Danny Kean is proud of his chosen profession.
“I just think it’s a really cool thing that when people ask, ‘What do you do for a living?’ I can say, ‘I make people happy,’ ” says the Farmingdale singer-songwriter. “I know a lot of people think about what music can do for you. It can be about fame and about money. But it really is about making people happy.”
That pride is the subject of his new bluesy song, “Soul Provider,” as well as the focus of his new EP, “Here It Is” (Ruffle Bird Music), a collection of the various strains of R&B and jazz that makes him feel good.
“I like all kinds of things,” Kean says. “It’s modern R&B and also blues rock and funk. My heroes — like Prince and Stevie [Wonder] — were all like that.”
That means the Motown pop of “I Can’t Wait” sits next to his R&B remake of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and the funkier, modern groove of “You Love Me.”
“I love providing good, healthy escapes for people,” he says. “It’s a cool thing to be a part of.”
Danny Kean plays Pace’s Steakhouse, 325 Nesconset Hwy., Hauppauge, 631-979-7676, at 6 p.m. June 30.
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