Music has always played an important role in Danny Harring’s life.
“When I’m having a good time, I’ll take my guitar” he says in a video. “When, you know, I feel a little down, I take my guitar and put it outside.”
Harring tried producing for a while. Things didn’t pan out, however. Other priorities have crept in. He got married, started a family and a career.
Harring has taught at Silverado High School in Victorville for two decades.
But when his parents both passed away within the past three years, he said the loss fueled his passion and “deep desire to pursue music”, a style described as “metal/rock/jazz with an influence hip-hop”.
“That’s why I’m so determined to succeed,” Harring said in an email.
The math teacher hopes to get his big break and show off his talent later this year in front of thousands on a stage at the Hollywood Bowl.
Harring competes in the Opening act competition hosted by entertainment company, Audacy, Inc.
If he wins, it will secure his spot as a gig opener at the Los Angeles venue and earn him $10,000.
Last year’s winner opened for Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Doja Cat, Kid Laroi and Shawn Mendes at the We Can Survive concert in October.
Harring is in fourth place and said he needed votes by August 1 when the concert program will be announced.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a musician, but you know, life gets in the way of me and stuff like that,” he told a crowd before playing his electric guitar at The Social in Apple Valley on Thursday.
Harring said his father, Danny Harring, Sr., had been the main supporter of his music and was an artist himself.
Over the years, however, young Harring gave up on his dream. Until tragedy strikes.
On June 6, 2019, authorities said a domestic dispute in San Bernardino led to a family member shooting and killing Harring’s father and wounding an aunt. His father had taken care of Harring’s grandmother.
Suspect Dwayne Butler, the nephew of Harring’s father, turned into a police station hours after the shooting, the San Bernardino Sun reported.
Court records show Butler pleaded guilty to attempted murder and manslaughter in 2019. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
And last year, Harring’s mother died of breast cancer, just over three years after her father died.
“While she was still with us, she was able to witness the fire that rekindled in me. She also encouraged me,” Harring said. “Before she died, she told me never to to abandon.”
If he wins the competition, he plans to donate part of the $10,000 to help end gun violence.
Although Harring finds meaning and purpose in teaching high school students, he said, “The music I make now is my own voice, my real inner voice.
I no longer try to write “what I think people would like”. I found the courage to be vulnerable and take complete cover. It really is who I am now.
To vote for Harring, go to theopenact.com/2022/danny-harring.
Daily Press journalist Martin Estacio can be reached at 760-955-5358 or ME [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_mestacio.