Danny O'Donoghue

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Danny O'Donoghue
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O'Donoghue performing with The Script
Background information
Birth nameDaniel John Mark Luke O'Donoghue
Born (1980-10-03) 3 October 1980 (age 38) [1]
Dublin, Ireland
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • panelist
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
Years active1998–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment

Daniel John Mark Luke O'Donoghue (born 3 October 1980) [2] is an Irish singer-songwriter known for being the frontman of the Irish alternative rock band The Script and as a coach on the first two series of the television singing talent show The Voice UK .

The Script is an Irish pop band formed in 2001 in Dublin, Ireland. They first released music in 2008. It consists of lead vocalist and keyboardist Daniel O'Donoghue, lead guitarist Mark Sheehan, and drummer and bassist Glen Power. The band moved to London after signing to Sony Label Group imprint Phonogenic and released its eponymous debut album of the same name, in August 2008, preceded by the successful singles "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" and "Breakeven". The album peaked at number one in both Ireland and the UK. Their next three albums, Science & Faith (2010), #3 (2012) and No Sound Without Silence (2014), all topped the album charts in Ireland and the UK, while Science & Faith reached number three in the US. Hit singles from the albums include "For the First Time", "Nothing", "Hall of Fame" and "Superheroes". The band's fifth studio album, Freedom Child, was released on September 1, 2017 and features the UK Top 20 single "Rain".

<i>The Voice UK</i> UK TV series

The Voice UK is a British television talent show created by John de Mol and based on the concept The Voice of Holland. It began airing on BBC One on 24 March 2012. There are five different stages to the show: producers' auditions, blind auditions, battle phase, knockouts, and live shows. The winner receives £100,000 and a record deal with Republic Records. There have been seven winners to date: Leanne Mitchell, Andrea Begley, Jermain Jackman, Stevie McCrorie, Kevin Simm, Mo Adeniran and Ruti Olajugbagbe.


Early life

Danny O'Donoghue was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Shay O'Donoghue, a member of the band The Dreams, and Ailish O'Donoghue. He is the youngest of six children and was raised in Ballinteer, Dublin. [1] As a child, he was initially against the idea of being a musician; however, he ended up dropping out of school to pursue a musical career. [3]

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Early career

O'Donoghue was originally a member of a late 1990s band called Mytown with friend (and now also band member of The Script) Mark Sheehan, after being signed to Universal Records in 1999. After its moderate success, O'Donoghue moved to Los Angeles with Sheehan to write songs and produce for artists such as Britney Spears, Boyz II Men and TLC. [4]

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After one year of writing, O'Donoghue and Sheehan moved back to Dublin and, recruiting drummer Glen Power, started working on their own material. They formed the band The Script in 2001. [5]

The Script

The band released their eponymous debut album on 8 August 2008. O'Donoghue co-wrote all the songs on the album. The album went on to become a commercial success, especially in their home country of Ireland, peaking at number one on the Irish Album Chart. [6] The band has since released three more albums: Science and Faith in September 2010, #3 in September 2012, and No Sound Without Silence in September 2014. [7] The Script have toured since early March 2013 for their #3 tour in the UK. They performed in some of the UK's largest arenas and cities such Birmingham, London and Manchester.

<i>The Script</i> (album) 2008 studio album by The Script

The Script is the Choice Music Prize-nominated self-titled debut album from Irish pop rock band The Script, which was released in the Republic of Ireland on 8 August 2008 and was released in the UK on 11 August 2008 by Phonogenic Records. Following success in the Republic of Ireland, the album was released elsewhere in Europe in September 2008. The album topped the UK charts and peaked at #64 on the US Billboard 200 on 4 March 2010.

<i>3</i> (The Script album) 2012 studio album by The Script

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<i>No Sound Without Silence</i> 2014 studio album by The Script

No Sound Without Silence is the fourth studio album by Irish pop rock band The Script. The album was released by Columbia Records on 12 September 2014 in Ireland and Friday-release countries and on 15 September 2014 in the United Kingdom. The album is the band's first full-length release under Columbia, after releasing their previous three studio albums under Phonogenic Records in Europe and Epic Records in the United States.

The Voice UK

In 2012 O'Donoghue made his first appearance in The Voice UK alongside Jessie J, will.i.am and Tom Jones as a coach. The decision was supported by bandmates Glen Power and Mark Sheehan, who said: "Danny did The Voice to put a face to The Script. We know about producing, song writing and performing – we’ve been doing it since we were 14 or 15. Danny on a show about singing was good for us. People saw how passionate he is about music, how much it means to him and it made our band better known." [8] The appointment of O'Donoghue as coach initially drew criticism, with Twitter users branding him "Danny I Dunno Who" and comedian James Corden joking about it at the 2012 BRIT Awards.

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O'Donoghue retaliated saying "James who? Whatever. It’s up to other people to make up their own minds. I know I’m on this show for what I’ve done in my career. I’ve spent 15 years in the music industry, it’s all I know." [9] Since then, however, the show has helped contribute to O'Donoghue's popularity, with O'Donoghue stating there was a "big outpouring of love for The Script" but adding that it "could have gone the other way." In the first series, he coached Bo Bruce, who went on to become the runner-up. Since then, she has had moderate success. He was asked to appear as a judge for The Voice again in 2013 after leading 'Team Danny' to great success. [10] In the second series, Andrea Begley from his team went on to unexpectedly win.

O'Donoghue co-wrote the track "Alive" for Bo Bruce's album Before I Sleep . On 16 July 2013, O'Donoghue announced he was leaving the show to concentrate on The Script. [11] He was replaced for the third series by Ricky Wilson.

Personal life

O'Donoghue's father died of stomach aneurysm on 14 February 2008, at the age of 63. The rose tattoo on O'Donoghue's left arm [12] and the song "If You Could See Me Now" from their album #3 are dedicated to the memory of his father. [13] His mother Ailish died 14 February 2019, exactly 11 years after her husband.

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Hall of Fame (song) song by The Script

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Rain (The Script song) 2017 single by The Script

"Rain" is a song by Irish rock band The Script. It was written by James Barry, Camille Purcell, Mark Sheehan and Danny O'Donoghue, with the latter two and Andrew Frampton, Jimbo Wallace, Max Farrar handling the song's production. The song was released on 14 July 2017, through Sony Music, as the lead single from the band's fifth studio album Freedom Child.

<i>Freedom Child</i> 2017 studio album by The Script

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