Jazz piano/modern hymn text writing – 2017
Dan Damon is an internationally published writer of hymn texts and tunes and a teacher of church music at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. The pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Richmond, California, and a long-time piano soloist, Dan plays the blues in San Francisco Bay Area clubs on Saturday nights and gospel on Sunday mornings.
Dan is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, Associate Editor of Hymnody for Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Illinois, and a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. His works have appeared in many denominational hymnals, and have been recorded by various artists over the years. In 2005, Dan released an album of selected original hymns. He has also recorded traditional gospel as well as popular music from the thirties and forties.
Dan is married to Eileen M. Johnson, an accomplished church musician, currently serving as Music Director at El Sobrante United Methodist Church, California. Eileen also assists Dan in presenting his hymns at concerts and workshops.