Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds is the front man of Imagine Dragons. He has also released an EP titled Egyptian as a duo with his wife Aja Volkman, who is also the lead singer for the band Nico Vega, under the moniker Egyptian.
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.
Reynolds was reluctant to become a professional musician partially because of something that 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 found that nothing else felt like the right career for him, so he finally decided to fully commit to a career in the music industry. 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, where 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. In November 2011 they signed with Interscope Records and began working with GRAMMY award winning producer Alex da Kid.
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.
Invited to perform an opening set for Nico Vega, Reynolds met Aja Volkman, the lead singer of Nico Vega, in 2010. He invited her to help him finish some demos he was working on. The two began a collaborative process which they titled Egyptian. They recorded, produced, and released independently a four track eponymous EP digitally. They later then got married on March 5th, 2011, and have a daughter, Arrow. They have performed this material once at the M Resort in Las Vegas.
- Egyptian - (self-released, 2011)