Black Diamond Artists

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Dan D.D. Castiel President, C.E.O., Karaoke host, DJ, Vocalist, Bass Player, Ordained Minister 

Bio Dan D. D. Castiel is a musician, Karaoke host, Dj and Ordained Minister, who has gained national status both from recording, and extensive touring. Having recorded several albums with various musical acts, Dan is known for his thunderous bass guitar sound, fire breathing and strong vocals, along with having produced and played in various cover, tribute acts, original and national touring acts, including National KISS Tribute, Rock And Roll Over (portraying Gene Simmons), Sleepy Hollow, Voodoo Terror Tribe, The Dropoutz, Woundtight, Rock and Roll Escape the Acoustic act (AKA Tongues ‘N’ Toes), Adrenalize (Def Leppard Tribute), Saints of Los Angeles (Motley Crue Tribute) and many more! Other accomplishments include; Owning a karaoke/DJ business called JLG Entertainment and Co-Owner of Redwood Entertainment Inc., An Artist management firm out of New York City. Dan is originally from New York City and now resides in Dallas Texas.



Hailing from London, England, Ricky Feria is the lead guitarist and singer for the American Rock Band Conscious Pilot. Ricky Feria combines a classic rock and blues influence with the chops and virtuosity of prog-rock guitarists. This blend of influences creates a very unique sound and tone that is instantly recognizable. On top of touring with Conscious Pilot full time, Ricky Feria recently released an EP with his side project, The Ricky Feria Trio, titled “Illusions”.fb-img-1593531043034.jpg

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Tim's stunning single "The One (November Day)" recently topped the Hot Disc UK & Irish Country Chart, and is taken from the new album 'The Very Best of Tim Ambler' released in November 2019 by, containing 19 self penned songs and available for download and streaming worldwide.


Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Blaise began his professional career as a musician in 1981 and currently residing in Las Vegas, NV.

His list of credits include: Performances with various bands as an opening act for: Toto, Cameo, Morris Day and the Time, Chuck Negron,Steppenwolf, Average White Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tommy James & the Shondells, War, Maceo Parker, Portishead, Kenny G. and Billy Ocean.

Also accompanying artists such as Charo, Al Jarreau, Rick James, Richie Havens, Lee Oskar, Toots Theilman, Michael Paulo, Tennyson Stephens, world renown Percussionist extraordinaire , “Master Henry Gibson”, most notably with Curtis Mayfield, The “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Ronnie Foster, Pat Morita, Mary Williams, (original member of the Shirrelles) BB King, Buddy Guy, Lee Ritenour, Steve Cropper, Robert Cray, Willie Nelson, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Currently with, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, and Original Founding members of Sly & the Family Stone… Jerry Martini and Greg Errico. Serving as Musical Director with, The Family Stone.




Kentucky singer/songwriter Jason Evans writes about blue collar life in rural tobacco country. Growing up on the Green River in Hart County, Kentucky he learned the hard way about the reality of life in the hills of Kentucky. He started playing the guitar at age 7. His grandfather was Jimmy Evans, Rockabilly hall of famer who was on the Memphis SUN scene back the the 50's. 

Black Diamond Strings welcomes Kristian Attard — one of the world’s most sought-after bass players. Relocating from Australia to Los Angeles to pursue music some years back, Kristian recently soared to new highs in his already formidable career – joining the coveted ranks of international superstar Jason Mraz.


Singer/Guitarist Marc Malone hails from the home of Heavy Metal in Birmingham, England.

Along with Drummer, Josh Ruiz and Bassist, Sergio Campos (both from California) are the force behind the greater Los Angeles area band, Sovereign Son that brings you the nostalgic Metal sound you grew up listening to with the current sound of the 21st century.


From picking his acoustic in a tiny bar down the Morris Avenue cobblestone, to performing at Harley-Davidson Bike Nights, to live FM radio, to the Gulf Coast Jam Entrance Stage, to singing The National Anthem for the MotoAmerica Championship Race, to ‘Free Fallin’ at Skydive Alabama - Ben Moseley has risen, like a true Phoenix, from the ashes.

