Solomon McDaniel

Keyboardist

The leader of the King Beez , Solomon McDaniel, comes from a large family of thirteen siblings who were born and raised in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. At one point or another each flirted with the idea of playing music and being a musician. Solomon not only dreamed of playing music, by the age of eight he was the only family member that acted on his dream by taking lessons and playing the piano.

Solomon’s first experiences playing music in public, like other members of the King Beez, was in the church. By age fourteen his talent for the piano and his love of gospel music was evident and the church took notice right away.

He continued to play gospel music through his high school career until graduation. Solomon’s music dream had to be put on hold by special request. Uncle Sam called and Solomon answered by entering the U.S. Army in 1968. Having spent eighteen months stationed in Europe he was honorably discharged in 1970. His extensive travels in Europe not only fulfilled his duty to country but also intensified his desire to pursue his dream of being an accomplished pianist.

Arriving back home to Muskegon, Solomon promptly enrolled in Muskegon Community College and received his degree in 1975. He spent two additional years studying at Grand Valley State College. Spare time was generally devoted to practice, performance and meeting other musicians with similar dreams. Solomon and one such group of musicians, who quite prophetically called themselves Destiny, moved to Memphis, Tennessee in the fall of 1978. The band broke up after only a few months but destiny was about to usher Solomon into an era of notoriety and opportunity to perform with the best Memphis had to offer. He performed with nationally known recording artists such as Shirley Brown, Rufus Thomas, William Bell, Carla Thomas and Ruby Wilson to name but a few. His lists of credits also include performances with the legendary B.B. King.

In 1991, Solomon McDaniel along with James Jackson and David Bowen, known collectively as the doctors of rhythm and blues, came together to form a group which would quickly become the band all other bands wanted to be like. The King Beez has consistently set the performance bar to a height many bands strive to achieve but seldom do. Solomon’s leadership, self-discipline, and strong work ethic are the character traits, which serve as the rock the King Beez were built on. His tireless efforts continue to provide the strength and guidance the King Beez draw from to maintain their musical direction, high standards and unequaled reputation.

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