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Hometown: Huntington Station, LI, NY
Established Solo Artist (acoustic rock/country rock)
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist for "Axis Unknown" (melodic rock)
Jingle Producer & Voice-over/Character Voice Talent
Owner/Operator of GDA Media Group

Artist Profile:
When it comes to defining Axis Unknown, most people immediately think of Dan Acosta. There's never any BS with Dan, and there's never any shirking of duties. Example? The night after his wedding, Dan played a solo acoustic gig for his hometown crowd, delaying his honeymoon to Maui for a day. And when he returned, he embarked on a national charity tour just one & a half months later, leaving his home and new wife for six weeks to help numerous charities, most notably the "Rock 4 Xmas" Foundation, and the Nassau/Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless. Ultimately it lead to his divorce, but it is precisely this sort of fierce, unbending dedication, devotion and spirit which has made Dan such an inspirational focal point through the years for all of his fans, & fellow musicians alike.

Singing since the age of six, Dan has developed a vocal style in vein of Jon Bon Jovi, Aron Lewis (Staind), and Zakk Wylde - with strong dynamics and clarity. He has also been playing guitar for many years and is self taught. His main influences are Bon Jovi, Zakk Wylde, Metallica, Black Sabbath/Ozzy, Staind, and Knickleback . He has also been writing his own music for years. He has plenty of songs completed and copyrighted, and there are always new ones in the works.

As an artist, Dan tries to keep his music pure and simple, while tugging on the human heart to make it unforgettable to its listeners. He writes from his own life experiences, and tries to relate to his listeners through each song - sharing his true feelings and perspectives with everyone. He has dedicated his life to sharing his music, and helping all of those he can with his talents. He has definitely put in his time when it comes to his music.

Dan has a 5 song acoustic EP (A Day In The Life Of A Superhero…" - 2003 ), a 6 song demo with Axis Unknown (2007), and he's currently recording material with former Axis Unknown drummer Mike Sepe. Dan also started recording with his 12 year old nephew Mike Sanchez (drummer) on a country/rock crossover album, as well as a rock demo titled "Family Business".
Dan Acosta is also the voice talent & jingle writer/producer for GDA Media Group (multi-media marketing service).
Dan Acosta has toured/shared a stage with:

Randy Jackson (Zebra)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot)
Terry Ilous (XYZ)
Chris Slade (AC/DC, Asia)
Patrick Johannson (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Ira Black (Doom/Viscious Rumors/Lizzy Borden)
Uriah Duffy (Lyrics Born, Whitesnake 2006-07)
Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band)
Joey Molland (Badfinger)
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Ozzy/Rod Stewart)
Ritchie Scarlet (Mountain)
Mike Viscera (Yngwie Malmsteen/Loudness)
Sam McCaslin (Michael Shenker Group)
Joey Belladonna (Belladonna/Anthrax)
Ronnie Keel (Keel)
Erin Fyfe (Doom)
John Ford (Strawbs)
Gary Moon (Night Ranger/Three Dog Night)
Jimmy Bain (DIO)
Tony Montanna (Great White)
Larry Hopen (Orleans)
Bobby Rondinelli (Blue Oyster Cult/Pyramid)
Atma Anur /Doug Doppler (Doppler)
Yakup Trana (solo artist)
Ted Poley (Danger-Danger)
Theater Of Pain (Motley Crue tribute)
Sanctuary (Iron Maiden Tribute)
Master Of Puppets (Metallica Tribute)
Wizzard Of Ozz (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute)

Dan has learned from the best what it takes to be a performer in this business.

As one can see, Dan Acosta has held his own ground among the greats of Rock 'n Roll. Even if he never gets a record contract, he’s already lived out a huge part of his dream, and will always continue to do so as long as he can. Financially, the business has been a struggle for him, even the downfall of his marriage. He has made many unthinkable sacrifices, but his hopes are still alive. Dan is dedicated, hard working, and driven to be the best he can. Every performance has been another step closer to reaching his professional goals, as a musician, and another platform for him to gain, what most feel is, well deserved recognition. Dan doesn’t try to come off as cocky or arrogant; he’s still paying his dues in this business. He just feels that it will only be a matter of time before the brass ring will be within his reach. When that day comes, Dan Acosta will shine out among the stars…

Various Charities:
Families of The Fallen Concert 2004 (soldiers lost in battle - Afgahnistan/Iraq)
Rock 4 Xmas Foundation - 2003 & 2004 (various charities across the country for the homeless)
Nassau/Suffolk Coalition For The Homeless - 2004
Widows & Children's Fire/Rescue Fund - 2002, 2003, 2004 (Families of 9-11 victims)
The September Concert - 2002 (9-11 memorial concerts all over NYC)
Toys For Tots - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Save A Pet Foundation w/Full Throttle Magazine NY - 2007

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