Joel Dalton (born June 10, 1982) is an American singer-songwriter, with a dynamic range of both talent and professional experience. The Phoenix-born musician began taking professional piano and violin lessons at age 6, and by age 9 was a part of the prestigious Phoenix Boys Choir, where he quickly advanced to the Touring Choir level; studying classical music, and performing in different languages all over the world.
After attending the University of Arizona, Dalton enrolled in the Los Angeles Music Academy. It was during his time at LAMA that he studied under (contemporary Jazz vocalist and background singer for Christina Aguilera) Kevyn Letteau, Mike Shapiro, and Diana Moreira (daughter Flora Purim and percussionist Airto Moreira). One of many notable performance opportunities during Joel’s college years was being hired by Linda Ronstadt to perform in her holiday concert as a background vocalist.
In 2007 Joel was contacted by Richard “Scar” Lopez, one of the original members of Cannibal and The Head Hunters, and was asked to join their band as a lead vocalist and dancer for a five live performances while they were in the LA area. Around this same time, Dalton joined the LA based acapella group Corner Pocket, and developed a close friendship and working relationship with Michael Luginbill (currently signed to Atlantic Records as a part of acapella sensation, Straight No Chaser). Luginbill and Dalton performed together at numerous LA venues such as the Viper Room, Room 5 Lounge, House of Blues and Molly Malones.
In 2008 during Obama’s presidential campaign, Joel lent his vocals to a campaign song, and shortly after was hired as a session musician for Grammy Award winning engineer Bob Tucker (The Temptations, 2Pac, and India Arie). There were many opportunities that followed closely behind, and as doors opened, Dalton found himself working on commercials in the studio with renowned producers, and on stage regularly with many emerging artists, such as Julie Roberts (The Voice).
A proven harmony expert, Joel has spent the last several years performing in a world-renowned Beach Boys tribute band; playing over one hundred shows, and headlining the main stage on various cruise lines. No stranger to the stage, Dalton also boasts an impressive resume of solo acoustic performances, including numerous residencies at upscale hotels and lounges, such as the Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.
Returning to his roots, Joel now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, where he regularly performs as a solo musician, while working across the region with the vocally-driven Americana group, The Home Brood Band, as well as Beach Boys tributes like, Catch a Wave.