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One of the most distinctive and celebrated producers of his time, Daniel Lanois was also a gifted composer and solo artist; whether performing his own material or helming records for the likes of U2, Bob Dylan and Peter Gabriel, the hallmarks of his singular aesthetic remained the same — noted for his unparalleled atmospheric sensibilities, Lanois pursued emotional honesty over technical perfection, relying on vintage equipment and unorthodox studio methods to achieve a signature sound both viscerally powerful and intricately beautiful. He was born September 19, 1951 in Hull, Quebec; his French-Canadian family was firmly rooted in music, with his mother a singer and both his father and grandfather noted for their prowess on the violin. Following his parents' 1963 separation, Lanois and his mother moved to the English-speaking suburbs of Hamilton, Ontario; there he learned to play guitar, and with his brother Robert began making primitive home recordings on a cheap cassette player. In 1970, the siblings purchased a four-track machine, setting up a recording studio in the laundry room of their home and offering their services to local bands for a $60 fee.

Lanois is best known as a record producer. He began his career in a basement studio in his native Canada, working on small projects until he began collaborating with producer Brian Eno. Lanois became Eno's protégé, which eventually led to his producing Peter Gabriel's So and U2's The Joshua Tree. After that, Lanois became one of the most sought after producers in the business. His sound is characterized by the use of odd instrumentation, analog recording equipment, and a tendency to place the mood of a song above playing it perfectly. The best examples of his production aesthetic can be found on three of the most critically acclaimed records of the '90s: Chris Whitley's debut Living With the Law, Emmylou Harris's Wrecking Ball and Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind. As an artist Lanois writes subdued, somewhat oblique but very melodic songs that are grounded in his own off-kilter vision of what folk music is. He has a deep interest in his French Canadian roots and often sings in French.
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Renting out Slane Castle outside of Dublin for some of the sessions, it was here that Lanois would help shape one of U2's landmark albums, including the hit song "Pride: In the Name of Love". It seems that all of Daniels hard work had paid off when he got a call from famous artist Peter Gabriel, asking him to co-produce the soundtrack to the motion picture Birdy. It was also Lanois and his talents that helped to make Gabriel's next album So, such a huge success in 1986. After that, Daniel worked furiously on what would be his, U2's and Brian Eno's labor of love: The Joshua Tree.

Mixing sonic textures with gritty rock n roll and shimmering guitars, Eno and Lanois created a sonic texture in which U2 felt free to explore, wherever it might lead. The Grammy winning Joshua Tree would lead him to work with The Band's guitarist, Robbie Robertson on his long-awaited self-titled debut. Finding himself in the States, Lanois settled in New Orleans, opening up his Kingsway Studio in a mansion in the heart of town. At that time, he was fortunate enough to work with Bob Dylan on 1989's Oh Mercy. This album, many have said, was the best they'd heard Dylan in a decade.

Not stopping there, Daniel also worked with The Neville Brothers on their watershed album Yellow Moon, also in New Orleans. It was here, in his mansion, that he would record his long-awaited solo record, Acadie, in 1989. In the early 90's, he was back at the helm with Eno & U2 for the Berlin influenced Achtung Baby. Some say its U2's best. In 1992, he was reunited with friend Peter Gabriel, for the smash album Us.

Later on in the decade he worked on Emmylou Harris's Wrecking Ball, Luscious Jackson's Fever In, Fever Out, and Bob Dylan's Grammy winning Time Out of Mind. In between, he released a second solo record, For the Beauty of Wynona. The turn of the century saw him teaming up once-again with Eno and U2 for their acclaimed All That You Can't Leave Behind. In 2003, Daniel released his most popular solo release to date, Shine, featuring Bono and Emmylou Harris. In 2004, he helped U2 release their best work in ten years, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, featuring "Vertigo" and "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own".

After working with U2 on their track, "Love and Peace or Else", Lanois released his 5th solo outing in 2005 titled Belladonna. Belladonna is a collection of instrumental pieces, on many of which Lanois plays pedal-steel guitar.