Daniel T. Truman

Fine & Performing Arts

Daniel T. Truman (1956-)

is a native of St. George. Dan attended Dixie College from 1974-75. After serving an LDS mission to Florida and Georgia, he attended Brigham Young University where he received a degree in Music Composition/Studio Production. While at BYU, he was the pianist for the award winning jazz band Synthesis.

He played for the Young Ambassadors and traveled with them to the Soviet Union, Poland, India, and Australia. He was also the keyboardist for the Utah based group Sun, Shade and Rain. From 1983-85, he was a pianist/conductor in Nashville, Tenn., at Opryland, USA. In 1991, his group Diamond Rio signed with Arista Records and since then has sold six million albums, been named the Country Music Association’s Group of the Year four different times, and has been nominated for eight Grammy awards. In 1998, Diamond Rio was honored with one of the greatest achievements in the music industry as they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

As a composer, Dan has written music in several different genres. He has three songs which reached the top of the country charts. One of those, Norma Jean Riley, was a number one hit and in 1992 was they Radio and Records Song of the Year. He has written songs for three “Especially for Youth” albums and most recently has co-written and produced a contemporary instrumental internet album called This Way That. Dan married Wendee Jensen in 1980, and they have three sons and one daughter.