Hi I'm Dan Turner and I play lead guitar for the Arkansas based underground metal band Dark Embrace (www.myspace.com/darkembrace72401). I've played guitar over 18 years and it is a genuine passion and pure joy for me. It would be a dream come true to win this contest. If I won the Dean Guitars Get Your Wings Shredder Search then I would use that opportunity to not only promote Dean Guitars but I would take the initiative to promote my band Dark Embrace and my solo music. I took a few lessons and studied music theory at Arkansas State University but I am mostly self taught through guitar magazines and jamming with other guitarists. My influences are widely varied as I love most types of music. Some influences on my playing are Dimebag Darrell, Metallica, Dave Mustaine, David Gilmour, Zakk Wylde, Gary Moore, John McLaughlin, Tool, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tom Morello, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Joe Satriani, and Jimi Hendrix. Last year Dark Embrace recorded a 5 song EP, which was produced,recorded, and marketed independently and has sold over 500 copies so far. Dark Embrace regularly gigs in the Mid-South and has received heavy local radio airplay. Finally,some say shredding is soulless. I say if you jam with all your heart and soul and love it no matter what others say then you are an unstoppable force.