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 and most recent project. The album, God Is Everything, fits into the quartet genre and features his father, Rev. Steve Daniels, Jr.
Steven is currently working on three projects: 1) He is co-writing and producing a song for a local artist, 2) He is working on a compilation album featuring his church choir, and 3) He has started the production of his first solo album. Two of these projects are slated to be released in June of 2013. 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.