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Judge for Danny Hamilton

Torrance, CA
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Portrait of Danny Hamilton
Born and raised in Torrance, California, Danny Hamilton was just a regular kid with a talent for drawing and painting, until he was hit head-on by a truck at age fourteen and was told that he may never walk again. While stuck in a wheelchair, Hamilton picked up a guitar and taught himself to play. He attended his 8th grade graduation in that wheelchair, and to the disbelief of family and doctors, showed up on the first day of high school walking on his own, only three months later! There he discovered classic rock and soon started writing his own music; mostly love songs to impress the girls. A few years later, a second tragedy hit Hamilton when his mother was tragically killed. It was this event that sparked the songs heard on Hamilton’s first album, Motherless Child, which he recorded at home at age 18. His second self-recorded album, Believe, is a sort of diary of the events that followed as Hamilton grieved and healed. His third album, an acoustic collection simply titled, Acoustic, has overtones of moving on and acceptance of his role and responsibility as an artist and songwriter. His latest release, Where Do I Fit In, is a celebration of life, being grateful for all of its experiences and blessings, and recognizing and appreciating all of the beauty in the world.

Nominated twice for "Male Singer Songwriter of the Year" and "Indie Album of the Year” by the Los Angeles Music Awards and for "Best Acoustic Artist” by the South Bay Music Awards, Hamilton has earned a coveted spot on Music Connection Magazine’s 2007 Hot 100 Unsigned Artists list. The band had a featured spot at the 2006 Inkslinger's Ball at Anaheim Stadium, and has rocked audiences at South By Southwest and numerous art & music festivals all over Southern California. Danny has been selected 3 times as a finalist in Country Music Television's "Music City Madness" yearly competition, and in 2009 made it all the way to 2nd place! CMT interviewed Danny and featured him on the show which aired in December 2009.