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10 CD's Released


In Concert at the Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.


Author of Beads on One String
Sixth Printing


Kerrville Folk Festival
Three Time New Folk Finalist
for Songwriting


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Dennis Warner's career has brought him to all 50 states and beyond, earning him global recognition and a reputation of being one of the top entertainers in the singer-songwriter genre.

Warner’s ninth CD, Seeds, generated a lot of attention, being named one of the top CDs of 2012 in folk music based on radio play around the world.  FOLK DJ also named him one of the top artists in all of folk music for 2012. Legendary Midnight Special radio host Rich Warren tipped his hat to Dennis by designating Seeds as his “CD Pick of the Week” on his nationally syndicated show.

Dennis is a two-time McKnight Foundation Artist Award winner and three-time finalist for the prestigious Kerrville Folkfest songwriting awards, co-founded by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Another accolade was being invited to perform in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for a series honoring the best of the unknown songwriters.

2018 was a big year for Dennis. Early that year, he was invited to the RoundGlass Music Awards in New York City celebrating “Enlightened musicians from around the globe who create music to make the world a better place.”Later that year, Dennis was honored to perform for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, where 7,500 attendees representing 230 different faiths from around the planet gathered finding ways to coexist in our diverse world.

Now in its Sixth Printing, Warner‘s timely book Beads on One String evolved from one of his songs and led to the creation of The Beads on One String Project, an elementary school curriculum used as a meaningful and fun way to teach kids about the negative effects of bullying and the positive effects of recognizing our “connectedness” with each other. In support of his book and the curriculum project, Dennis is often a guest musician and speaker at schools, libraries and Sunday morning gatherings.
In 2015, Dennis and his wife Tammy donated 250 copies of Beads on One String to Books for Africa, where they were needed in Ghana to teach kids english by using Dennis' song and book.

Lakeville Arts Center

Featured on Radio and TV Syndication:
- Hosted Jammin' with Dennis Warner (Amperes Network)
- Great Acoustics, Live! (NPR)
- River City Folk (NPR)
- Radio Unnamable with Bob Fass (New York City)
- Radio Heartland (MPR)
- Soundstage internationally syndicated concert
   from Chicago.

Dennis recently completed taping a concert for Lakeland PBS television, where he will be featured on the popular "Backroads" TV show in early 2020.

Besides being a gifted musician, Dennis Warner is also an outstanding entertainer, cleverly blending ballads, up-tempo songs, audience participation and engaging, humorous stories into a memorable event. A warm stage presence and ability to connect with his audience is a trademark of a Dennis Warner concert.

Along with his original music, Warner is widely admired for his moving interpretations of songs written by others. Audience favorites include Don't Laugh at Me, The Garden Song (Inch by Inch) and Homegrown Tomatoes. Many also know Dennis for his viral YouTube video I'm My Own Grandpa with over three quarter of a million hits.

Throughout his career, Dennis has collaborated with many noted musicians, including rock and roll legend Bobby Vee, J.D. Steele, Prudence Johnson, Freebo, James Lee Stanley, Peter Ostroushko, Paul Diethelm (Stretch Rocker) and George Maurer.

Though he calls Minnesota home, Warner loves to travel, touring solo and also with his band “the D’s”.  On and off the stage, Dennis is personable and good-humored. When not working on his music, he can be found sailing, eating ice cream or perhaps listening to a Minnesota Twins baseball game. On a good day, he's doing all three.

   -Amanda Syphers

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