Now an ASCAP member and recent performer at The Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis, Ben’s latest hard-hitting single is called, “Hangin’ Up” - a song he once wrote in a small corner of a High Desert prison.

A professional musician of over 30 years, Kim Lesaca has performed in different parts of the world on various stages with some of the world’s elite musicians. Kim was one of the Philippines’ first call electric bass players, having done countless live and studio performances with the country’s top performers, before moving to Canada 2009. Since then, he has established himself as a distinguished bass player with some of Canada’s best music performers, live and studio musicians, as well as music producers, performing a wide selection of music genres – Jazz, R&B, Pop, Rock and Country.

Kim lists James Jamerson, Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis and his uncle, violinist John Lesaca as his musical influences. He also considers Victor Wooten as the catalyst who encouraged him to further develop his musical skills.


Joshua Allen - With over 170 shows in 8 states, and a brand new record in 2018, Joshua Allen has been taking the Red Dirt Scene by storm. He’s the front man and songwriter for Mid-Missouri Red Dirt group,  With over 15,000 streams in the first month of their new Record “A Night at Gaslight” digital Release, National radio play, and countless record sales, you can somewhat understand the current buzz for JASMS. In the first half of this year, Joshua and the boys have played sold out shows with: Randy Rogers Band (twice), Colt Ford, LoCash, Josh Abbott Band and William Clark Green.  As well as being invited to play this years “Wild Hare Country Festival” in Canby, Oregon alongside: Cody Johnson, Whitey Morgan, Jason Boland, Mike and The Moonpies, and many more! 


With a full tour schedule all the way into next year with national artists like: The Steel Woods, Whiskey Myers, Casey Donahew, David Lee Murphy, Rodney Atkins and more, you can guarantee Joshua and The SMS are soon to be name everyone’s hearing.


Black Diamond Strings welcomes Kristian Attard — one of the world’s most sought-after bass players. Relocating from Australia to Los Angeles to pursue music some years back, Kristian recently soared to new highs in his already formidable career – joining the coveted ranks of international superstar Jason Mraz.

ADAM BLACKSTONE  ( left ) on Black Diamond N550M Nickel Bass

 On TV, radio or at a live concert at your favorite stadium, the Adam Blackstone sound has certainly permeated your eardrums. Blackstone is not only a multi-faceted bass player, musician, Emmy nominated Music Director and Grammy award winning writer, he is the musical mastermind behind the live shows of many of today’s biggest artists.

He has served as the Musical Director for acts such as Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Eminem and recently he cultivated the live 20/20 Experience and Super Bowl 52 Halftime Show alongside Justin Timberlake. With each new endeavor these artists become family and fall in love with Blackstone’s easy demeanor and standard for excellence. Blackstone’s TV legacy continues to expand as Music Director and On-screen personality. His expertise has has shaped todays biggest shows, including the Oscars, NBC’s “The Voice,” the Grammy Awards, numerous BET, VH1 and MTV specials and as the Music Director for The hit Fox show “The Four.”


The Crabgrass Cowboys - Hapi McKenzie and Patty Pfister and The Crabgrass Cowboys prefer Black Diamond Strings. They are packaged for freshness, last longer with a wonderful sound, and don't wimp out whether we're in the studio recording our new CD, playing the outdoor festivals in the heat and humidity or inside a concert hall. 

FICTION SYXX released their debut, "TALL DARK SECRETS", which was released via MELODIC ROCK RECORDS and was well received worldwide in 2017. MARK ALLEN LANOUE (Chasing karma/Biloxi/Persian Risk), Tony "The Fretless Monster" Franklin (Kenny Wayne Shepard/The Firm/Blue Murder), JK Northrup (King Kobra/XYZ), Eric Ragno (Joel Lynn Turner/Graham Bonnet), and Rory Faciane came together to create a Smoking release. 

Kyle Jarvis IIIrd generation - Kyle Jarvis grew up listening to traditional country and bluegrass such as Keith Whitley, George Jones, Jimmy Martin, and JD Crowe. Kyle is very personable with fans! He just loves the music and the people. Kyle has put together a great group and they compliment each other!  they are looking to perform at different venues throughout the country!!  



