Nearly three decades into his multi-faceted career as a song plugger, music publisher and Founder and CEO of the thriving indie pop/dance label Dauman Music, Jason Dauman is still breaking fresh ground, scoring hits with both legendary superstars and cultivating the careers of promising new artists. Since its founding in 2005, Dauman Music – which inked its worldwide distribution deal with Republic/Motown/Universal Music Group in 2007 – has been a nonstop force on the Billboard Dance charts, with over 70 hit singles during the past nine years and dozens of Music Week Pop Chart hits.
Continuing to expand its roster of hit makers and grow into 2016, Dauman Music has worked throughout 2014-15 with an exciting array of performers and songwriters from a wide variety of genres. Included on their dynamic roster are legendary artists Melissa Manchester, Al Jarreau and Snoop Dogg; classic pop songwriters Siedah Garrett (“Man in the Mirror”) and Makeba Riddick (Rihanna, Beyonce); and pop veterans Sean Kingston, Frankie J, Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), Fat Joe, Taylor Dayne and Tiffany. The label also has upstart artists Melissa Molinaro and Cheyenne Elliot, granddaughter of Dionne Warwick and cousin of Whitney Houston. Dauman worked on the
Cheyenne project with onetime Producer of the Year Grammy winner Narada Michael Walden. In August, 2015, Dauman Music had three tracks in the Top 25 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart – “Cali,” by Ralphi Rosario featuring Ashley J, “More Than a Feeling” by Brianna Rubio and “Softly” by Degrazo.
After making his initial inroads into the industry as host of the popular cable celebrity talk show “The Sound Factory” and artist manager for Julio Iglesias’ production company, Dauman launched his career in the unique, specialized field of song placing. Working independently and later for Universal Music Publishing, he represented a vast array of entertainment personalities and developed his keen abilities to perfectly match artist and songwriters. Over the years, Dauman’s “A-list” clients included U2, Bruce Springsteen, Burt Bacharach, Billy Steinberg, Garth Brooks, Glen Ballard Tom Kelly, Rick Nowles, John Wesley Harding, and Maria McKee, Jeff Barry, Oscar nominated songwriter Allan Rich and Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn (“Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Scarlet Pumpernickel”).
Dauman’s first high profile “match” was placing Diane Warren and Albert Hammond’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” with Starship, and his early successes included “Don’t Turn Around” for Ace of Base; the Garth Brooks tune “If Tomorrow Never Comes” (later recorded by Barry Manilow); Allan Rich and Jud Friedman’s “I Don’t Have The Heart,” a #1 pop hit by James Ingram; and Billy Steinberg/Tom Kelly’s anthem “I’ll Stand By You,” a co-write with Chrissie Hynde that endures as one of The Pretenders’ biggest hits and a #1 for the current top selling UK group Girls Aloud. A recording of the song by Carrie Underwood also became a Top 10 pop hit.
Since segueing from the song plugging and publishing worlds into launching and running his own thriving label, Dauman has developed strong passions for the multitude of “hats” he wears. More than simply the visionary executive driving Dauman Music up the charts, the New York and L.A. raised industry veteran has enjoyed all hands on aspects of making things happen, from working with producers and remixers, video production, promotion, public relations and social media to product placement and licensing.
Dauman Music’s first release, “Tell it to the Moon,” became one of the Top-10 most played songs of the year on XM Satellite Radio’s BPM Charts. With seven chart singles in 2008, the company topped such labels as Warner (six), Jive (six) and Columbia (six) on the Hot Dance/Club play imprint category. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Dauman was able to place three different artists in the Billboard Top 50 Club Charts on the same week, representing a whopping six percent of the Dance Chart hits.
Building upon those powerful foundations and continuing to delight club-goers while breaking intriguing new artists, Dauman Music has achieved numerous breakthroughs in the 2010s. In 2012, Korr-a and her producer Dave Aude set dance floors across the world ablaze with her hit record, “Firecracka,” which climbed to #7 in DJ Times, the Top 10 on the UK Music Week Commercial Pop Charts, and reached #18 on Billboard. Other chart triumphs include singer/actress and Maxim cover-girl Amy Weber’s #6 UK smash, “Let It Rain,” and hits by Snoop Dogg, Tiffany, Taylor Dayne, Joanna Krupa, Frenchie Davis, Henri and Carmen Perez. 2013 started with the #1 Billboard Breakout and #1 Most Added Single of the Week, Ralphi Rosario and Frankie’s smash “Forever.” Dauman Music has also had a #6 UK debut from Pris Maverick, along with great chart returns for Taja Sevelle (discovered by Prince) and Ashley J.
“I grew up enjoying a wide variety of up-tempo music, so it was only natural after working strictly in pop music for many years that I would run a label devoted to dance music and dance-oriented pop,” says Dauman. “When I first launched Dauman Music, the genre was an underdog, looked down upon by the industry, like an unwanted musical child. I devoted my energies to rallying behind it. I’m glad to say it’s not only no longer the underdog, but it’s everywhere, more popular than ever and still growing. It’s been a pleasure witnessing this turnaround for dance music.
“While I have always gravitated towards strong melodies and production, for me, powerful, emotional lyrics are at a premium,” he adds. “Beyond great material, I’ve found that the most successful artists are the ones who bring the perfect mix of ambition and vision into their artistry. Heading into 2016, I’m as excited and committed as ever to bringing great artists and performers to the dance/EDM market.”