Out of the Silence

Daniel's debut EP, released 2000


the songs


Altar Boy

I Still Need You Tonight Believe Nature of Love Constant Faithfulness


the players


Daniel Link - vocals, keys

Cheri Chilcote - backing vocals, acoustic guitar David Breaux - electric & rhythm guitars






the hype


JANUARY

DanielLink.com launches

Out of the Silence debut EP releases

JUNE Out of the Silence debuts at #5, peaks #1 Outvoice.com's Top 40 Albums

JULY

Altar Boy debuts at #4, peaks #1 Outvoice.com's Top 40 Singles

AUGUST

Constant Faithfulness named AIDS Walk Austin Theme Song, Daniel & Cheri headline, playing for an audience of 50,000







DECEMBER

I Still Need You Tonight 

1st Place Winner,

Austin Songwriter's Competition



(Left) Daniel w/ Cheri after accepting 1st place "Best Country Song" for I Still Need You Tonight at Austin's legendary blue's club, Antones







the back stories


BELIEVE 1994 - 1997


JULY, 1994 Daniel & Cheri debut Believe @ Austin's Chicago House Open Mic Night MAY, 1995 Daniel returns to Fort Worth to take care of his partner, John, who lost his battle w/ AIDS in October, '96.

JANUARY, 1997 Daniel returns to Austin  JULY, 1997 Daniel & Cheri record Believe, w/ David Breaux on additional guitars, bass + percussion.

original demo co-written w/ Daniel's first partner, John Hofstrand


"It's ironic to me that the first song I recorded in Austin was Believe, because at the time I had absolutely no faith in myself.  But I wrote it with John, and he had a way of seeing me in ways no one else could at the time.

Cheri would drive up to Fort Worth in those days, and the three of us would hang out with guitars and a baby grand piano and sing Believe & I Still Need You Tonight over & over.  We would get goose bumps, because our voices blended so beautifully together.  

The plan was that one day, John would come down to Austin & record with us.  But he didn't make it.  After he died, I moved back to Austin so Cheri & I could carry on with our music, in John's honor." -Daniel


the video

"By the time we filmed this video, I had built the band around Cheri & I, but I wanted David Breaux to sit in with us on keys, since he was the guy who filled John's musical shoes, recorded the Believe demo and subsequent EP Out of the Silence that followed.  This performance of Believe captures the essence of our musical chemistry and continuity."




SEPTEMBER, 1997 Daniel recovers from drug & alcohol abuse




ALTAR BOY 1998 - 1999


"The impact from John's death, and finding myself newly sober a year later was a fundamental shift in my life trajectory.  Not only did I have to find out who I was without John, but I had to discover who I was under years of addiction.  While I knew I was a good songwriter, I had no idea what I was doing, or even if I could navigate the music industry as a serious musician.  I didn't know if I was good enough to be a working musician.  

I wasn't sure if my songwriting would be the same either.  It was this questioning and inner exploration that led me to write Altar Boy."













welcome to the stage

Daniel & Cheri begin booking local gigs at local coffee houses & become the darlings of the Borders Books & Music circuit.












The duo returns to David Breaux @ Cutting Edge Studio in South Austin to record the debut EP Out of the Silence.








OUT OF THE SILENCE (2000)

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"The humanity displayed here is accessible to anyone who’s ever felt left of societies center. And the music is potent enough to work for those who simply want sweet melodies and memorable hooks." 

 

Larry Flick,

Editor-and-Chief

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GHOST STORIES (2002)

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"With its Stevie Nicks/Belladonna album cover homage and its country-tinged pop songs ( the best of which include "Tangled," "Someone In Austin," "True Perspective," "Be Home Soon," "Christine," and "Telepathy" ) , Austin-based Daniel Link's Ghost Stories ( LOAM ) fulfills and expands on the promise of 2000's Out Of The Silence."

Gregg Shapiro,

Windy City Times

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COLOR OF RAIN (2005)

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"Link is an accomplished tunesmith.  But two other things stand out on "Color of Rain" - Link's resilient voice, which recalls Michael Stipe's at times and Big's arrangement of countless instruments and backup vocals"    

Michael Barnes.

Entertainment Editor

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BOOK OF SHADOWS (2012)

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"Book of Shadows is polished, evoking the Wallflowers as much as Elvis Costello in a Southwest alt-rock kind of way. 

Loren Bienvenu.

Music Writer

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