Daring Greatly, an independent, self-managed Heartland Rock & Soul band, known for its mesmerizing “blood harmonies,” is comprised of a father and his two sons, and a friend who formed in Calgary, Canada in 2015. This tight-knit group is influenced by the spiritual and soul-lifting sounds of 60’s and 70’s Rock music, combining simple lyrical and universal messages of truth, love, purpose, and connection—evident through their 2 albums, 'Cornerstones' (2016) and 'Works of Art' (2017). Their music has captivated audiences of all ages, across borders and boundaries, offering a plethora of stunningly soul-full original songs, as well as a broad repertoire of cover songs for a widely-entertaining, lively, and memorable performance. The band has gained plenty of experience, touring perpetually over the last 4 years; they have performed over 500 shows across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including their opening sets for Bon Jovi, The Doobies Brothers, The Struts and Buckcherry.
Dail Croome, 52, plays bass and his powerful vocals and raspy delivery are reminiscent of of legendary rockers Bob Seger and Don Henley. Liam Croome, 23, on Keys (B3 Organ/Piano) unleashing explosive solos and psychedelic textures while hosting a distinguished voice, calling to mind a young Burton Cummings. Patrick Croome, 25, writes and strums his heart out on the acoustic guitar while providing a smooth and soul-filled tone that resembles the likes of Eddie Vedder or John Mayor. The family blood harmonies; each with their own unique tone and defined vocal qualities, creates a magical vocal tapestry, like no other. Long-time family friend and drummer Brayden Tario, also 25, lays down the foundation for a dynamic song structure, enhancing the music with a tight, rhythmic pocket along with perfectly-inserted drum fills and emotional turns.
The story so far...
In the summer of 2015, the Croome brothers (Patch and Liam), their dad (Dail) together with their two best friends (Brayden and Brandon) headed to California to chase a dream. A really big dream. They took a huge risk-packed up what they needed, sold everything else and headed south. They quit all their jobs - sold everything they had and looked to start fresh in a new city. In a tiny trailer in the California sun, it started to come together.
They wrote and wrote—music and lyrics (and a few emails home). They wrote on the beach, in the sun, in a boat and in a smelly trailer. And they sang and kept singing. They sang in bars, and pubs, private homes, golf clubs and wineries. By 2016, they were dubbed “The hardest working band in San Diego” by Boogie Magazine.
It was there that the Daring Greatly sound came alive…
“The stars have all aligned; it’s time for you to shine.”
— 'Shine' Track No.1 on CORNERSTONES (2016)
In the spring of 2016, the band attempted they're own "crowdfunding" campaign to raise money for their first album. They pre-sold albums, private shows, T-Shirts, Etc and did countless 'live-stream' events on Facebook to gather interest from the likes of their fans.
The band released their first fully produced album June 25, 2016, titled CORNERSTONES which was distributed independently to iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and many other music platforms.
"The instant you put the CD in your stereo, you’re filled with their message. The uplifting notes of the strummed acoustic guitar and the chiming of the cymbals during the opening of ‘Shine’ sets your mind at ease and calms you down almost immediately. As you progress through the album you notice a correlation between the songs and their own personal journey…so not only are they living the story, you’re sharing in it with them. ‘Big Things Are Comin’’ celebrates the joy of hope along with the heartache of failure to achieve a goal but still maintains the bands core message of Daring Greatly It’s easy to get lost in the music, as they shift seamlessly between rhythms and patterns, and not realize the fabulous instrumentation these young men possess."
The next few months after the release, the band toured up and down the Pacific North West (Canada and United States). They formed a Steve Miller Tribute show as a side project, touring with former guitarist, Greg Douglass. The band gained tremendous experience playing on bigger stages and clubs/casinos during this time.
In February 2017, the band won an online video contest through Live Nation - they were selected out of 5,000 submissions - to open for Bon Jovi at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas - in front of 15,000 people. Their biggest gig to date.
