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Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds is the front man of Imagine Dragons. He has also released an EP titled Egyptian as a duo with the band Nico Vega's lead singer Aja Volkman under the moniker Egyptian.

Early LifeEdit

Reynolds, seventh of nine children, was born on July 14, 1987 in Las Vegas to Ronald and Christene Reynolds. Both are natives of Nevada, and Dan is a 4th generation Nevadan. When Reynolds was 19 years old he volunteered full-time as a Mormon missionary in Nebraska for two years.

CareerEdit

Imagine Dragons (2008–present) Edit

Reynolds was reluctant to become a professional musician, partly because of what future band member Wayne Sermon told him: "Don't do music because you want to do music--do music because you can't do anything else." After beginning school at Brigham Young University, Reynolds felt like no other career choice fit, so he finally decided to fully commit to a career in the music industry. In Utah, Reynolds met and recruited the first Imagine Dragons members: guitarist Andrew Beck, keyboardist and violinist Aurora Florence, bassist Dave Lemke, and drummer Andrew Tolman. They recorded a few demos, some of which made it onto an unofficial EP. Reynolds and his management consider this a completely different band, although only two of the original members left before their first official EP, Imagine Dragons, was recorded. Sometime between late 2008 and early 2009, Florence and Beck left the band, leading to keyboardist Brittany Tolman and guitarist Wayne Sermon were recruited.

They performed at a talent show in 2009 a few months before their first EP was released [1]. Lemke left the band soon after, and bassist Ben McKee was probably recruited sometime after the show, as he attended the talent show. They relocated to Las Vegas and then released their first EP, Imagine Dragons, in September 2009. They later released their second EP, Hell and Silence, in June 2010.

With Reynolds singing lead, Imagine Dragons won BYU’s "Battle of the Bands" and other local competitions. After relocating to Las Vegas, 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. Local accolades including "Best CD of 2011" (Las Vegas SEVEN Magazine), "Best Local Indie Band 2010" (Las Vegas Weekly), "Las Vegas' Newest Must See Live Act" (Las Vegas CityLife), Vegas Music Summit Headliner 2010, and more sent the band on a positive trajectory. They released their third EP, It's Time, in 2011.

In late 2011, Andrew and Brittany Tolman left the band to settle down as a family. They then recruited drummer Daniel Platzman, also a friend of Wayne's from Berklee College of Music, and keyboardist Theresa Flaminio. In November 2011 they signed with Interscope Records and began working with GRAMMY award winning producer Alex da Kid. They recorded another EP, Continued Silence, and released it in 2012. They were beginning the process of recording songs for their first album when Flaminio left the band, finalizing their lineup.

Their debut album Night Visions brought the band mainstream success and made the highest debut for a new rock band in six years (since 2006). It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and United Kingdom Albums charts and is certified platinum in the USA, CAN, POR, and UK. It is certified gold in AUS, AUT, NZ, PHI, SWE, SWI, and NOR. Single "It's Time" became the band's first single reaching #15 Billboard Hot 100 and holds the 2012 record for most weeks on the top 10 alternative charts with 32 consecutive weeks. Second single "Radioactive" reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative songs chart, Billboard Rock songs chart, Swedish Singles chart, and #3 Billboard Hot 100. It set the all-time record for the longest reign at the top of the Billboard Rock Songs chart, with 23 weeks and counting. Rolling Stone called it "the biggest rock hit of the year". It is the seventh best-selling rock song in digital history with sales of more than 5 million copies in the United States. Three singles from the album have charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (all three reached the Alternative Songs Top Five), three singles have charted on the ARIA Top 50 and four singles have charted on the UK Top 40. The first two singles were each nominated for MTV Video Music Awards in the "Best Rock Video" category. Songs from the album have charted in the top ten singles in seventeen countries including United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland. MTV chose the band as its MTV Push Artist both in the USA and internationally. Billboard Magazine has listed the band as one of "2012's Brightest New Stars", "The Breakthrough Act of 2013", and featured the band on its cover with the headline "Year of the Dragons" in July 2013. Reynolds was invited to perform "Jumper" with Third Eye Blind at a concert in 2012.

Egyptian (2010)Edit

Reynolds was invited by Nico Vega's lead singer Aja Volkman to perform an opening set in 2010 He then invited her to help him finish some demos he was working on. The two began a collaborative process which they titled Egyptian. They independently recorded, produced, and released a four track self-titled EP digitally. They have only performed this material live once at the M Resort in Las Vegas.

X Ambassadors Edit

Reynolds discovered alternative band X Ambassadors, and brokered a record deal for them with KidinaKorner/Interscope Records, as well as co-writing a few songs on their debut album VHS.

Night Street Records and LOVELOUD (2016–present) Edit

Reynolds formed an imprint label under Interscope Records titled Night Street Records. He then signed alternative hip-hop artist K.Flay.

In 2017, he organized the charity concert LOVELOUD, created to encourage acceptance of LGBTQ+ youth and fight teen suicide. The first concert was held on August 26, 2017 in Orem, Utah. The concert's profits were donated to various LGBTQ+ organizations, including The Trevor Project and GLAAD. Performing acts included Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Joshua James, and Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon. [2] The second LOVELOUD concert was announced on April 2, 2018, and will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 28, 2018. The 2018 lineup consists of Imagine Dragons, Zedd, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Grace VanderWaal, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Vagabon, A.W., and Cameron Esposito.[4]

Personal Edit

Reynolds married Aja Volkman on March 5th, 2011, and have three children: Arrow Eve, who was born on August 8, 2012, and twins Gia James and Coco Rae, who were born on March 28, 2017. They announced in April 2018 that they had split after just over 7 years of marriage. Reynolds tweeted on April 26, 2018 that "after 7 beautiful years together, Aja and I's marriage has come to an end.  Our children continue to be the most important thing in our lives, & we will continue to co-parent them with all our love." [3]

DiscographyEdit

Imagine Dragons

Egyptian