Daniel Jones (musician)

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Daniel Jones
Birth name Daniel Jones
Born (1973-07-22) 22 July 1973 (age 42)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Pop, Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, keyboard, piano, synthesizer
Years active 1986–present
Labels Roadshow, Columbia, Meridien Musik
Associated acts Savage Garden
Website level7studios.com.au

Daniel Jones (born 22 July 1973) is a musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his part in the hugely popular Australian pop duo Savage Garden, whose international hit singles included the songs "I Want You", "To the Moon and Back", "Truly Madly Deeply", "I Knew I Loved You", and "Crash and Burn". Since Savage Garden, Jones has launched his own production company (Meridien Musik) and a recording studio (Level 7 Studios), and now works with various new, young Australian artists.

Personal life[edit]

Daniel was born the youngest in a set of three boys at Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, but his family moved to Australia when he was less than one year old. The Jones family settled down in Australia at Brisbane in Queensland, where Daniel grew up as the youngest of three boys.

On 30 April 2000, when Jones was 26, he met his future wife, Kathleen de Leon, a member of successful children's group Hi-5, at the 42nd Annual TV Week Logie Awards. After more than three years together, Kathleen organized a 1970s-themed party for Daniel's 30th birthday. Kathleen got the biggest surprise when Jones professed his love for her and proposed in front of more than one hundred people, including his parents, at the GPO Bar in Brisbane.[1]

On 9 October 2005, Jones married de Leon at Avica Weddings and Resort on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The big day turned out to be an Oriental-meets-Balinese themed fairytale wedding filled with special touches. Jones also used his musical talents to write a song called "Love Is Enough" for his bride.[2] The couple have two children.

Musical career[edit]

Early career[edit]

When Jones was about 18 years old he was in a band called Red Edge with his brother and some friends, but the band needed a singer. Jones put an advertisement in the local Brisbane music paper, Time Off, looking for a suitable singer. Darren Hayes was attended the audition, and he got the job. After being in the band for some time, Hayes got tired of performing other people's songs and he was ready to quit Red Edge. Since Jones wanted to create his own music, he decided to leave the band with Hayes. This marked the beginning of Savage Garden.

Savage Garden[edit]

Main article: Savage Garden

The other half of the pair, Darren Hayes, wrote the lyrics and melodies, performed all of the vocals, while Jones mostly provided instrumental backing. However, Jones's voice is heard in a few demo songs – such as "Aubergine Girl" – and in the countdown in "To the Moon and Back".

Hayes and Jones wrote and performed all of their own music and had a global hit with "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1998 and "I Knew I Loved You" in 2000. Originally, both men travelled the world to promote their first album as well as perform singles. As travel strain and other issues began to take their toll on Jones, he decided that he was not comfortable with the press junket circuits and the intense scrutiny from fans and media that came with them, and informed the band's manager that he wanted to leave. As a result, Hayes agreed to take on the lion's share of the promotional duties for the band until the release of their second album. The duo eventually split up in 2001.[citation needed]

After Savage Garden[edit]

In 2001, Jones began assisting an Australian band, named Aneiki, the group consisting of Jennifer Waite and Grant Wallis. They were the first band to be signed to the music label Jones had started named Meridien Musik. Jones knew Jennifer as one of the backing vocalists who had travelled with Savage Garden during the Future of Earthly Delites tour for the first, self-titled Savage Garden album. Jones helped produce their first album Words in Place of Objects and co-wrote four album tracks with Jennifer; "Dearest", "She Says", "Saving Grace", "Feel This Fool", and the B-side "Sugarlust".

In 2002, Jones worked with another Australian duo, called Bachelor Girl, to co-write a song called "Falling" for their second album, Dysfunctional. In 2004, Jones helped produce for Australian pop-rock musician Julie Strickland and the Australian act The Wish (Peter Freebairn and Bill Kio) for their respective debut albums. And in 2005, Jones worked with yet more Australians: Tori Horgan (on her debut album) and Paul Black. Jones continued to demonstrate his interest in discovering new talent, and producing that talent with his new state-of-the-art Meridien Musik Studio, which he built himself. In late 2005, Jones produced a series of EPs for Quiksilver's fledgling label, Pavilion Musik. Jones recorded material with Sean Sennett, The Eighth Colour, Moonjuice and Josh Boots.

In May 2006, it was announced that Jones had purchased the legendary recording complex located at 301 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. This landmark recording studio was purchased from Tom Misner who owns the global SAE organisation and Studios 301. Throughout its long history, the studio was also owned by the EMI Group. The studio was purchased to start Level 7 Studios and to continue Meridien Musik in a new location. Daniel was also rumoured to be participating in a season of Australian Idol as resident producer. Jones is working on his record label in Sydney, Australia.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edmiston, Leanne: "Hi5 Star to Wed." The Courier-Mail, 28 July 2003.
  2. ^ Dunn, Shannon: "Centre Stage." Bride to Be: Your Day, Real-Life Weddings Yearbook, January 2006.

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