I am Daniel Levi Goans and I'm in a band with my wife, Lauren Plank Goans. I started writing songs when I was 12 and I've been writing songs ever since. In 2003, I moved to Chapel Hill, NC for college and almost immediately joined a band. After seven years of writing and touring with Chapel Hill/Nashville based The War, followed by two years of writing and self-producing two solo folk albums, the stage was set for Lowland Hum to be born. Lauren, also a NC native, spent her early childhood out west where her love for paper and music was born. Although her love for music was strongest, her shyness drew her to study visual art, where her creative processes could be pursued in the privacy of the studio setting.
In late 2009, I met Lauren at a farewell party to send her off to France to study for a semester. I wasn't invited to the party since we’d yet to meet, but we had some mutual friends so there I was. I was standing near the speakers listening to music when I noticed something. I was familiar with the song that was playing, but I'd never heard a recording of the song with a background harmony. I checked the playlist to see about this unfamiliar version, and I realized that the harmony was coming from the mouth of a beautiful woman standing nearby. I remember politely introducing myself and explaining that I admired her dulcet tones, but her memory of the moment was different. She remembers me blurting out, 'You should sing with me.' Many other things happened between us in the months that followed. Our collaboration began when Lauren sang on and designed the album art for my second folk release, BrotherStranger. We got married about two years later.
After the wedding in 2012, I asked Lauren to join me on the road performing the songs I'd written. Her presence in the songs changed them, and we started writing new songs together. We realized that it was no longer just my project and we started our current band: Lowland Hum. In August of 2013, we released our first fully collaborative record Native Air. We have played all over the country promoting the album since.
We tour with a multilayered, illuminated installation and hand-made lyric books so listeners can read along if they so choose. We have now performed in about 30 of the United States and have had opportunities to play a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR’s All Songs Considered and record a session on Daytrotter. We have been floored by the abundant variety of beauty in the people and places we’ve visited.
In between and during our last few tours, we've been writing new songs for our next release. We noticed that three of these songs belong together and so we are releasing an audio/video EP entitled Four Sisters on November 4.