Winner - Gig Harbor Folk Festival - Gig Harbor, Washington
Finalist - Kerrville Folk Festival - New Folk 2010 & 2012 & 2013
Winner - Wildflower Festival - Richardson, Texas
"Daniel has such an engaging personality and warm sense of humor. He connects well with the audience, and of course the music is great too. Very impressed..."
-Austin Collins, Fat Caddy Recording Artist
(Austin has recorded Daniel's song, "Old Town," for a live record and other co-writes with Daniel on his recent studio album)
"One of the top 5 new artists most likely to be seen on Austin City Limits...poignant lyrics indicative of a true talent."
-The Daily Texan
"Young Makins creates a sound that stands in the camp inhabited by James Taylor and David Wilcox...tunes possess a decided Texas influence, exhibiting potential that may blossom into something substantial."
-The Austin Chronicle
"Makins is a nimble guitarist who produces a cascade of notes. Especially noteworthy are small town stories "Old Town" and "Little Cafe," which call upon memories from a West Texas childhood and seem to be ideal Lyle Lovett material. He clearly is a promising singer/songwriter destined to command bookings."
-Patrick Nichols, This is Texas Music
Semi-Finalist - Songwriter Serenade 2013
Selected as a regional performer for the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Contest '05, '06, & '09
Daniel's song, "Long Time Ago" was included on Travelin' Texas Volume 3, a Compilation Album put out by the Center for Texas Music History (other artists include: Robert Earl Keen, George Strait, Asleep at the Wheel, Marcia Ball, Eliza Gilkyson, and others).
Daniel's song, "Concho Valley Paradise," is taught in songwriting classes at Texas Tech University.
"Songwriter, Daniel Makins, gives a great concert with wit and sincerity that you will be sure to remember long after."
-Lynn Forres, Private Underground House Concert Series
Official showcase performer Southwest Regional Folk Alliance '06
Talented Texas Artist, Paul Eason, has recorded multiple Makins songs including "Hey Wade" and "Peanut Butter"
"Finally, a young songwriter from Texas not constrained to the label of "Texas Songwriter... " destined to fill the best listening rooms and small theaters in the country... "
-Joshua J. Dodds
(president texan films)
"You really listened when we talked and you've embraced us so readily. It's easy to see you are a gifted songwriter and teacher. The class hangs on every word you say, and we are easily drawn in to discussion."
-David A. (songwriting workshop participant)
Shiner Bock rising-star award winners, Grant Jones & the Pistol Grip Lassos, recently recorded Daniel's song, "Long Time Ago" on their debut album
"Daniel Makins is not a song writer. He is a song poet."
-Doak Snead (former writer for Reba McEntire's Star Struck publishing).