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Danny Fernandes
Fernandes at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards
Fernandes at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards
Background information
Born (1985-09-16) September 16, 1985 (age 38)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • choreographer
  • television personality
Years active1997–present

Daniel "Danny" Fernandes (born September 16, 1985)[1] is a Canadian singer and songwriter.

Early life[edit]

At 16, Danny Fernandes won two consecutive Rising Star awards in the annual CNE dance contest held at Cherrytree Public School located in Brampton, Ontario, near Toronto. He became the youngest member of the Toronto Raptors' famed Dance Pak and began to appear regularly as a backup dancer in music videos.[1]


2003–2008: Early beginnings and Intro[edit]

After graduating from High School, Danny started playing showcases at clubs in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, and Austria), Fernandes signed with the Canadian CP Records (Capital Prophet Records) and released his debut album Intro. Danny went out on tour across Canada as the opening act for Akon and Sean Kingston.

On October 14, 2008, CP Records released "Curious", featuring Juelz Santana, the first of four singles from Intro. "Curious" was followed by "Private Dancer", featuring Belly; "Never Again"; and "Fantasy", the most successful of the four, peaking at Number 25 on the Canadian Hot 100 and spending 14 weeks on Canadian radio.

Fernandes was also a judge on the TV show Karaoke Star Jr. alongside Tara Oram.[2]

2010–2013: AutomaticLUV[edit]

Fernandes's second album, AutomaticLUV, was released by CP Records on November 2, 2010, with the first single called "Automatic" featuring Belly. The second single off the album was called "Take Me Away" and the third "Hit Me Up" which once again featured Belly and Josh Ramsay from the Canadian band Marianas Trench. The single reached Number 22 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 charts and the video single reached Number 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown.

2013–present: Breathe Again and continued work[edit]

He released his third studio album, Breathe Again on August 27, 2013 on CP Records.[3] The album was preceded by the singles "Fly Again (Broken Wings)" and "Come Back Down" the video single reached No. 1 on the MuchMusic Countdown.

Since the release of his third album, Fernandes has still continued to work on new music. In 2015, he released a single called "Gogo" featuring Kevin McCall.[4] In 2016, he released a collaborative single with Tom-E called "Dear Life" featuring iSH.[5] The single was certified Gold by Music Canada.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Danny Fernandes is of Portuguese descent. He has a younger brother named Jonathan and they are both the younger brothers of Canadian artist Shawn Desman (born Shawn Fernandes). He also is a cousin to another Canadian singer Tyler Medeiros, who signed to Danny's former record label CP records.

The singer has battled with drug addiction. In 2023, it was reported that several aspiring singers accused Fernandes of scamming them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars while making empty promises to assist them with their music careers. In an email to CBC News, Fernandes attributed his behaviour to drug use.[7]


  • At the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards on June 21, 2009, Danny Fernandes won the Best Canadian Pop Video of the Year for Private Dancer directed by Ren, produced by Renaud Stanton Dupré through The Field Inc. production company.[8]
  • In April–May 2009, he had also been nominated to People's Choice: Favourite New Canadian Artist/Group category and his single "Fantasy" was nominated for People's Choice: Favourite Canadian Video category in the vote leading to 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards.
  • He was nominated for a Juno at the 2010 Juno Awards in the Best New Canadian Artist category.
  • In 2010 he won Favourite Pop Canadian Artist at the Canadian Indie Awards.[9]
  • In 2011 Mike Portoghese – Post-Production/Director, along with Producer: Bruce Carson, Rory Halsall, and Production Company: The NE Inc., won "Best Post Production of the Year" at the MMVA's for Automatic[10]
  • In 2012 Marc André Debruyne – Director, along with Production Company: The NE Inc., won "Director of the Year" at the MMVA's for Hit Me Up feat. Josh Ramsay & Belly


Studio albums[edit]

Danny Fernandes performing in a festival in Laval, Quebec, Canada
Title Album details Canada
  • Released: October 14, 2008
  • Label: CP Records
  • Format: CD
Breathe Again


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(featuring Juelz Santana)
2008 65 18 Intro
"Private Dancer"
(featuring Belly)
32 11
"Fantasy" 25 9 17
"Never Again" 2009 44 18 19
"Addicted" 49 22 40
(featuring Belly)
2010 41 20 36 AutomaticLUV
"Take Me Away" 2011 39 23 27
"Feel It"
(featuring Shawn Desman)
"Hit Me Up"
(featuring Josh Ramsay and Belly)
22 13 22
  • MC: Platinum[6]
"Fly Again (Broken Wings)" 2013 36 48 Breathe Again
"Come Back Down" 42 19 30
(featuring Kevin McCall)
2015 Non-album singles
"Dear Life"[14]
(with Tom-E featuring iSH)
"Missing" 2018 43
"No Tomorrow"
(featuring DU5T1)
"Please Don't Break My Heart"
"Learn from You"
(with Jyay and Net 30)
"Let Me Down Easy"
(with DU5T1)
"You and I"[15]
(with Black Creek Reign)

Featured singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
(DY featuring Danny Fernandes)
2009 Non-album single
(Tyler Medeiros featuring Danny Fernandes)
2010 90 TM
"Treat U Right"
(JRDN featuring Danny Fernandes)
2011 Non-album single
"Turn It Up"
(Mia Martina featuring Belly and Danny Fernandes)
"I Can Be Your Ride"
(Big Lean featuring Danny Fernandes)
2012 Non-album singles
"On A Roll"
(Jigz Crillz featuring Danny Fernandes)



  • Fantasy Tour (2009)
  • AutomaticLuv Tour with JRDN (2010_
  • Dear Life Asia Tour (2016)[16]



  1. ^ a b Danny Fernandes Archived October 19, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. Maple Music. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  2. ^ Karaoke Star Jr. judges
  3. ^ AllMusic. Danny Fernandes, Breathe Again. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Gogo (Feat. Kevin McCall) – Single by Danny Fernandes". iTunes. April 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "After Nearly Losing Everything, Danny Fernandes is Starting over".
  6. ^ a b c d e Music Canada: Gold & Platinum. musiccanada.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  7. ^ King, Angelina (April 5, 2023). "Aspiring singers accuse former pop star Danny Fernandes of duping them out of thousands". CBC News. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  8. ^ MuchMusic Video Awards Nominees and Winners Archived May 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Mmva.muchmusic.com. Retrieved December 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "2010 Indies Winners". Archived from the original on August 20, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  10. ^ MMVA 2011 nominees Archived June 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. muchmusic.com. Retrieved July 6, 2011
  11. ^ a b "Danny Fernandes Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  12. ^ "Danny Fernandes Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  13. ^ "Danny Fernandes Chart History (Canada Hot AC)". Billboard. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  14. ^ "Dear Life (Feat. Ish) - Single by Tom-E & Danny Fernandes". iTunes. February 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "You and I - Single by Black Creek Reign and Danny Fernandes on Apple Music". January 22, 2021. Retrieved July 9, 2021 – via Apple Music.
  16. ^ "Dear Life Tour". Danny Fernandes. Archived from the original on February 7, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.

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