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Daniel Powter

Daniel Richard Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and pianist. He is best known for his self-penned hit song "Bad Day" (2005), which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Powter was the only solo artist to register a #1 hit in that year without previously having had another song chart in the Hot 100.

Powter grew up in Vernon, in the Okanagan-Shuswap region of British Columbia. As a child, Powter played the violin at the age of 4. He changed to piano after a group of children bullied him and destroyed his violin. A dyslexic, Powter had trouble in university studying music, and later dropped out in order to pursue his own musical career, learning all songs by ear and recording new melodies that he created. He first started writing songs when he was 10 years old.

Powter released his first EP, I'm Your Betty, in 2000. The album, limited to a very small print, contains ten songs, two of which—"More Than I" and "Negative Fashion"—were featured on the television show Higher Ground.


Got the inspiration to write "Bad Day" from his experience as a struggling musician during his younger days.
Brought home a Juno Award for winning the title of Best New Artist of the Year by 2006.
Earned a Brit Award nomination in the category of International Breakthrough Artist in 2006.
Was nominated for Best New Act category at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Took part at Live 8 concert held in Berlin by summer 2005.
His favorite author is Raymond Carver.
His single, "Bad Day", was selected as the theme song for a Coca-Cola ad campaign in Europe.
Has a music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing for France region.
Was once taken from class by his mother during exam time to attend the concert of their favorite singer.
The music video of "Bad Day" featured Samaire Armstrong, the star of "The O.C." TV series.
His hit song, "Bad Day", has been featured on the fifth season of Fox's popular reality show, "American Idol."
Always wears a beanie hat to cover a large scar on his head he received after being hit by a car when he was still a child.

 

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