Bio

welcome to john daniels band

John Verbocy, Drew Azzinaro, and Kevin Urso.

On the verge of great things, John Daniels Band has played their dues on the live circuit, with countless performances under their collective belts. See what all the fuss is about. Now, the band is recording their first album, out soon. Combining various styles, their debut will catapult them into the mainstream. You heard it here first. John Daniels Band is the brainchild of frontman and lead songwriter John Verbocy, whose raspy, warm vocals always tug on the heartstrings. John isn't a lyricist, he's a storyteller who weaves emotional narratives of love and love lost. "And the sun will put the moon to sleep," he sings over an acoustic guitar. There's no facade. No filter. It's authentic and passionate, unlike most of today's commercial music. John Daniels Band is the culmination of all of John's works as a singer and musician. He hails from Buffalo, New York.

A special thanks to my fellow band mates Drew Azzinaro and Kevin Urso. Without them, the music would not be possible. We are working hard in the studio and cannot wait to share our music.

 

Meet john daniels band

JOHN VERBOCY

Lead Vocalist & Songwriter

1) Who has inspired you? Jesus Christ. I was inspired by church when I was younger, 
hymnals--praise be to God. Being able to sing in a church full of people, in a communal 
space, is a pretty amazing feeling. 

2) Why do you sing lead? I wrote poetry from when I was 10 until I was about 18. I 
wrote a lot about death because I had leukemia, which feels like you have the flu for 
three and a half years. Inspiration for me is channeled through dedication and 
meditation. Prayer. 

3) Where do your words come from? Music is a gift from God. It’s a divine gift, even the 
way that Kevin Urso and I met, the way that everyone meets, everything comes 
together, there’s no coincidences in this world. 

4) What if you got on an elevator and there was Harvey Keitel, someone with 
connections. What would you tell him about your music? I would just simply say, 
“Listen.” He’d get it. 

5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? The John Daniels Band means 
everything to me. It is our destiny to spread the message of music. 

6) What is your favorite artist or album? The Band and its self-titled first album 
was the first rock recording that impacted me the most. 

KEVIN URSO

PIANO & KEYBOARDS

1) Who has inspired you? My father, and high school; some good music teachers. They
cared; my high school choral teacher put together a trip to Ireland. But I said I couldn’t
go because my parents didn’t pay for stuff like that. She paid my ticket. She was world
class. I put her up there with my great professors. The band director was my savior.

Everything else could have gone to shit but I could just walk into his office and joke
around, go play the piano. He treated me like a person.
2) Why did you choose the piano? I played piano my whole life. My father used to play
when I was a really young, “Fur Elise” and it would impress me. I wanted to be like him;
I wanted to connect with him. He didn’t play in a band. He just had the musician bug.
3) What if you got on an elevator and there was Harvey Keitel, someone with
connections. What would you tell him about your music? Come to our next concert and I
guarantee the person you’re standing next to will be your new best friend. The
atmosphere is your reward.
5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? What I like about John is that he’s
not afraid of failure. It’s encouraging to see John just move onto the next thing with a
smile on his face. Me, I’d spend two years beating myself up. It’s a great thing for me,
just to learn to move on.
6) What is your favorite artist or album? Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones. I had a poster
in my room back then. And since then I need something new and fresh. It’s not just the
music that’s fresh. It’s what they’re talking about. Margaret Glassman, Jake Sherman,
others and what they say about what’s happening today. A movement; look on
YouTube.

MIKE WAGNER

BASS

1) Who has inspired you? I grew up listening to tons of classical. Dad was born in
Hungary. My older sister was my first piano teacher. My Dad introduced us to stuff
before the 1920s. When I was in 5th grade, my friend introduced me to KISS. When I
heard the power chords of the guitars, I thought en entire horn section had blown out at
once. Then I saw my first big concert--once I saw Steve Harris of Iron Maiden, I was
floored. I had to become the best bass player around. And I loved the Buffalo original
music scene.
 
2) Why did you choose the bass? I played piano from when I was little. Then I had a
chance at bass—I knew then that was the true instrument for me.
 
3) Have you written? I used to listen to a lot of TV show themes over the years. I wrote
some of my own, modeled after the car chase scene music of the 1970s.   
 
5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? I'm finally in a project I really feel
good about, which is rare. It's about what people are thinking these days.
 
6) What is your favorite artist or album? I love it all and can't fit that all into one answer.
I'm normally studying so I may learn the newest things.

RYAN CAMPBELL

DRUMS

1) Who has inspired you? Squeaky Fromm.
2) Why did you choose the drums? I didn’t have to learn treble clef. Also, none of your
business. Also, it’s the language of creation, destruction, and all the notable gods. 
3) Did you watch Soul Train as a kid, and why? Yes. I watched for the only reasonably
reason: beautiful people dancing their asses off. 
4) What did your parents think of your choice of music? They were patient.
5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? It’s just good music. What else
matters?
6) What is your favorite artist or album from the history of American or British rock? The
solo flamenco guitar work of Paul Stanley. Look it up.

NICK RANDALL

GUITARIST

1) Who has inspired you? Dad inspired me to play music. He only knew three chords,
but he played them with conviction! I spent half a year trying to play “Puff the Magic
Dragon,” “House of the Rising Sun” and “The Motorcycle Song” as well as he could, and
I almost quit. Then I went to summer camp, and a kid there taught me how to play a
power chord, and after that I couldn’t put it down.
2) Why did you choose the guitar? I tried piano when I was 5, but I hated reading music
and I’d get kicked out of lessons all the time for playing sound effects on my little Casio
keyboard. Once I found guitar, no one ever had to tell me to practice. It was hard to get
me to stop.
3) Did you watch Soul Train as a kid, and why? I think I’ve suffered profound
psychological and musical consequences from hours of watching both “Ren and
Stimpy” and “The Twilight Zone.” In fact, those television programs may be more
evident in my playing than my musical influences at this point.
4) What did your parents think of your choice of music? My parents have been
incredibly supportive of my music. My dad took me to my first “real” concert--Jimmy
Page and Robert Plant. Third row! And another time, he took me to see Green Day and
he fell asleep during the show. My mom was always singing when I was little, and
bought me a toy microphone, and drove me to guitar lessons every week.
5) What does the John Daniels Band mean to you? I love the John Daniels Band
because the music tells an honest story, passionately and assertively. It can sound like
it’s coming from a lot of different places at times, but it’s deeply rooted in the great
American songwriting tradition. It’s pretense-free, and frankly the songs slap.
6) What is your favorite artist or album from the history of American or British music? Or
African music? I could be stuck on a desert island as long as I had an original mono
pressing of The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” and everything Miles Davis recorded from
‘63-‘69. I’d miss Hendrix and distorted guitars, though.