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Daniel Bedingfield
Daniel Bedingfield
Bedingfield performing in 2007
Background information
Daniel John Bedingfield
Born (1979-12-03) 3 December 1979 (age 38)[1]
Auckland, New Zealand
Origin London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • programming
  • 2001-present
Website danielbedingfield.com

Daniel John Bedingfield (born 3 December 1979) is an English-New Zealand singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle. He was a judge on The X Factor New Zealand in 2013.

Music career

2001-2003: Gotta Get Thru This and international breakthrough

He released his first single, "Gotta Get Thru This" in November 2001. It gathered momentum on white label through the UK garage music scene, and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. He has since had two more number-one singles on the chart - "If You're Not The One" and "Never Gonna Leave Your Side" - as well as three further top ten hits. His debut album, also titled Gotta Get Thru This, which was recorded at home using Making Waves Audio software,[2] peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and went on to sell more than 4 million copies worldwide.[3]

2004-2005: Second First Impression

In 2004, Bedingfield won a BRIT Award for Best British Male Artist. He then moved to the Universal Music subsidiary label Polydor Records to release his second album, Second First Impression, which reached number 8 in the UK. The album sold poorly compared to his first offering, though it did include two UK Top 20 singles, "Nothing Hurts Like Love" (which reached number three) and "Wrap My Words Around You" (which peaked at number 12). The third and final single, "The Way", became his first to miss the top 40, reaching number 41. The album was also released in Singapore (featuring 'If You're Not The One' as a bonus track) but not the US.

2006-2011: Diversifying

In an interview with the New Zealand Herald in April 2007, Bedingfield said that, after a four-year hiatus, he had three albums recorded and awaiting release.[4]

Since his last release in 2004, Bedingfield continued to work with other artists. He co-wrote the song "Works for Me!" for American Idol finalist David Archuleta. He has also worked with Pixie Lott, and contributed guest vocals on a track by a former member of The Roots. In December 2009, he co-wrote material with Tessanne Chin as well as recorded three songs with Busy Signal at DJ Karim's Stainless Records studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Bedingfield provided backing vocals for the Kirsten Morrell track "He Walked In" from the album Ultraviolet,[5] which was released in May 2010. In December 2010, Bedingfield spent a month in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he wrote and recorded a song with a local freak folk band, The Raw Men Empire. He concluded his visit with a Tel Aviv gig, hosting Uzi Feinerman, The Raw Men Empire and a variety of other Israeli musicians. In July 2011, he recorded on a dancehall riddim called the Overproof Riddim. Like many of the songs on this riddim, it has been getting good rotation in Jamaica.[6]

2012-2013: "Rocks Off", Stop the Traffik - Secret Fear and The X Factor New Zealand

In February 2012, Bedingfield released the single "Rocks Off" with an accompanying video on MTV which can be viewed here. "Rocks Off" was released alongside B-side "It's Not Me, It's You". On 24 April, Bedingfield released the EP Stop the Traffik - Secret Fear, his first EP release since becoming independent. The EP featured both the previously released "Rocks Off" and "It's Not Me, Its You" as well as five other new tracks. The EP was followed by the release of "Secret Fear" as a single, the video features adult scenes and has gone on to win several awards. On 21 December 2012, Bedingfield took up a role as a judge for the first New Zealand series of The X Factor joining Stan Walker, Melanie Blatt and Ruby Frost. The series premiered on TV3 on 21 April 2013. Bedingfield mentored the Girls category. His sister Natasha appeared as an assistant during the Judges Retreats round.[7][8] Bedingfield was the winning mentor of series one when his act Jackie Thomas won the competition.[9]

2013-present: Songwriting

Currently Bedingfield spends his time writing for a number of artists. He co-wrote "I Wanna Feel" by SecondCity, which debuted number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on 1 June 2014 and stayed in the top 20 for the next six weeks.[10] The song was Bedingfield's fourth number 1 in the UK. Bedingfield spent time working in the studio with K-pop group Spica,[11] including co-producing their first English language single "I Did It". He was also the group's vocal director.[12] In 2015 he co-wrote the song "Testify" which was included on The X Factor UK 2014 winner Ben Haenow's self-titled debut studio album.

Since February 2016 Bedingfield appeared in the West End musical The War Of The Worlds as The Artilleryman.[13][needs update]

Personal life

While on holiday visiting his parents in New Zealand in 2004, Bedingfield nearly lost his life in a serious car accident. As a result, he was left with severe head and neck injuries because of the car rolling on him.[14]

His parents are leadership trainers and mentors in the voluntary sector and business world. His mother, Molly Bedingfield, is founder and CEO of Global Angels, for which Daniel is doing fundraising work.[15] Bedingfield also helped to launch the Stop the Traffik coalition against modern day slavery.



Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 "Gotta Get Thru This" Grammy Award - Best Dance Recording Nominated[16]
2004 Daniel Bedingfield BRIT Awards - Best British Male Won[17]
2004 Gotta Get thru This BRIT Awards - Best British Album Nominated[18]
2004 Daniel Bedingfield BRIT Awards - Best Pop Act Nominated[18]
2012 Daniel Bedingfield Miami Short Film Festival - Best Music Video "Secret Fear" Won[19]
2013 Daniel Bedingfield Amsterdam Film Festival - Van Gogh Prize, Special Jury Award "Secret Fear" Won[19]
2013 Daniel Bedingfield SXSW Film Festival - Best Of The Fest Nominated[19]

See also


  1. ^ Researcha[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Daniel Bedingfield: An Overnight Hit". 
  3. ^ Vang, Jes (30 April 2012). "Daniel Bedingfield - 100% independent". TC Helicon. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ Hunkin, Joanna (18 April 2007). "Bedingfield to air his gritty new voice in first concert here". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kirsten Morrell - Ultraviolet". Discogs. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Daniel Bedingfield - eMusic". eMusic. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Daniel Bedingfield announced as X Factor NZ judge". 3 News. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Pop star joins big brother on X Factor". 7 May 2013. New Zealand Herald. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jackie Thomas wins X Factor NZ". 3 News. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ "SecondCity enters at Number 1 with I wanna feel". Official Charts Company. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "keisukemoonlight on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "keisukemoonlight on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Porteous, Jacob (January 21, 2016). "Casting Announced For Jeff Wayne's Musical Phenomenon The War Of The Worlds With Liam Neeson In 3D Hologram". London Theatre Direct. Retrieved 2016. 
  14. ^ Singer Daniel Bedingfield Injured In Serious Car Accident MTV.com
  15. ^ "Daniel Bedingfield". Globalangels.org. Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Complete list of Grammy nominees; ceremony set for Feb. 23". SFGate. 8 January 2003. Retrieved 2013. 
  17. ^ "THE BRITS 2004". Brit Awards Ltd. Retrieved 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Daniel Bedingfield nominated for Brit Awards". NZ Herald. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c "Daniel Bedingfield's "Secret Fear" Takes Home 4th Festival Prize". The Spellbound Group. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 2014. 

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