Born in Stockton, California, Daniel began his musical studies at age six studying the art of drumming with an emphasis on reading. He quickly excelled through the music programs of grammar school, Jr. High and high schools while refining his technical abilities through his involvement with award-winning Drum & Bugle Corps.
After receiving an A.A. Degree in Music, Daniel moved to Los Angeles. There he perfected his drumming skills by studying with acclaimed performers/instructors Luis Conte, David Garibaldi, Freddie Gruber and world-renowned instructor of orchestral snare drum technique: Murray Spivack.
Having supplied the backbone to the Gladys Knight organization for eight years, a small portion of Daniel's past performances with other artists include: Tommy Tu Tone, Jeffery Osborne, Shanice, David Hasselhoff, Phil Upchurch, Dion Warwick, Marilyn McCoo, Barbara Morrison, Diane Schuur, Ernie Andrews, Mavis Staples, Kevin Toney, Brownstone, For Real, Vikki Carr, Herb Alpert and the late, Nell Carter. Daniel is currently on tour with Kenny G.
Daniel's discography includes recordings with JVC recording artist Roger Smith, The Stanley Clark/George Duke Project, Latin recording artists Marisela, Homero and Manoella Torres as well as Motown/Tabu recording artist Identity Crisis. He has recorded station breaks for N.B.C. and ESPN, jingles for K-Mart, Target, Mervyn's, and L.A.'s spanish radio KLVE. He has also recorded theme music for the CBS television series "Four Corners" and "The New Joker's Wild," promos for "The Grinch" and the "Golden Girls Reunion," bumpers and theme music for the Lifetime Original Television Series "Head 2 Toe," featured music on Lifetimes' "Comfort & Joy" as well as the soundtrack to "John Glenn: An American Hero" for PBS.
Television performances include: "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, "The Roseanne Show," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "Soul Train," "The Soul Train Music Awards," Sinbad's "HBO Summer Jam," "The Pat Sajack Show," NBC's "Today Show," MTV's "Road Rules," "AMC In Concert" for the American Movie Channel, "Life Goes On" for CBS, "In Performance at the White House" for PBS and "La Movida" and "The Johnny Cannales Show" for Latin America's "Galavision."