Daniel Bedingfield

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Daniel Bedingfield
Bedingfield performing in 2007
Background information
Birth nameDaniel John Bedingfield
Born (1979-12-03) 3 December 1979 (age 39) [1]
Auckland, New Zealand
Origin London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • programming
Years active
  • 2001–present
Associated acts
Website danielbedingfield.com

Daniel John Bedingfield (born 3 December 1979) is an English-New Zealand singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle. He was a judge on The X Factor New Zealand in 2013.

English people Nation and ethnic group native to England

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New Zealand Country in Oceania

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Natasha Bedingfield English singer and songwriter

Natasha Anne Bedingfield is an English singer and songwriter. Bedingfield released her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music. It enjoyed international success with more than 2.3 million copies sold worldwide. Bedingfield received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the title track "Unwritten", and at the 2005 and 2006 Brit Awards she was nominated for Best British Female Artist. Unwritten also produced her only UK number one, "These Words".


Music career

2001–2003: Gotta Get Thru This and international breakthrough

He released his first single, "Gotta Get Thru This" in November 2001. It gathered momentum on white label through the UK garage music scene, and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. He has since had two more number-one singles on the chart ― "If You're Not The One" and "Never Gonna Leave Your Side" ― as well as three further top ten hits. His debut album, also titled Gotta Get Thru This , which was recorded at home using Making Waves Audio software, [2] peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and went on to sell more than 4 million copies worldwide. [3]

Gotta Get Thru This (song) 2001 single by Daniel Bedingfield

"Gotta Get Thru This" is a song by British singer Daniel Bedingfield. It was released in November 2001 as the lead single from his debut studio album of the same name (2002). The track, along with some others, was recorded in Bedingfield's bedroom with his PC and a microphone, using the music software Reason.

White label

White label records are vinyl records with plain white labels attached. There are several variations each with a different purpose. Variations include test pressings, white label promos, and plain white labels.

UK garage is a genre of electronic music originating from England in the early 1990s. The genre emerged from styles such as garage house, R&B, jungle, and dance-pop, and usually features a distinctive 4/4 percussive rhythm with syncopated hi-hats, cymbals and snares, and sometimes includes irregular kick drum patterns. Garage tracks also commonly feature 'chopped up' and time-stretched or pitch-shifted vocal samples complementing the underlying rhythmic structure at a tempo usually around 130 BPM. UK garage gave rise to subgenres such as speed garage and 2-step, and was then largely subsumed into other styles of music and production in the mid-2000s, including bassline, grime and dubstep. The decline of UK garage during the mid-2000s saw the birth of UK funky, which is closely related.

2004–2005: Second First Impression

In 2004, Bedingfield won a BRIT Award for Best British Male Artist. He then moved to the Universal Music subsidiary label Polydor Records to release his second album, Second First Impression , which reached number 8 in the UK. The album sold poorly compared to his first offering, though it did include two UK Top 20 singles, "Nothing Hurts Like Love" (which reached number three) and "Wrap My Words Around You" (which peaked at number 12). The third and final single, "The Way", became his first to miss the top 40, reaching number 41. The album was also released in Singapore (featuring 'If You're Not The One' as a bonus track) but not the US.

Polydor Records multinational record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, owned by Universal Music Group

Polydor is a British record label and company, that operates as part of Universal Music Group. It has a close relationship with Universal's Interscope Geffen A&M Records label, which distributes Polydor's releases in the United States. In turn, Polydor distributes Interscope releases in the United Kingdom. Polydor Records Ltd. was established in London in 1954 as a British subsidiary of German company Deutsche Grammophon GmbH. It was renamed Polydor Ltd. in 1972.

<i>Second First Impression</i> 2004 studio album by Daniel Bedingfield

Second First Impression is the second studio album released by British singer-songwriter Daniel Bedingfield. Released in 2004, it peaked at number eight on the UK Albums Chart. The album title comes from the chorus of track 7 on the album, "Show Me the Real You", and also serves as a reference to this being Bedingfield's second album.

Nothing Hurts Like Love 2004 single by Daniel Bedingfield

"Nothing Hurts Like Love" is the lead single from British singer Daniel Bedingfield's second studio album, Second First Impression. It peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

2006–2011: Diversifying

In an interview with the New Zealand Herald in April 2007, Bedingfield said that, after a four-year hiatus, he had three albums recorded and awaiting release. [4]

Since his last release in 2004, Bedingfield continued to work with other artists. He co-wrote the song "Works for Me!" for American Idol finalist David Archuleta. He has also worked with Pixie Lott, and contributed guest vocals on a track by a former member of The Roots. In December 2009, he co-wrote material with Tessanne Chin as well as recorded three songs with Busy Signal at DJ Karim's Stainless Records studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Bedingfield provided backing vocals for the Kirsten Morrell track "He Walked In" from the album Ultraviolet, [5] which was released in May 2010. In December 2010, Bedingfield spent a month in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he wrote and recorded a song with a local freak folk band, The Raw Men Empire. He concluded his visit with a Tel Aviv gig, hosting Uzi Feinerman, The Raw Men Empire and a variety of other Israeli musicians. In July 2011, he recorded on a dancehall riddim called the Overproof Riddim. Like many of the songs on this riddim, it has been getting good rotation in Jamaica. [6]

<i>American Idol</i> reality game show and singing competition

American Idol is an American singing competition television series created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle USA and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America. It initially aired on Fox from June 11, 2002, to April 7, 2016, for 15 seasons. Since March 11, 2018, a revival of the series has aired on ABC.

