Dan Navarro

ImageImbued early in life with a love of music, art, drama, comedy and incisive writing, Dan Navarro has spent the past 30 years of his life working and playing as a singer, songwriter, recording and touring artist, voice actor and media activist. With his longtime partner Eric Lowen and other collaborators, he has composed songs for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (1984’s Top Five “We Belong”), The Bangles, Dionne Warwick, Dave Edmunds, The Triplets, the Temptations and Dutch superstar Marco Borsato. In the past year alone, “We Belong” has been the 2006 global advertising theme for Sheraton Hotels, in the films “Talladega Nights: The Story of Ricky Bobby” and “The Last Place On Earth”, TV shows “So You Think You Can Dance” and “The Office” and a recording by new artist Lynn Carey Saylor, with guitar and vocals contributed by Queen’s Brian May.

Recording and touring as Lowen & Navarro since 1990, Dan and Eric have released 10 albums on labels both major and indie, toured the country to over 1400 performances and been performed on many dozens of radio stations nationwide. In the early 90s, their albums “Walking on a Wire” and “Broken Moon” helped establish the nascent adult rock “Triple A” radio format, and their recent releases “All The Time In The World” and “Hogging The Covers” on their own Red Hen Records marque confirms their role as pioneers in the independent artist movement made viable by the Internet and other such New Media solutions.

Individually, Dan has flourished since 1988 as a session singer and voice actor in English and Spanish, including the recent #1 films “Happy Feet” and “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown”, “Robots” and “Man On Fire”; television shows “Studio 60”, “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, “Deal Or No Deal”, “Roswell”, “Felicity” and “American Family”; albums by Neil Young, Luis Miguel, Susanna Hoffs, Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias and Jon Anderson of Yes; and commercials for Toyota, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Coors, Folgers, Dodge, Nationwide Insurance, Shakey’s Pizza, Ross Dress For Less and countless others.

Dan’s tireless work in media activism and advocacy began in 1995 with his first lobbying visit to Capitol Hill on songwriter issues, and has led to his election to the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy (1999 – present), AFTRA’s National and LA Local Boards (2000 – present), the Folk Alliance Board (2006 – present) and is an Advisory Trustee to the ALS Association of Greater Los Angeles (2006 – present). He has lobbied Congress on six separate occasions advocating intellectual property protections for songwriters, fighting illegal downloading, supporting music education and in 2002, health care issues, and while co-chairing AFTRA’s Sound Recordings Contract negotiations with the then-five major labels, testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on webcast royalties for artists and songwriters. Since 2005 he has been a member of METal Men, a consortium of media, entertainment and technology thought leaders.

He is the single father of a 10-year-old son, Joseph, and is the proud owner of three Martin guitars.