In the spring of 2017, with new experiences and influences, the band had written new material and they were looking to start the recordings for their next album. They launched another fundraiser campaign to raise money to write, record and distribute the album. This was an on-going campaign for about 4 months in 2017, through May to August. Before they launched the campaign, however, they were able to start the recording process while they were based in Calgary, at the time. They had 'In The Distance', 'Won't Forget Your Love' and 'My Ecstasy' in the bag at MCC Recording Studio with Engineer, Johnny Gasparic - later mixed by Cedrick Courtois. 'In The Distance' was the first single they chose to launch this campaign.
A few months down the road, the band released “Works of Art” on October 14th - containing 10 brand new original songs - all thanks to some generous pledges to their campaign.
“The album opens with “Black and White” and subtle nods to Carlos Santana from lead guitarist Brandon Haddow – nothing overly hurried or rushed and a certain amount of restraint is displayed. This proves to be a recurring theme throughout. We’re served up something of a manifesto and something keeping completely in line with the Teddy Roosevelt speech when the band’s three vocalists, Dail, Patrick, and Liam Croome tell us:
‘Looking back on everything we’ve said and done
It’s never been a choice to run’
...the album’s second track, “Shotgun,” is another exercise is subtly and musical restraint – these guys aren’t interested in showing off, though they do possess the talent to do just that. It’s as if each member of the band, to a man, understands the value of the band as a whole, and that no one singular entity is bigger than that. These fellas are sticking to their guns and proudly carrying forward that Summer of Love mentality.”
- review by Jason Thompson The Ear Candy Update
Their goal is to continuously share the message of being fearless, free, and vulnerable - to 'step inside the ring' and to dare greatly. The message is simple, but the music is even more powerful than that. This 5 piece group gathers heavy influence from the 60's & 70's classic rock era.
“Their musicianship is incredible given their age, and their harmonies are as good as anyone I have ever heard. The industry has not heard an act like this for a very long time. I believe this talented group will be talked about in the same breath as the Eagles, and Crosby Stills Nash and Young- Seriously!”
— Dave Temple – MCC Studios (CCMA studio of the year 2013, 2014)
The real chemistry in this band comes from their competitive attitude from the sport of Hockey. Dail coached his sons Liam and Patrick for many years growing up. Brayden, Brandon, Patrick and Liam have all played against each other, at some point. In some cases, a couple of them have even been on the same team. Patrick and Brayden met at Central Memorial High School in 11th grade. They attended the National Sport Academy for hockey together and shared the same classes. Brayden and Brandon met in 2011 when they played Midjet AA for the Calgary Canucks. This competitive mindset within the band has allowed everyone in the band to continuously grow and raise the bar for the next person. You'll almost notice this 'tension' as soon as they walk on stage, because of the competitive roots through hockey.
The band has been together full time for nearly 3 years now, however, all members have been surrounded with music since they were the 'wee-little' age of 3.
There is so much love and respect for one another in this band. Everyone has a genius and a passion that they bring, that everyone is contributing in such a profound way that one of them missing would change everything! Their shared passion for music has definitely brought them closer, but they also know that because they have played hockey all their lives, they know how to be part of a team, to trust each other and that when every day isn’t their best, they need to pick each other up.
The band’s philosophy is to remain relevant, connected, and creative, to be able to continue to write and perform music that allows people to celebrate life, challenges people to be brave enough to be “free” and authentic, and creates a quiet and loving revolution that creates a shift in the way people live their lives, so that there is less focus on the empty materiality, and more focus on the things that we know truly provides fulfillment, such as deep connection, freedom, and a purpose greater than oneself.
The message is simple; be free, be courageous, and fall in love with as many things as possible. Step inside the arena, take a chance – dare greatly. Great music knows no time, and the 70’s Rock vibes are back! We want people to feel the love and the music the way we do. We want to connect and brighten peoples’ lives, through our music.