Jody Daniels

Growing up in the Daniels family, it was pretty much a given that Jody Daniels would sing, play an instrument or do both. His parents and their siblings had their own group, The Daniels Family Singers, in the 1950s and a successful television show in Charlotte, North Carolina. “That side of the family was very, very musical,” Jody Daniels said. “That’s just the way things were when I grew up. We’d go visit and sing. My father being a Methodist minister, he put a guitar in my hands at 8 and said, Ok, sing.  Wherever we went – hospitals, retirement homes – I would sing!” Jody, performed with Horizon, an Albemarle, N.C. based country band throughout the 1980s. During that time, he had a number of songs recorded at Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte and released on the Classic Records Label.  After graduating with a BA in English from Pfeiffer University near Albemarle, Jody spent a year on a construction project in Saudi Arabia followed by stateside assignments on numerous other U.S. and international projects.  For the past 29 years, he has been the procurement manager for the Athens (Ga) Housing Authority. In 1999, he completed a recording project of gospel music as a tribute to his parents. The collection, titled “You’ve Got a Friend in the Business,” was produced by Nashville’s Dick McVey and included seven original country and bluegrass gospel songs. In 2007, Jody started a pure bluegrass band called Buttermilk Revival.  Since he owned a banjo and understood some of its basics, Jody began to teach himself how to play.  Fairly soon, the banjo replaced the guitar as Jody’s main instrument.  Since early 2013, Jody has played banjo, guitar and mandolin with Grassland String Band. With solid writing from several of its members including Jody the band has released several albums and performs across the southeast. Jody is an active volunteer in his community and at his church.  Jody is married to Monica and has two daughters, Christie and Leanne, and a granddaughter, Adrianna (11).