Brantley is now signed to the Valory division of Big Machine Records where he has released three studio albums – a deluxe edition of "Halfway to Heaven", "Just as I Am", "The Devil Don't Sleep", and 11 country chart entries – four of which have gone to number one!. He also wrote Jason Aldean's singles "My Kinda Party" and "Dirt Road Anthem".




Shawn Cavanaugh Shawn is an award winning pro bassist based in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. Shawn has released several solo and full band records under his own name (Shawn Cav) as well as recorded for several other performers. Shawn has an extensive amount of live performance experience from performing at legendary venues such as The Stone Pony to doing east coast tours with lots of different musical acts. You can see where Shawn will be performing next by following his bandsintown page or twitter/instagram pages : @shawncavbass. 



John Seda-THE PRODUCER- Founder of the digital music distribution site. John Seda and his Rising Sun Music recording studios in Tampa Florida, have proven experience gained over more than 30 years. John has worked for a long and unwavering career in music, including roles as a performer, songwriter, producer, audio engineer, sound engineer, and more. He has collaborated with Grammy, Gold, Platinum, and Hall of Fame recipients and generated soundtrack credits seen on Bright House, Cablevision, Cox, Time Warner and many more. John Seda is endorsed by Black Diamond Strings and Cubase Pro and all Steinberg products. More about John 


Ben O’Neill, guitarist with John Legend and Jill Scott and long time Black Diamond String endorser.


Wimberley Bluegrass Band is comprised entirely of four siblings based in Southern California! They provide fun and wholesome musical entertainment, and strive to keep the traditional sounds of bluegrass music alive and well by taking it to new audiences. Danielle Wimberley plays the mandolin, James Wimberley plays banjo, Mark Wimberley, his twin, plays guitar, and Michael Wimberley plays the fiddle. They all sing, with Michael usually taking the lead and the others singing that tight harmony unique to family groups. They are honored to be endorsing artists with some great companies: Weber Mandolin Company, Deering Banjo Company, Black Diamond Strings, L.R. Baggs acoustic pickups, and G&H Plugs.



John Hunt - Born and raised in one of Southern Maryland's most rural areas. With a blood line that stretches back (on the very same soil) a half dozen generations is no stranger to hard times, sore backs and blistered hands. John Hunt and his "OldLine Co." make this uniquely and unmistakably evident in the music they play whether it be full band or solo acoustic.

 The Singing Preacher Lewisburg, Penna"I highly recommend medium gauge silver plated Black Diamond strings. I have been using them since I was 18 years old and I will be 77 shortly. I have tried other brands but have found Black Diamond to be my choice over others. The price is reasonable and worth the cost."

"I bought several random sets of strings for my dread because I have not found a 'go-to' brand of strings yet. I like Elixirs, but not enough to continually pay $15/set for. Ernie Balls (my electric go-to brand) on acoustic sound too brassy for my tastes. Of all the random sets I bought, these were far and above the best sounding (to my ear), and still 2/3 the cost of Elixirs. They sound very stringy, light and airy. A kind of shimmery-vocal sound, not harsh and nasty like phosphor bronzes. Plenty of projection. Eventually, the set I had broke, and I a set of Elixirs laying around, so I put them back on. I was disappointed with the Elixirs. So, I'm sold on these strings now." Pscheoverdrive MD

"Give these a try, you may love'em! Seem to be well made strings. Black Diamond is reborn and seems to be doing a great job with this string. I've only played one set but love them. The Black color and feel is unique but becomes really nice after awhile. the coating will wear off in time, but it helps the string last much longer and even it the coating wears off where the pick hits the strings, no big deal for me, the string still sounds good. I have 3 Martin Vintage Reissues, a 1995 Golden Era D18, one of 250 which is what I have used the BDs on and love the sound and feel. I plan on putting them on my HD28 LSV next. Both of these guitars are cannons!! "Sharpsound TN


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