Steven Daniels is a gospel music songwriter, producer, and recording artist. He developed a strong passion for gospel music in his hometown of West Point, Mississippi. His father, Rev. Steve Daniels, Jr., introduced him to quartet music at the tender age of five, where Steven often emulated the band members by using an afro pick to play the guitar. After his father was called into the ministry, Steven’s passion for music grew into much more than playing an afro pick. It lead to him learning to play the piano and organ.
In 1991, Steven relocated to St. Paul, Minnesota by following his father’s calling to pastor Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. He was appointed Minister of Music in 1994 and the music ministry has flourished incessantly both musically and spiritually.
Steven’s writing career began in 1999 during the annual Christmas concert, in which the gospel choir performed two of his original writings. The songs and overwhelming display of talent were the precursor to the choir’s first live recording that took place in May of 2000. The album, entitled Live in St. Paul, was produced and written by Steven. It was a huge local success and served as a catalyst for the next self-titled project, Steven Daniels and Shiloh Gospel Choir. This album was a remake of their previous live recording and had a few additional songs. Steven Daniels and Shiloh Gospel Choir was blessed to receive substantial radio air play and led to Steven’s first opportunity of writing for a national artist. The Mississippi Mass Choir recorded his song, “God Is Keeping Me,” in 2004 and released it on their album, Not By Might Nor By Power in 2005. To date, “God Is Keeping Me” has been and continues to be a radio and concert hit.
In 2004, Steven started a record label called Xcentric Records. His first release from the upstart label was his third album, featuring his church choir, entitled God Is Real. From that release, he received his second opportunity of writing for a national artist. In 2007, the Chicago Mass Choir recorded and released his song, “He’s Alright” on their album, Just Having Church. In 2008, Xcentric Recoreds released its second project. The album, God Is Everything, fits into the quartet genre and features his father, Rev. Steve Daniels, Jr, as the artist.
In 2016, after a 8-year hiatus from releasing new music and under the leadership of Steven, Xcentric Records released its third and most recent project entitled iBELIEVE. This project features the label's long time artist, Steven Daniels & Shiloh Gospel Choir, and it was well worth the wait! iBELIEVE takes its listeners on a journey that revives the trifecta – the mind, body and spirit.
The title track ‘iBELIEVE’ is a fun, catchy track that encourages you to chant, “I’m a believer” and is sure to be a favorite among your little ones. ‘It Will Get Better’ sends an encouraging message to persevere despite the valleys of life because “God’s gonna turn it around.” While ‘Nearer’ and ‘Thirsty’ are contemporary songs that will inspire listeners to have a more intimate relationship with Christ. However, Steven Daniels & Shiloh Gospel Choir, takes us back to their southern, foot-stomping roots with tunes like ‘Home in Zion’ and ‘He’ll Work it Out’ featuring Marva McKinley of The Mississippi Mass Choir.
Steven Daniels, the writer and producer of iBELIEVE, has delivered a project to satisfy the desires of various musical palates and promises to leave you longing for more...more...and more. The passion that Steven has for music resonates in all of his songs. But most importantly, Steven’s love for Christ is what keeps the fire blazing in his heart as his ultimate passion is to inspire and save souls one song at a time.