fresh.  thoughtful.  honest.  smart.  real.*
*and stick-in-your-head catchy.

Classically-trained St. Louis native Dan Schaefer was voluntarily transplanted to Nashville in the mid-‘90s, and a hook-heavy, soulful pop writing style was treated to an infusion of folk, country and Americana influences. His songs have been cut by independent artists including Mark Hatt, Cindy Standage and Kathy Hussey; production credits include his own catalog and the Alan Oatley EP This is Not an Apology. He can often be found playing tunes at random watering holes in Nashville and elsewhere, sometimes as part of Music City's acclaimed writing and performing consortium The Variety Pack. He’s hit the circuit as a finalist at festivals including the Gum Tree Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi, and the Riverbluff Acoustic Music Festival in Ashland City, Tennessee.  "One of Nashville's top 30 pop artists."--Reverb Nation, September 2013.


 The new CD.  Available now.

Plans is a concept album documenting one man's journey from the wrong life to the right one.  The songs
were composed during the final year of an epic battle between two possible futures, then recorded
in a one-week explosion of victory once the war was won.  Raw, deep, thoughtful, inspirational...
the new record personifies life's obstacles and details a sometimes-calm, sometimes-manic course
over and past them, from darkness and fear into enlightened peace.  The highly personal becomes
accessible and universal in a mature pop song-set that could be about a midlife crisis, a massive breakup,
or any number of other major upheavals...and may be about any or all of the above, depending on
the perspective of the listener and his or her own point of reference.  If Adele and Sam Smith had their
genetic material combined and the resulting human's climb to the top of the world's tallest mountain
to enjoy the most beautiful view imaginable became a documentary film, the soundtrack might end up
sounding a lot like...Plans.

If you're in the mood, click here to check out the new release Plans and all other Dan Schaefer titles via CD Baby.

Also available at iTunes, Amazon, and other online and traditional retailers worldwide.

the catalog.


                         separate vacations (2005)                         so romantic (2007)                                  wild ideas (2010)                  where the days are golden (2012)           pure life (2013)
                               the 2005 dance-influenced side-project.                         nashville independent music (nim)                                radio-friendly and from the heart.                   walls-down, thoughtful and thought-provoking               pure globally-inspired,
                     brooding, intellectual, philosophical examinations               organization's 2007 album of the year.                         country-flavored pop tunes inspired by                pop vignettes of longing, loss, and uplifting                    classically-influenced
                             of creativity vs. commerce, politics and life                  shamelessly emotional, hook-laden pop                                 life, love and open natural                               redemption.  a musically-satisfying dive           pop/soul/country/folk/americana
                               choices, heavily influenced by red wine.                                           tastiness.                                                                         spaces.                                                           beneath the surface.                                               bliss

                              "clean house"                                           "you move me"                                             "tin roof rain"                                       "life on earth"                                         "freeze"
                             from separate vacations                                     from so romantic                                             from wild ideas                                from where the days are golden                                from pure life

hear more.

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cd baby - discs and downloads
itunes - downloads

also available at itunes europe, amazon, yahoo, and other select online and traditional retailers.


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