Harmon received his first taste of musical performance at the tender age of seven years old playing the drums.  Being so skillful at this age, he began accompanying musicians at “The House of God Church”.  His late grandmother, Julia Shaw always recognized his musical aptitude, which later encouraged her to purchase his first steel guitar. His grandmother’s support inspired Dante at fourteen to embark on mastering the Double Necked black Gibson steel guitar. Consequently, it did not take much time before Harmon sought to expand his understanding of music theory.  Soon thereafter, he began learning an additional instrument, the piano while continuing to develop his skills and passion for the steel guitar. 

Although a multi-instrumentalist, the music that Harmon most frequently plays is the steel guitar which has come to be known as “Sacred Steel”. This is a genre of music that is compared to both Blues and Jazz, but it originated from the Pentecostal church, particularly the House of God Churches. Bob Townsend of the Atlanta Journal Constitution expressed in his article of Harmon and his performance of the Sacred Steel stating, “Harmon works his steel into a frenzy of fast-picking arpeggios punctuated by wild wails [. . .] but always the soul-deep strings of gospel come through.”  After witnessing Harmon’s gifted hands, he was notated as “the minister of sacred steel” by Bo Emerson of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  

Through the years, this Virtuoso has served as a pianist and organist for Jasper Williams Jr., embraced the stage as a steel guitarist, pianist and drummer for artists such as Robert Randolph, The Lee Boys, Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent, Oteil Burbridge and the Peacemakers, Dottie Peoples, Bishop Paul Morton, Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., Nikki Ross, Shea Simpson, and William Murphy.  He performed in 1999 for Governor Roy Barnes at the Governor's Mansion in Atlanta, Georgia and has been featured as an Arhoolie Recording Artist on “Train Don't Leave Me” (Live, 2000) and “Sacred Steel Convention” (Live, 2002). He has received notable reviews by USA Today, The New York Times, Big City Blues, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and The Gwinnett Daily Post.

Recently, Harmon and his sacred steel style of playing has been featured alongside the late Colonel Bruce Hampton, and will be featured on his most current release, live from the Vista Room on the Ropeadope Record label this October, 2017. He is also slated to be featured alongside jazz great Joey Sommerville, better known as Papajsez in 2018.

   

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