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Dan Wunsch was born in Prague in the Czech Republic, and at an early age, his family immigrated to the United States. For many years, he was a system computer analyst with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut and honed his songwriting craft  by playing venues in Greenwich Village in New York City including the legendary club Folk City. In the 90’s, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in entertainment on a full time basis.
 
In 1995, Wunsch with his partner, Brad Fischer, founded the music magazine, Nashville Music Guide (NMG). This print publication quickly became the music bible of Nashville whose readership today includes music fans, artists and industry professionals throughout the US.  
 
Wunsch, as a contributing journalist to NMG, took pride in not only writing articles and  interviewing major celebrities like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Chris Young, Hank Thompson, Marty Raybon, Johnny Lee, Sherrie Austin, Litttle Big Town to mention a few, , but, most of all, giving press exposure to music artists before “they were discovered.” Just recently, Wunsch featured an “unknown“ Nashville club duo called Steele Magnolia in a news article in NMG and categorized them as being “one of the top three unsigned acts in Nashville.” Six months later, Joshua Scott and Meghan Linsey of Steel Magnolia won the 2009 CMT show “Can You Duet,” were signed to a major record label contract with Big Machine Records and now have the smash hit “Keep On Loving You” on the Country Billboard Singles Chart. Other artists that Wunsch spotted in the clubs as having star potential before bing "signed" were Warren Brothers, Tobi Lee (lead singer of group Mustang Sally), Kimberley Dahme (member of rock group Boston), Keith Urban ( lead singer of  band 4 Wheel Drive), Amanda Williams (Nashville Singer- songwriter) and Brad Wolf (Nashville recording artist).
 
As a songwriter, Wunsch’s songs have been recorded by several artists including David Frizzell (ACM and CMA award winning recording artist), Charlie Wayne (lead singer of the rock group Bullet Boys), Nashstreet (winners of the Colgate Country Showdown), Storm Seymour (Winner of the national IFCO talent search contest), Carlos Deford Bailey (grandsopn of Opry legend Deford Bailey), Terri Lynn (Nashville Blues siinger), Melanie Ayers (California recording aritst), TomTempleton (Nashville singer-songwriter), Kitty Hawk (Washington DC singer-songwriter) and Augusta Purvis (Nashville singer-songwriter).
 
In January of 2010, Wunsch sold the Nashville Music Guide to Randy Mathews, the owner of  TCM, an independent record label, and  Up-Front Promotions Nashville. This has enabled Wunsch to pursue other creative interests. In June of this year, his screenplays and reality show treatments caught the attention of the Robb Company, a talent agency in LA, and the company has signed Wunsch to a one year literary representation contract.
 
Wunsch regards his greatest achievement to date is a project that happened by chance when he re-visited his native country in September of 2009. After brainstorming with his cousin Honza Prucha, a native of Prague, the two organized a walking tour in Prague, re-visiting the locations of the protest rallies during the Velvet Revolution in 1989, that resulted in the fall of communism and a “free” Czechoslovakia. The walking tour has become very popular with school children, who learn first hand about their history. In Wunsch’s own words, “I consider it an honor to give back to my native country and positively influence and inspire the children of the Czech republic”
 
Encouraged by their first collaborative success, Honza Prucha and Wunsch teamed up for their current venture, Play Prague, A Music Conference And Festival. Wunsch brings his experience, expertise and connections in the music business to the project while Prucha, an accomplished blues and rock Musician and professional banker in Prague, is supplying the on-location music expertise.
 
Wunsch has been a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), National Academy of Recording Arts And Sciences (NARAS), the Independent Artist Association, The Nashville Association of Recording Artists and the Country Music Association.
 
 
 
 
Dan Wunsch
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