Dan Keenan is a mellow-voiced master of friendly persuasion, Listenable and likeable, Dan delivers convincing intelligent readings with appeal and quiet authority.
Dan's in his prime. His is one of those quintessential rare golden accent free North American voices. Dan developed his vocal strengths and talents over decades of acting and singing on stage, doing live and recorded work behind the microphone on radio or in a studio, and performing on camera as a national commercial spokesman or local TV news anchor or program host.
Here's what veteran international pop and country singing star Sue Thompson says about Dan:
"In the early 1950s, I started working in radio, live television and the recording business in San Francisco, then Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Nashville. Believe me, Dan Keenan is a class pro in the old school mold: great voice, adaptable and always believable. And a really nice guy, too!"
Dan Keenan is a versatile vocal track and field man. He can do quick spints, knocking out 30 and 60-second spots in one or two takes. In the middle distances, up to an hour of narration, he paces himself and maintains consistency and energy to maintain a seamless delivery. He's a marathoner, too. Under the name "Tony Barbour," Dan helped established unparalleled standards by voicing or directing several audio books of unabridged fiction and non-fiction in the formative years of today's standard bearer in the field of recorded books.
Whatever your product or service, Dan wil convey your message in a natural, unforced,and non-distracting manner.
Dan Keenan delivers!
Dan's your man!
English (North American)
Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Movie Trailers, Radio, Telephone, Television
From high school and college to the professional ranks, Dan has played leading and principal roles in dozens of (Website hidden) and musicals. As a broadcaster, he has done radio news, interviews and disc jockey work in military and commercial markets. He freelanced as a commercial and corporate spokesman in several major media markets.
For ten years of his 24 year US Army career, he managed a US Armed Forces radio-TV station in Japan before moving up to network operations chief. Later,Dan was the program director in Washington for AIRS, the Army Information Radio Service..Following that, he served as the senior Army film and video producer-director at the Pentagon where he was also often in demand to narrate many Defense Department projects. For the rest of his career he served in various command and staff positions in the US and abroad.
In his civilian endeavors, Dan was the first full-time producer for Recorded (Website hidden) secured recording rights from publishers, auditioned and hired talent, produced and/or directed, edited and mastered most of the first 30 unabridged audio books the company issued. Using the name "Tony Barbour," Dan narrated four critically-acclaimed works that are still in demand 30 years later. His rendering of the classic Don Robertson novel, "The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread," is in itself a much sought after classic.
Of another audiobook book Dan narrated, one national review stated: "The spoken version is in some ways even better than the book. The human voice--through inflections, tones, pauses, etc.--can create effects the written word cannot, especially when, as here, the voice belongs to a skilled actor/narrator."
An independent critical expert on unabridged audio book narrators recently ranked the top 135 narrators of all time, On a scale of 1-4 with 1 as the highest rating, Dan Keenan aka Tony Barbour rated a 2.0. That put him in very good company along with the legendary Alexander Scourby,Natasha Richardson, Blair Brown, George Rose, Stanley Tucci, Flo Gibson and Alexander Spencer.
Keenan directed the prolific (Website hidden) and the versatile Scotsman "Sandy" Spencer on a number of Recorded Books. He also had the privilege of doing the final editing and mastering of some of the early works of the late Frank Muller (1.4), whom many consider the best ever.
Dan has been a business executive in other fields, including education, theatrical companies, and non-profit historic preservation organizations. He's owned his own business, as a bookseller of out-of-print first editions, one of the first to use the Internet as a marketplace.
In semi-retirement in Pahrump, Nevada, he was a respected TV news anchor in the fast growing community near Las Vegas. Keenan is currently collaborating with major pop and country singing star of the 1950s-70s, Sue Thompson, on her autobiography and the accompanying screenplay.
With all his experience, one might asssume this guy may be over the hill. In a chronological sense, perhaps yes. But over that hill lies a deep, rich valley of youth. In the voice actor business, Dan sounds like a man in his 40s or so. Some of the material on his demo is dated by the text and some is brand new. Any difference you hear will be that between analog and digital recording techniques, That's all.
Dan's your man!
Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Speech and Drama), John Carroll University
Graduate studies in media relations, University of South Carolina
US Army Infantry Officer Candidate School
US Army Motion Picture -TV Production Officers Course
US Army Signal Officer Advance Course
US Army Command and General Staff College
National Endowment for the Arts Media Relations intern
Shure SM 58
Computer & Software
Audio Mixer with Pro Toools on order. Temporarily using external studio
24 hours or less
Currently, voiceovers only. Expanding soon to include full service music and special effects mixing, copy writing, additional male, female, childrens' voices, original music beds and jingles using professional Las Vegas composers, musicians and singers.
I've worked with Dan for many years and I can tell you from first hand experience he is a pro to work with. Dan always gets the job done with great voiceovers easily adapting to whatever style is needed for the project. If everyone I worked with was as easy and talented as Dan, my production life would be stress free.LaDair Guzman, independent producer, California
If you're looking for a job done right, timely and with the direction and results you need, then Dan is your guy.
"In the early 1950s, I started working in radio, live television and the recording business in San Francisco, then Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Nashville. Believe me, Dan Keenan is a class pro in the old school mold: great voice, adaptable and always believable.And a really nice guy, too!"Sue Thompson, Independent professional entertainer and singer, Emmy nominee, 4 gold records,
"I've been interviewed by LeAnn Rimes, Country Music Television (CMT), 'Inside Fame' and many.many more but I had more fun and felt more at home with Dan. Whether it's a recording studio, TV station, or just out for lunch, Dan Keenan's the "Go to Guy" for me."Matt, Reeves, Country singer and disc jockey, finalist in 2009 Colgate Country Showdown talent hunt.
"Dan Keenan is a strong voice talent able to tackle the most difficult copy and turn it into art. Great style and delivery."Tim Beckman, president Cable Ads Media, Dallas
"The spoken version is in some ways even better than the book (by David Howarth). The human voice--through inflections, tones, pauses, etc.--can create effects the written word cannot, especially when, as here, the voice belongs to a skilled actor/narrator (Dan Keenan as "Tony Barbour"). The program merits four stars."Media Review (company name). "Waterloo: Day of Battle" Audiobook
"The fast-paced, powerfully descriptive tale unfurls like a Flemish tapestry while Barbour's (Keenan's) voice complements the striking insights of Howarth's prose. One cannot but admire the writing and the telling of this tale."Booklist:"Trafalgar:The Nelson Touch" Howarth
"You won't miss, and won't want to miss a single word."Library Journal. "1066: The Year of the Conquest" Howarth
"The humor and pathos of World War II are vividly brought to life in this absorbing reading of Don Robertson's novel. Through adept dialogue, the various characters and situations unfold in a natural manner without need of sound effects."Booklist: "The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
Voice Over Clients
Mitsubishi Motors of America
United Way of America
Cache Valley Cheese
US (Website hidden) Defense--all military services
Congressman Ralph Regula (OH)
Rocky Mountain Chevy
Larry Miller Family of Auto Dealers
California Board of Realtors
Mitsubishi Motors of America
US Department of Defense--all military services
Smith's Food and Drug
Veterans Affairs Medical Centers
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