Daniel James (record producer)

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Daniel James
Birth nameDaniel David Pringle
Born (1975-07-21) 21 July 1975 (age 43)
  • Producer
  • songwriter
  • music executive
Years active2000–present
LabelsLayer Cake
Associated acts

Daniel James is an Australian record producer and songwriter. His genres include pop, dance, electropop, as well as pop rock.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

James was born in Sydney, but grew up briefly in New Zealand until the age of 5, when he relocated back to Sydney. Around age 12 he began singing and performing in church, which inspired him to begin a career in music. He started writing songs at the age of 17 and became involved with various touring bands, as well as his solo project Eden. Eden received airplay on 2Day FM, Sydney's top pop station as part of a song competition.


In 2002 James and wife Leah Haywood met and began writing together on a duet electronic project "Dreamlab"; they went on to write "Top of the World" performed by Mandy Moore featured on the Stuart Little 2 soundtrack.[1] They continued producing and writing together creating the production company under their most recent artist endeavour, Dreamlab.[2] In 2004 James alongside Haywood co-wrote and co-produced Aly and AJ's debut top 40 single "Rush" and produced 8 tracks on the record; which has sold in excess of a million records worldwide.[3] James also co-wrote half the tracks and produced the entire record The Moon Under Water for Ryan Cabrera.[4]

With his initial mainstream success James went on to produce and write "Promise", "Drive", and "Afriad" off Vanessa Hudgens album V.[5] In 2009 he produced and co-wrote the hit single "Supergirl" for Miley Cyrus off the album Hannah Montana 3, which debuted at number five on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart.[6] During this time period he also produced and wrote "Masquerade" for Ashley Tisdale off her album Guilty Pleasure. James later went on to produce and co-write 3 tracks off Demi Lovato's album Unbroken as well as "Hit the Lights" for Selena Gomez which is her next single off the album When the Sun Goes Down.[2] From then he has worked with Grammy Award nominated artist Nicki Minaj, co-producing and co-writing the track "Marilyn Monroe". After his continued success, Dreamlab set up the imprint Layer Cake Records with their first signings of Neon Hymns and Hunter Parrish.


Year Artist Album Details
2005 Aly & AJ Into the Rush Producer, writer, ("Rush","In a Second") Producer ("No One","Collapsed","Out of the Blue","Something More","Protecting Me","I Am One of Them")
2006 Vanessa Hudgens V Producer, writer, ("Promise", "Drive","Afraid")
2007 Cheetah Girls TCG Producer, writer, ("So Bring It On","Uh-Oh")
2008 Britney Spears Circus Vocals, ("Out From Under")
Vanessa Hudgens Identified Programmer, arranger ("Did it Ever Cross your Mind","Papercut")
Ryan Cabrera The Moon Under Water Producer, writer ("Say","Relax","Say You Will","In Between Lights","Should've Kissed You") Producer ("I Will Remember You","Please Don't Lie To Me","How Bout Tonight")
Jordan Pruitt Permission to Fly Producer, writer ("One Love","Simple Things")
Michael Paynter Producer, co-writer, ("Lay My Armour Down","Let Go")
2009 Selena Gomez & the Scene Original Motion Picture Hollywood Soundtrack Producer, writer ("Magical")
Miley Cyrus Hannah Montana 3 Producer, writer, ("Supergirl")
Ashley Tisdale Guilty Pleasure Producer, writer ("Masquerade")
Cassie Davis Differently Producer, writer ("Do It Again")
Camera Can't Lie Days & Days Producer, writer ("The One That Got Away")
LoveHateHero America Underwater Producer, co-writer ("America Underwater Album")
2010 The Wanted The Wanted Producer, co-writer ("Say It on The Radio")
Debi Nova Producer, writer ("Drummer Boy")
Allison Iraheta Just Like You Producer, writer ("Pieces")
SoundGirl Something to Dream About Producer, co-writer ("Hero")
BC Jean Producer, writer ("Shattered","Get All Over Me")
2011 Demi Lovato Unbroken Producer, co-writer ("Unbroken","Mistake","Hold Up")
Selena Gomez & the Scene 'When the Sun Goes Down Producer, co-writer ("Hit the Lights")
Girls' Generation Girls' Generation Co-writer ("I'm in Love With the Hero","Beautiful Stranger","Born to Be a Lady")
Avery Producer, co-writer ("Go Screw Yourself","That Girl","Next Level")
2012 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Co-producer, co-writer ("Marilyn Monroe")
Bridgit Mendler Hello My Name Is... Producer, co-writer, Mixed ("Blonde")
2013 Selena Gomez Stars Dance Producer, co-writer ("Like A Champion", "Write Your Name", "Music Feels Better", "Lover in Me")
Selena Gomez Come & Get It Vocal producer
Nikki Williams Glowing Co-producer, co-writer
2014 The Veronicas The Veronicas (album) Producer, writer. (Cruel, Teenage Millionaire)


  1. ^ "Stuart Little 2 Soundtrack" IMDB. Retrieved 9 March 2012
  2. ^ a b "Daniel James and Leah Haywood (Dreamlab)" Archived 1 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Advanced Alternative Media. Retrieved 9 March 2012
  3. ^ "Aly and AJ". BMI. Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  4. ^ "The Moon Under Water" Artistdirect Ryan 13 March 2012
  5. ^ "Vanessa Hudgens" Artistdirect Vanessa 13 March 2012
  6. ^ "Singles Chart: "Supergirl"". Billboard. 13 March 2010.