Chris Daniels has been named the Executive Director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the CMHoF in 2013 and now will help guide it forward and help preserve Colorado’s music heritage. Congratulations Chris!
Chris Daniels, Musician With Deep Boulder Roots, Named Executive Director of Colorado Music Hall of Fame
One of Boulder’s iconic musicians has gone from being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame to taking the organization’s helm.
Chris Daniels, leader of the long-running Chris Daniels & The Kings and a member of one of Colorado’s first jam bands ( the Boulder-born Magic Music), has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, succeeding G. Brown.
Daniels moved to Colorado from Minnesota in 1970 and, aside from a couple years out of state for college, has been active in the music scene since.
“We look forward to working with our multi-talented friend on community outreach efforts, music-related matters and the day-to-day operations that keep the hall running successfully,” founding chairman Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, said in a news release.
Morris said he’s been a “huge fan” of Daniels since the 1970s, when Magic Music regularly would perform at The Sink and now-defunct Tulagi on Boulder’s University Hill.
In May 1984, Daniels formed his R&B horn band with The Kings as a “one-night party” in Boulder, according to his bio on the Hall of Fame site. The band, now in its 34th year, released its 15th album, Blues With Horns, last year.
In 2012, Daniels was nominated for a Grammy for his work on the children’s album Jungle Jazz Kids. He’s an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver and plans to generate some exciting collaborations between the university and the hall, according to the announcement of his appointment.
“I’m anxious to tackle the many challenges going forward,” Daniels said in the news release. Among them: “finding more space to accommodate our rapid growth, expanding our funding base, and celebrating all the incredible artists, individuals, institutions and fans that contribute to making Colorado one of the best music scenes in the country.”
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By Christy Fantz