Dan Pearson grew up in the suburbs of St. Charles and Batavia, Illinois, surrounded by a musical family. The youngest of his family, Pearson pursued violin like his sister and brother before him. Over the next 2 decades, he would be trained classically on the violin through the Aurora Suzuki Violins. In addition he was exposed to many other styles of violin music, most notably Irish and French Canadian Folk. During his time as a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pearson was invited to join the Piano Man Band to perform alongside Ben Montalbano, James Moore, and many more of UIUC's finest live performing musicians.
James Moore is a singer/songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Being the son of musician and acclaimed songwriter(Jimmy Moore), James has been around music his entire life. He wrote his first song at the age of seven, played trumpet throughout grade school, and played the french horn in his high school band. During his senior year James became serious about his songwriting and began playing everywhere from talent shows to block parties, bars and sorority houses. He continued to pursue music in Champaign-Urbana where he attended the University of Illinois. It was there he met Dan Pearson, and though neither studied music at the school, the two played every week at the city’s most widely known music venue, Canopy Club.
After both graduated (Pearson ’13, Moore ’14), they reunited to pursue careers in music as a duo. Since then they’ve been gathering a following in the Midwest, playing often in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Their writing features strong vocal harmonies, driving rhythms on acoustic guitar and bouzouki, and subtle dynamic contrast. It also exhibits Pearson’s deft touch on violin.