Dan Reynolds (musician)

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Dan Reynolds
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Reynolds performing in 2013
Background information
Birth name Daniel Coulter Reynolds
Born (1987-07-14) July 14, 1987 (age 29)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation(s) Musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • drums
  • percussion
Years active 2008–present
Labels Interscope
Associated acts Imagine Dragons, Egyptian
Website imaginedragonsmusic.com

Daniel Coulter "Dan" Reynolds (born July 14, 1987) is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is the lead vocalist for the rock band Imagine Dragons. Reynolds also released an EP in 2011, titled Egyptian - EP,[1] as a duo with Aja Volkman of Nico Vega under the moniker Egyptian.[2] He is a recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Reynolds, seventh of nine children was born on July 14, 1987 in Las Vegas, the son of Christene M. (born Callister) and Ronald Reynolds, a lawyer and author.[5] Both are natives of Nevada, while Reynolds is a 4th generation Nevadan.[6] As a Boy Scout, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2005.[7][8] Reynolds is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he was 19 years old, he volunteered full-time as a missionary in Nebraska for two years.[9][10][11][12] Reynolds wrote the song "I Bet My Life" celebrating and reflecting on his enduring relationship with his parents.[13] He attended Brigham Young University where he studied communications, marketing, and music and excelled academically before leaving to pursue music full-time.[14]


Imagine Dragons (2008–present)[edit]

Reynolds was initially reluctant to become a professional musician, partially because future bandmate Wayne Sermon had once told him: "Don't do music because you want to do music - do music if you have to do music".[15] After he began attending Brigham Young University, Reynolds found that he could not "do anything else" and committed fully to a professional music career. In Utah, Reynolds met and recruited drummer Andrew Tolman to form Imagine Dragons.[16] With Reynolds as lead vocalist, Imagine Dragons won BYU's "Battle of the Bands" and other local competitions.[17] Bassist Ben McKee joined the band in Las Vegas and invited Daniel Platzman, also a friend of Wayne's from Berklee College of Music, to play drums, thus completing the group's current lineup. The band relocated to Las Vegas, where they began performing almost nightly as a lounge act.[9][18][19] It was there in 2010 that they caught their first big break when Train's frontman fell sick just prior to the Bite of Las Vegas Festival. Imagine Dragons were called to fill in for them and performed in front of a crowd of more than 26,000 people.[20] In November 2011, they signed with Interscope Records and began working with Grammy award winning producer Alex da Kid.[21]

Imagine Dragons released their debut studio album Night Visions on September 4, 2012. The album was preceded by their first single "It's Time," released on August 18, 2012. Night Visions charted in the top ten albums in the U.S. in 2012, 2013, and 2014.[22] It won a Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album and was nominated for a Juno Award for International Album of the Year.[23] Second single "Radioactive" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Radioactive" also set the all-time record for the longest reign at the top of the Billboard Rock Songs chart, with 23 consecutive weeks and the all-time record for longest run on the Billboard Hot 100, with 87 weeks.[24] Rolling Stone called it "the biggest rock hit of the year".[25][26] It is the best-selling rock song in digital history with sales of more than 7.5 million copies in the United States and was certified diamond by the RIAA.[27][28] Third single "Demons" reached #6 Billboard Hot 100 and is the eighth best-selling rock song in digital history with sales in excess of 5 million copies in the United States. Imagine Dragons were nominated in two Grammy Award categories including Record of the Year but won only Best Rock Performance. They also won two AMAs for Favorite Alternative Artist, a Teen Choice Award for Choice Rock Group, a World Music Award for World's Best Rock Act, and a Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Artist. Imagine Dragons made their major festival headlining debut at Made In America Music Festival (2014) and also drew large crowds and positive reviews at festivals such as Lollapalooza Brazil (2014).[29][30]

Imagine Dragons released their second album Smoke + Mirrors in February 2015. Smoke + Mirrors debuted atop the Billboard 200, UK Albums Chart, and Canadian Albums Chart.[31][32] It features singles "I Bet My Life" and "Shots" both of which have charted on the Billboard Hot 100.[33][34]

Egyptian (2010)[edit]

Invited to perform an opening set for Nico Vega, Reynolds met Aja Volkman, the group's lead singer, in 2010. He invited her to help him finish some demos he was working on.[35][36][37][38] The two began a collaborative process which they titled Egyptian.[36] They recorded, produced, and released independently a four track eponymous EP digitally.[39][40] They have performed this material only once live.

X Ambassadors (2013)[edit]

In 2013, Dan discovered then unsigned alternative band X Ambassadors. After connecting with the band, he brokered a record deal for them with KidinaKorner/Interscope Records.[41] Dan co-wrote a few songs on their debut album VHS, which has gone on to achieve Gold certification by the RIAA.[42]

Night Street Records (2016-present)[edit]

In 2016, Dan formed Night Street Records, an imprint label under Interscope Records. His first signing was alternative hip-hop artist K.Flay.[43] Kristine's (K.Flay) debut single "Blood in the Cut" reached #3 on modern rock radio, and her debut album "Every Where Is Some Where" was released on April 7, 2017.[44]

Personal life[edit]

On March 5, 2011, Reynolds married Aja Volkman. The two have three daughters; Arrow Eve Reynolds, who was born on August 8, 2012, and twin girls Gia James and Coco Rae Reynolds, who were born on March 28, 2017. Reynolds suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, and in 2016 partnered with Novartis's ThisASLife to raise awareness about the severe inflammatory disease.[citation needed]


Year Song(s) Artist Album Role
2011 All Tracks Egyptian Egyptian - EP Co-writer, producer, performer[45]
2013 "Stranger", "Fear" X Ambassadors Love Songs Drug Songs, VHS Co-writer, producer[46]
"Heart Upon My Sleeve" Avicii True Vocals (on an alternative version of the song that was not put onto the album)[47]
2014 "Nothing Quite Like Home" G. Love & Special Sauce featuring Ben Harper Sugar Co-writer[48][49]
"I Believe (Get Over Yourself)"
"I'm On Fire"
Nico Vega Lead To Light Co-writer, producer[50][51]
2016 "Someone Else" Steve Angello Wild Youth Vocals[52]
"Hands" Various Artists for Orlando N/A Vocals[53]
"Last Day Alive" The Chainsmokers featuring Florida Georgia Line Memories...Do Not Open Co-writer[54]


Year Title Role
2015 A History of Radness Older Jack (Narrator)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Songwriters Hall of Fame[edit]


Since 2013, Imagine Dragons along with the family of Tyler Robinson have supported The Tyler Robinson Foundation, helping young people battling cancer.[55][56] Imagine Dragons have also partnered with Do The Write Thing: National Campaign to Stop Violence,[57] Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home",[58] OneOrlando Fund's "All Is One Orlando Unity Concert",[59] and Crackle's "Playing It Forward" (S1 E2).[60] In 2015, Imagine Dragons released track "I Was Me" with all proceeds going to the One4 project to help fleeing refugees, particularly in the Middle East.[61]

See also[edit]


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