Danny O'Donoghue

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Danny O'Donoghue
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O'Donoghue performing with The Script.
Background information
Birth name Daniel John Mark Luke O'Donoghue
Born (1980-10-03) 3 October 1980 (age 34)[1]
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, panelist
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, guitar
Years active 1998–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment

Daniel John Mark Luke O'Donoghue (born 3 October 1980)[1] is an Irish singer-songwriter known for being the frontman of the Irish pop band The Script and as a coach on the first two series of the television singing talent show The Voice UK.

Early life

Danny O'Donoghue was born 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, O'Donoghue was initially against the idea of being a musician; however, he ended up dropping out of school to pursue a musical career.[2]

Early career

Danny 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] The band has since released two more albums: Science and Faith on September 2010 and #3 on September 2012.[6] 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.

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."[7] 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. 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."[8] 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.[9] In the second series, Andrea Begley from his team went on to unexpectedly win.

O'Donoghue also 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.[10] He was replaced for the third series by Ricky Wilson.

Personal life

O'Donoghue's father died of a stomach aneurysm on 14 February 2008 at the age of 63. The rose tattoo on O'Donoghue's left arm is to commemorate the date.[11] The song "If You Could See Me Now" from their album #3 is written in memory of him.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Danny O'Donoghue". Glamour Magazine. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Day, Elizabeth (27 May 2012). "Danny O'Donoghue: 'I idolised Dad. I'd bring home my songs to him like paychecks'". London: The Observer. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Day, Elizabeth (27 May 2012). "Danny O'Donoghue: 'I idolised Dad. I'd bring home my songs to him like paychecks'". London: The Observer. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Oh Danny boy! Script revel in chart success". Irish Independent. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Chart History". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Script". 
  7. ^ "The Script - Biography". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Hooton, Christopher. "The Voice’s Danny O’Donoghue hits back at ‘Danny I Dunno Who’ jokes". Metro. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Bray, Elisa (5 October 2012). "The Script find a voice". London: The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Sperling, Daniel. "Danny O'Donoghue leaves 'The Voice' UK". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Day, Elizabeth (27 May 2012). "Danny O'Donoghue: 'I idolised Dad. I'd bring home my songs to him like paychecks'". London: The Observer. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Murphy, Eoin (4 August 2012). "The man who can be moved to tears: Danny O’Donoghue pours his heart out over The Script’s tragic losses, why he went on The Voice and how he’s not over his ex". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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