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June 22, 2008

Daniel Powter

Daniel Powter Vital Stats
Birth Name:
Daniel Powter
Birth Date: February 21, 1971
Birth Place: Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Height: Not known
Romantic Link: Not known

Daniel Powter Interesting Facts

Daniel Powter’s favorite author is Raymond Carver.

When Daniel Powter was young, he was in a terrible car accident that left a prominent scar on his head. He wears beanie hats to keep it covered.

Daniel Powter Biography

Born on February 21, 1971, in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, by age 4, Daniel Powter was already playing the violin to accompany his mom, who was a professional pianist.

When he was still quite young, Daniel was in a terrible car accident that left him with a deep scar on his head. It was at this point that Daniel began wearing hats to cover his head (it is now his trademark).

Daniel Powter is dyslexic

But at 12 years of age, when two bullies beat Daniel up because he was carrying a violin case with him after he played at a talent show in grade school, he decided to give up the instrument. But it wasn’t due to this incident alone; Daniel is dyslexic and his music teacher kept pointing out that his music sheets were upside down.

When Daniel turned 15, he opted to follow in his mother’s footsteps and took up the piano, which he enjoyed playing very much because it gave him the ability to play multiple notes at once.

When he was a senior in high school, Daniel put together a band, but unfortunately, performing in front of a live audience terrified him to the extent that he had to sing with his back to the crowd. It wouldn’t take long before Daniel began to enjoy performing, however, and by his second gig, he was feeling more comfortable as a performer.

In 1989, Powter began attending Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but his dyslexia issues began to surface again and he would receive Fs for his inability to read correctly. So by his sophomore year, Powter dropped out of school and found his own way to make his music career a success.

Powter works with Jeff Dawson

Powter moved back to Vancouver and ended up meeting collaborator Jeff Dawson, and the two worked on writing songs and producing music. After the two put together a demo tape and began sending it off to record executives, Daniel Powter was invited to New York to audition.

Unfortunately for him, Powter was still nervous about performing in front of an audience and choked in front of the record executives, which left him back where he started. So Powter returned to Vancouver and continued to write songs.

Lucky for Powter, music manager Gary Stamler liked his music so much that he sent his demo tape to Tom Whalley, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records, which landed Powter the chance to meet with him in Los Angeles.

Daniel Powter has a Bad Day

Soon after, Powter chose to have Mitchell Froom produce his debut effort and, in 2005, his self-titled album was released in Europe, because his first single release “Bad Day” was selected for an ad campaign there.

The single did really well in Europe, hitting No. 1 in Germany and France, taking the No. 2 spot in the UK, and hitting up the No. 3 spot in France.

Soon after, the album was released in North America and again, the single reached No. 1 in both the U.S. and Canada, and in April 2006, Powter won a Juno Award (a Canadian Grammy equivalent) for Best New Artist. His single “Bad Day” was even used on American Idol (season 5) whenever contestants got voted off the shoe. Powter performed the song at the end of the season.

Powter releases Under The Radar

After completing his tour throughout Europe in 2006, Powter returned to writing more music to put together his sophomore album, Under The Radar, which was released in 2008.

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