Member Spotlight - Dan Reynolds
Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds (born July 14, 1987) is an American musician, songwriter, and guitarist. he is famous as frontman of the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons. He has also released an EP titled Egyptian - EP as a duo with Aja Volkman (of Nico Vega) under the moniker Egyptian. He is also a recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.
Imagine Dragons (2008–present)
Reynolds was reluctant to become a professional musician partially because his bandmate Wayne Sermon told him, "Don't do music because you want to do music-do music if you have to do music." After beginning school at Brigham Young University, Reynolds found that he could not "do anything else" and committed fully to a professional music career. In Utah, Reynolds met and recruited Wayne Sermon and drummer Andrew Tolman to form Imagine Dragons. With Reynolds singing lead, Imagine Dragons won BYU's "Battle of the Bands" and other local competitions. Bassist Ben McKee joined the band in Las Vegas and drummer Daniel Platzman, also a friend of Wayne's from Berklee College of Music, finalized the group. The band relocated to Las Vegas performing and honing their craft nearly nightly as a lounge act. There they caught their first big break when Train's frontman fell sick just prior to the Bite of Las Vegas Festival 2010. Imagine Dragons were called to fill in and performed to a crowd of more than 26,000 people. In November 2011, they signed with Interscope Records and began working with Grammy award winning producer Alex da Kid.
Imagine Dragons released debut album Night Visions and their first single "It's Time" in September 2012. Night Visions charted in the top ten albums in the U.S. in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It won a Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album and was nominated for a Juno Award for International Album of the Year. Second single "Radioactive" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Radioactive" also set the all-time record for the longest reign at the top of the Billboard Rock Songs chart, with 23 consecutive weeks and the all-time record for longest run on the Billboard Hot 100, with 87 weeks. Rolling Stone called it "the biggest rock hit of the year". It is the best-selling rock song in digital history with sales of more than 7.5 million copies in the United States and was certified diamond by the RIAA. Third single "Demons" reached #6 Billboard Hot 100 and is the eighth best-selling rock song in digital history with sales in excess of 5 million copies in the United States. Imagine Dragons were nominated in two Grammy Award categories including Record of the Year but won only Best Rock Performance. They also won two AMAs for Favorite Alternative Artist, a Teen Choice Award for Choice Rock Group, a World Music Award for World's Best Rock Act, and a Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Artist. Imagine Dragons made their major festival headlining debut at Made In America Music Festival (2014) and also drew large crowds and positive reviews at festivals such as Lollapalooza Brazil (2014).
Imagine Dragons released their second album Smoke + Mirrors in February 2015. Smoke + Mirrors debuted atop the Billboard 200, UK Albums Chart, and Canadian Albums Chart. It features singles "I Bet My Life" and "Shots" both of which have charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
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