Christian Artists To Know: Danielson

Danielson, Danielson Famile, Tri-Danielson, Br. Danielson
Genre: Rock
Styles: Indie, Avant garde, Experimental
Location: Clarksboro, NJ
Label: Secretly Canadian / Sounds Familyre
Myspace :
Christian label: yes
Category: The Message whats this?

When your “cool friends” mock Christian Music as derivative and bland, drop a Danielson CD (one of their two latest Ships or Trying Hartz) into the player.  When debate of innovative indie bands turns to Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene, drag everyone to a Danielson show. Since 1994, Daniel Smith and his ever evolving collection of bands and projects- Danielson, Danielson Famile, Tri-Danielson , Br. Danielson, has been creating challenging, enthralling, enlightening indie music.

Danielson began as Daniel Smith’s art school project. He received an “A” and we received over a decade of innovative, entertaining music proclaiming the glory of life with Christ. The original project is still available and some of the videos are on YouTube. Daniel asked his musical family to join him and that beget Danielson Famile and Tri-Danielson.

In 2006, Danielson relased a breakthrough recording “Ships” which made just about everyone’s list of best releases. They recently released Trying Hartz which is a must have sampling of the first ten years of Danielson, Danielson Famile, Tri-Danielson and Br.Danielson. It does a great job of introducing you to maybe the most inventive Christian music around. The third leg of your journey into Danielson world is to watch the DVD  “Danielson:A Family Movie (or. Make A Joyful Noise, HERE)”.
Danielson is more than a recording act, it is performance art. In the past they have sported hand-made, old-fashioned doctors’ and nurses’ uniforms while performing, a “visual reminder of the healing taking place.” I saw Daniel perform wearing a nine-foot tall, hand-made fruit tree to remind us to “bear the good fruit.” Danielson toured in 2006 sporting hand-made uniforms inspired by the drawings and colors from the “Ships” artwork. All of their uniforms bear their hearts on the sleeve. Props are an integral part their performances as well, but rather than describe them I will just show you:


Daniel Smith is a true artist. He has a clear mission and a unique aesthetic. I have carried with me the discussion Daniel had with a DJ, in the movie, regarding the name Danielson and how it reflected his life as a son of God. I will let you watch it on the DVD mentioned above, but, for me, it was beautiful description of believing and submitting without preaching. For anyone seeking a full palette of music, Christian or not, you must include Danielson.

You can get Danielson’s vast library of songs digitally on Danielson

You can also get their CDs on Amazon: Prayer for Every Hour(1994), Tell Another Joke at the Ol’ Choppin’ Block(1997), Tri-Danielson!!! (Alpha/Omega)(1998-1999), Fetch the Compass Kids(2001), Brother Is to Son(2004), Ships(2006), Trying Hartz(2008), Our Givest(2008)

Let us know what you think of your adventures into the world of Danielson.


  1. Alex O. says:

    Wow. What a great sound. I love it!

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