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Dante Harmon

Dante Lamont Harmon is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and writer. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 23, 1974. As an extremely dynamic and innovative musician, he is well versed on drums, piano, organ, guitar, bass guitar, and the lap and pedal steel guitars.

Harmon received his first taste of musical performance at the tender age of seven years old playing the drums. Being so skillful at this age, he began accompanying musicians at “The House of God Church”. His late grandmother, Julia Shaw always recognized his musical aptitude, which later encouraged her to purchase his first steel guitar. His grandmother’s support inspired Dante at fourteen to embark on mastering the Double Necked black Gibson steel guitar. Consequently, it did not take much time before Harmon sought to expand his understanding of music theory. Soon thereafter, he began learning an additional instrument, the piano while continuing to develop his skills and passion for the steel guitar.

Although a multi-instrumentalist, the music that Harmon most frequently plays is on the steel guitar which has come to be known as “Sacred Steel”. This is a genre of music that is compared to both Blues and Jazz, but it originated from the Pentecostal church, particularly the House of God Churches. Bob Townsend of the Atlanta Journal Constitution expresses in his article of Harmon and his performance of this Sacred Steel, “Harmon works his steel into a frenzy of fast-picking arpeggios punctuated by wild wails [. . .] but always the soul-deep strings of gospel come through.” After witnessing Harmon’s gifted hands, he was notated as “the minister of sacred steel” by Bo Emerson of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

This Virtuoso has served as a pianist and organist for Jasper Williams Jr., embraced the stage as a steel guitarist, pianist and drummer for artists such as Robert Randolph, The Lee Boys, Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent, Oteil Burbridge and the Peacemakers, Dottie Peoples, Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., Nikki Ross, Shea Simpson, and William Murphy. He performed in 1999 for Governor Roy Barnes at the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta, GA and has been featured as an Arhoolie Recording Artist on “Train Don't Leave Me” (Live, 2000) and “Sacred Steel Convention” (Live, 2002). He has received notable reviews by USA Today, The New York Times, Big City Blues, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Gwinnett Daily Post. He performs locally at The Atlanta Blues Festival, Dogwood Festival, Variety Playhouse, and Smith's Olde Bar, in Atlanta, GA, where he currently resides.

The ’maestro’, a named penned by close peers and relatives of Dante’s, takes his influence from the likes of Anthony Harmon, Maurice 'Ted' Beard, Darick Campbell, Charles ‘Chuck’ Campbell, Ronnie Mozee, Lorenzo Harrison, Calvin Cooke, Henry Nelson, Glenn Lee, who are some of the legends of “Sacred Steel.” In the gospel and secular arenas, Prince, Kevin Bond, John P. Kee, James Poysner, Israel Houghton, Melvin Crispell, Miche Waller, and Gerald Heyward are Dante’s favorites. When asked what he hopes to accomplish through his music, Harmon responds, “To effectively change, motivate, and heal people throughout our community and around the world through music.” Dante quotes “The best anything you can be is becoming the best you.”