About the artist
Daniel Mark Baird makes his living as a computer systems administrator, but he’s been interested in music since an early age. “I vaguely recall being placed on the hood of our old Ford station wagon in a restaurant parking lot somewhere and being encouraged to sing,” says Daniel. “I was probably four years old, and there wasn’t much of an audience, but someone told me to sing—so I did.”
As a teenager, Daniel learned to play the guitar and began to write songs. In 1995, at their annual American Eagle Awards, the Country Music Associations of America named him Songwriter of the Year for his penning of “Heart Donor.” Says Daniel of his writing: “I can’t just sit down and write a song. Something has to inspire, and it’s almost always real life.”
Although he is only a part-time musician, Daniel has done a number of public performances at churches, weddings and elsewhere. “One benefit of being the preacher’s kid was that I could pretty much have the stage whenever I wanted,” he says with a laugh. One notable performance was singing “Break This Chain”—a song that his sister Danette penned to highlight the issue of domestic violence—at a Tony Dungy “Uncommon Leadership” event at the Plainfield Correctional Facility near Indianapolis on Nov. 17, 2010.
When Daniel is not troubleshooting computer problems or doing something related to music, he is likely to be found out on the roads. Both a cyclist and a runner, he has completed 19 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice, and he recorded a personal best of 2:56:03 at the 2008 Columbus Marathon.