They gave up everything to make music. Now, having just returned from Las Vegas where they opened for New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, they’re still Daring Greatly.

Daring Greatly is a Calgary-based band fronted by bassist Dail Croome and his adult sons, acoustic guitarist Patrick Croome and keyboardist Liam Croome. Together, they write and sing, forming a three-part “blood harmony” that’s rounded out by drummer Brayden Tario and guitarist Brandon Haddow.

Years ago, Dail chased his music dream in Nashville, only to return to Calgary to settle down and start a job in the energy industry -- a gig that just never felt right.

"I'm sitting in my corner office of one of the fastest growing companies in Canada, and I'm still wondering why I'm not super happy or fulfilled,” he told CTV Calgary.

Croome didn’t want his sons to feel that same ennui, so, when the economy in Calgary started to slip, he saw the perfect opportunity. The family, which has been playing music together since Patrick and Liam were children, packed their bags and hit the road.

“It was time to get out of Calgary,” Dail’s younger son, Liam, said. “There were a few relationships that we had to leave behind, but it kind of turned into some awesome inspiration and we wrote a lot of songs about it."

The band was on tour when they heard about a contest to open for Bon Jovi.

"We saw that the Las Vegas date was February 25th, and that was right at the end of our tour,” Tario added.

They entered the music video for their song “Shine” and were thrilled to learn that frontman Jon Bon Jovi had personally picked them from more than 4,000 entries.

On Feb. 25, Daring Greatly rocked out in front of 10,000 people in Las Vegas, a moment captured on video by concert promoter Live Nation.

Daring Greatly even had a chance to meet with Bon Jovi.

"They were actually really receptive and appreciative of the music,” Patrick said.

 

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The band, about to kick off a tour, will be playing a hometown show Friday night at Calgary’s National Music Centre.

With files from CTV Calgary