David Archuleta American pop singer

David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances. When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on "Star Search 2". In 2008 he finished second on the seventh season of "American Idol".

Pixie Lott British singer, songwriter, and actress

Victoria Louise "Pixie" Lott is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. Her debut single, "Mama Do ", was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single, "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK Singles Chart in September 2009.

2012–2013: "Rocks Off", Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear and The X Factor New Zealand

In February 2012, Bedingfield released the single "Rocks Off" with an accompanying video on MTV which can be viewed here. "Rocks Off" was released alongside B-side "It's Not Me, It's You". On 24 April, Bedingfield released the EP Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear , his first EP release since becoming independent. The EP featured both the previously released "Rocks Off" and "It's Not Me, Its You" as well as five other new tracks. The EP was followed by the release of "Secret Fear" as a single, the video features adult scenes and has gone on to win several awards. On 21 December 2012, Bedingfield took up a role as a judge for the first New Zealand series of The X Factor joining Stan Walker, Melanie Blatt and Ruby Frost. The series premiered on TV3 on 21 April 2013. Bedingfield mentored the Girls category. His sister Natasha appeared as an assistant during the Judges Retreats round. [7] [8] Bedingfield was the winning mentor of series one when his act Jackie Thomas won the competition. [9]

<i>Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear</i> 2013 EP by Daniel Bedingfield

Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear is an EP released by English-New Zealand singer Daniel Bedingfield in 2012. It was re-released in 2013 as a Special Edition with several track changes. "Rocks Off" was released as a single accompanied by "It's Not Me It's You". "Don't Write Me Off" was also released as a single, accompanied by "Secret Fear". Romanian band Dirty Shirt included a cover of "Rocks Off" on their album 'Freak Show'.

The first series of the New Zealand television reality music competition The X Factor premiered on TV3 on 21 April 2013 and ended on 22 July 2013. The show was open to singers aged 14 and over. The contestants were split into the show's four traditional categories: Boys, Girls, Over 25s and Groups.

Stan Walker Australian singer

Stan Walker is an Australian-New Zealand recording artist, actor, and television personality. In 2009, Walker was the winner of the seventh and last season of Australian Idol. He subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. In December 2009, Walker released his debut studio album, Introducing Stan Walker, which included the hit single, "Black Box". The album debuted at number three on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). It also appeared on the New Zealand Albums Chart at number two and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).

2013–present: Songwriting

Currently Bedingfield spends his time writing for a number of artists. He co-wrote "I Wanna Feel" by SecondCity, which debuted number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on 1 June 2014 and stayed in the top 20 for the next six weeks. [10] The song was Bedingfield's fourth number 1 in the UK. Bedingfield spent time working in the studio with K-pop group Spica, [11] including co-producing their first English language single "I Did It". He was also the group's vocal director. [12] In 2015 he co-wrote the song "Testify" which was included on The X Factor UK 2014 winner Ben Haenow's self-titled debut studio album.

From February 2016, Bedingfield appeared in the West End musical The War of the Worlds as The Artilleryman. [13] [ needs update ]

Personal life

While on holiday visiting his parents in New Zealand in 2004, Bedingfield nearly lost his life in a serious car accident. As a result, he was left with severe head and neck injuries because of the car rolling on him. [14]

His parents are leadership trainers and mentors in the voluntary sector and business world. His mother, Molly Bedingfield, is founder and CEO of Global Angels, for which Daniel is doing fundraising work. [15] Bedingfield also helped to launch the Stop the Traffik coalition against modern day slavery.



2002 BRIT Awards Best British Single "Gotta Get Thru This"Nominated
2003 Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording Nominated [16]
BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning SongWon
International Dance Music Awards Best Pop Dance TrackNominated
Best New Dance Artist SoloDaniel BedingfieldWon
Popjustice £20 Music Prize Best British Pop Single"If You're Not the One"Nominated
The Record of the Year Record of the YearNominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Hot Dance Maxi-Single SalesNominated
Top Hot Dance Maxi-Singles Sales ArtistDaniel BedingfieldNominated
2004 BRIT Awards Best British Male Won [17]
Best Pop ActNominated [18]
Best British Album Gotta Get Thru This Nominated [18]
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song"If You're Not the One"Won [19]
2009 International Dance Music Awards Best Music Video"The One" (ft. Sharam)Nominated
2012 Miami Short Film Festival "Secret Fear"Won [20]
2013 Amsterdam Film Festival Van Gogh Prize, Special Jury AwardWon [20]
SXSW Film Festival Best of the FestDaniel BedingfieldNominated

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