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 Eighth 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 English to kids by using Dennis’ song and book.
Early in 2020, Dennis was featured on the popular PBS TV show Backroads. Produced by Lakeland Public Broadcasting, the sold out concert celebrated his original music and was syndicated throughout the PBS network.
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 859,000 hits.
Most importantly perhaps, Warner is an outstanding entertainer. Ballads are cleverly blended with up-tempo songs, audience participation and engaging humorous stories. A warm stage presence and ability to connect with his audience is the trademark of a Dennis Warner concert.
Throughout his career, Dennis has collaborated with many noted musicians, including rock and roll legend Bobby Vee, J.D. Steele, Freebo, James Lee Stanley, Prudence Johnson, Peter Ostroushko, Paul Diethelm and George Maurer.
Though he calls Minnesota home, Warner loves to travel and tour, either solo or 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.