Merrell Music is gearing up for the upcoming release of Under Construction, the new DVD by award-winning children's entertainer and recording artist Cowboy Dan Harrell. On the DVD, entertaining and meaningful songs punctuate Cowboy Dan's points as he motivates adults and children to build strong relationships and communicate effectively with each other.
Born and raised in the ranch country of West Texas, Cowboy Dan is the real deal. After earning a degree in agriculture from Abilene Christian University, he lived in the Austin, Texas area, soaking up the Texas music scene. He later moved to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue a career in country music while working in the agricultural industry.
Along the way, his focus shifted to children's music and entertainment. "Writing and performing children's music was not something I planned on doing when I came to town," says Cowboy Dan. "It kinda pursued me. Now I can't imagine doing anything else."
While working for the Music City Cattle Exchange, Cowboy Dan was approached by the Tennessee Beef Industry Council to develop an assembly program on character education for elementary age students. Since 1996, he has performed his high-energy show for over 450,000 kids, parents and teachers, including a tour with the Tennessee Farm Bureau's "Ag in the Classroom" program. Along the way, his CD, Yee Haw Says It All, was named "Best Children's Album" by the Nashville Music Awards, among other accolades.
Surviving loss, rebuilding life and moving ahead are all part of Cowboy Dan's inspirational story. Tragedy struck the Harrell family in 2000 when Lyndee, his wife of 14 years, died suddenly from a heart attack, leaving him a single father of three girls and a nine-day-old baby boy. "Our whole lives changed in a single instant," Cowboy Dan says, "and they will never be the same." Through the help and prayers of his church family and friends, Cowboy Dan took time off from the road to raise his kids as he tried to find blessings amid tragedy.
Now, his humor, music and message bring smiles to audiences of all ages. "I have found that a room full of bright young faces is one of the most rewarding opportunities an entertainer can have," Cowboy Dan says, "and I just want to keep doing what I love to do."
For more information on Cowboy Dan and his Under Construction DVD, visit www.cowboydan.com.
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