Hailed by critics and fans alike as one of the most versatile singer s of his time, vocalist Danny Beissel is just as comfortable singing his original songs that he wrote with rock band Fosterchild as he is belting out the lyrics to the iconic Long Train Running with The American Vinyl All Star Band ( featuring Jeff “Skunk” Baxter from Steely Dan /Doobie Brothers; Barry Goudreau and Fran Sheehan formerly of Boston; Leroy Romans of The Wailers and Robe rt “Mousey” Thompson of the James Brown Band ).
Yet to Beissel, who has always been something of a chameleon, changing careers from an actor to a singer in the early 1990s, his wide vocal range is just one more reflection of the complexities that make up t he multi - faceted artist.
Inspired by Elvis Presley at an early age, Beissel started his musical journey fronting The Elvis Experience, a band dedicated to preserving the integrity of “The King” himself through music rather than thea trical stage performances. In doing so, Beissel not only earned the respect of Elvis fans but also of acclaimed musicians including Brian Quinn, who’s current band Octane was holding steady as Philadelphia’s number one rock band with two singles in top rotation at Philadelphia rock station WYSP.
Quinn and Beissel quickly began writing together and once former FUEL drummer Kevin Miller and Tantric bassist Erik Leonhardt joined, Fosterchild was born. It wasn’t long after announcing their formation that label s came calling and Beissel and the band found themselves signed with Warner Brother’s ILG in less than a year and on the road touring with the biggest names in rock n’ roll , including Shinedown, Buckcherry, Zakk Wylde and more . The group became so popular, in fact, that it was asked to travel to Guantanamo Bay to perform for the U.S. troops stationed there for a special New Year’s Eve show. A moment that Beissel recalls as “one of the most important and most memorable” of his career.
After years of touring , Fosterchild eventually took a break and while back home in Philadelphia, Beissel was approached by American Vinyl All Star Band Manager Bill Johnson to front the super group. A fan himself of the “all stars,” Beissel immediately accepted the offer and beg an performing at sold - out shows across the country, receiving critical acclaim with each and every performance.