Clint Daniels was born in Panama City, FL, on August 24 in 1974. He grew up in Lynn Haven, a suburb of Panama City, where he learned to ride horses. His father was a painter and played guitar, and his mother worked at home. Recalling those early years, Daniels remembers singing with his sister and in church. He also claims to have been influenced by bluegrass music. At the age of 12 he began to teach himself guitar. Locked in his room with Haggard and Jones, he began to figure out the chords and notes he needed to play the songs he loved so much.
Like many future honky tonkers, Daniels played in a number of bands and found his way into a good many dives. Being underage was not keeping him from his dreams, and after he graduated from high school, he set off for Nashville, something he would do several times before finding his way through the Music City system. Discovered by a member of Arista's A&R staff while rehearsing a song he wrote in a Nashville studio, Daniels was soon signed.
Releasing his self-titled debut project on September 15, 1998, placed Daniels on the rising tide that seemed to indicate a return to more traditional forms of country music. With a strong baritone voice and some hearty honky tonk songwriting skills, Daniels appeared to be in the right place at the right time.