He was selected to open for Bon Jovi in May 2013 as a part of the ‘Because We Can World Tour’. Daniel performed with his band to a crowd of 60 000 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Baron won a Wawela Music Award for ‘Best Male Artist & Composer’ and was nominated for ‘Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary’. The awards applaud South Africa’s international breakout tunes that go beyond borders to achieve success on a global scale. With a songwriting ability that has led him to become very sought-after in the music industry, he has written songs for other artists and corporates alike. DB’s sound ranges from inspirational and meaningful ballads to edgy pop/rock tunes with elements of electronica. Baron is also known for his radio hits ‘Paint My Blue Sky’, ‘Different Feeling’ (Debuted on BBC Radio 2), ‘A Lion’s Heart’ (Written for his cousin who was a Cancer victim) and ‘See Thru’ ft. Lize (Reached #12 on Take40SA). In the US he has gained the attention of various producers for film and music alike.
He penned and recorded 3 songs for the international feature documentary film STUCK (‘Wrongfully Detained’, ‘Both Ends Burning’ & ‘Failure To Thrive’. His music has also received recognition from the highly acclaimed Patrick Magneralla (Manager of Green Day and Goo Goo Dolls). Daniel has toured the country and performed to vast audiences and corporates. He has also performed in the US, UK and Switzerland. “I write music to move people.” He was born in Johannesburg and has been singing since a very young age.
Daniel is a self taught musician on drums, bass and piano – he has never attended lessons – and his ear for music has led him to become a skilled singer/songwriter. Over the years he has performed in restaurants, theatres, jazz bars and clubs. He finished high school in 2009 which is the same year he competed in Simon Fuller’s ‘South African Idol’. He placed 9th in the competition, which led him to huge opportunities such as local performances, sponsors and even an international gig.
His style is a mix of pop and rock, but can’t be limited to a single genre because of his countless influences and wide appreciation of music. Growing up with a vast spectrum of musical genres, from the rock sounds of U2, Def Leppard and Journey – to the pop beats of Michael Jackson, Prince and the Bee Gees – to this day he aspires to make music with the emotion that radiated from those songs. “Every kind of music I hear influences me in one way or another.” Daniel mentions “… I write music to move people.” And with his distinctive voice, unique sound, profound lyrics, and rockstar live performances with his band you are bound to be moved. He is a prolific songwriter, having penned 3 songs for the soundtrack of the upcoming film STUCK, including the main feature theme song – he is also featured in the music video which was filmed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Among other projects, Daniel co-wrote the hit afrikaans song, “Liefde Soldaat” which is performed by the SA boy band ‘Adam’.
He has also collaborated with SA rap star Obita. Daniel has been in and out of the studio since 2005, and has worked with top producers such as Darryl Torr (Zebra and Giraffe) and well-known artist/producer, Kreesan. He recorded his EP album, “Paint My Blue Sky”, with highly rated SA producer Myles Shannon. He is currently working with the producer responsible for his smash singles, “Different Feeling” & "So Much More", Brendan Campbell.
On a whole new front, he has composed songs and jingles for a number of large corporate companies. Daniel is always writing and recording new material. His music is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and RhythmRecords.co.za. For more information about the worldwide documentary that Daniel is a part of go to www.bothendsburning.org Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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