Daniel Duke is an award winning singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland.
Last year Daniel won first place in the folk/singer-songwriter category of the International Songwriting Competition, with his song ‘Borderline’. The contest, judged by industry professionals and bands like London Grammar and Bastille, included Vance Joy and Kimbra in its list of winners.
This year, he took the ‘unpublished prize’ of the Unsigned Only songwriting competition and is now being mentored by top music publishers. As well as this Daniel won ‘Best Unsigned Male’ in the Best of British 2016 Unsigned Music Awards, voted for by listeners of the nationally syndicated BoB Unsigned Radio show.
The Irish Troubadour honed his skills busking on the streets of Belfast, and it shows in the sheer power of his voice and, what Folkroom Records describes as the “catchy, Fleetwood Mac-does-folk-sing-a-long-anthems” sound of his songs.
After launching a hugely successful Kickstarter Campaign in January, Daniel’s debut album, ‘Brother’, was released on the 29th April 2016. The album, an ode to family, friends and heartbreak, has been well received and has gained regional and national radio airplay.
Hiddenherd.com had this to say about the first single, ‘Lessons’: “Hoarse, soulful and soaring, his distinctive voice veers between Ray LaMontagne at his earthy and world-weary finest and David Gray at his most bittersweet and emotive.”
After racking up more than 3 million youtube views, Daniel was approached and signed by BBTV, the world’s largest Youtube network, with links to Fremantle Media, Huffington Post and Sony BMG.
With glowing praise from the likes of Tom Jones, Rita Ora, Will.i.am, Olly Murs and Livingston Taylor, an army of dedicated fans behind him, and plans for a second album in 2017, Daniel is one to watch. Brother is available everywhere now.