this engaging and destabilizing disc.
Gauthier only wanted to offer these pieces their legitimate place in the collective memory. "I gave myself this brief and touching parenthesis," he said in a radio interview.
As for 2020, two new projects are on the drawing board. Someone will feature new material with a soft progressive acoustic flavor. This album should be planing and very sophisticated in terms of arrangements. The one man project approach will be maintained, but some scores by guest musicians could be found there. In addition, the second album project entitled Altitude 16425 will offer a French concept album. Once again, the progressive style peculiar to Gauthier will be the cornerstone of the pieces that will compose it.
To be continued...
© Daniel Gauthier 2020