‘You’re the captivating thing that everyone wants to look for…’
This description of folk singer/songwriter, Daniel Duke, comes from an unexpected source — pop songstress Rita Ora.
But Rita’s words and the instant connection she felt to his music sum up Daniel’s unique brand of songcraft, fusing catchy, singalong pop hooks with the heart and soul of American folk music.
Hailing from Banbridge, Northern Ireland, Daniel honed his craft busking on the streets of Belfast but his appearance on The Voice UK (BBC) in 2015, in front of more than 8 million viewers launched him onto the international stage.
An instant hit with the show's judges and the audience at home, Daniel managed to turn a fleeting shot at stardom into a full-time career and started building a strong fanbase around the world.
In 2016 Daniel independently released his debut album, Brother and quickly received acclaim from fans and fellow artists alike.
The record was described as “Hoarse, soulful and soaring” and compared to “Ray LaMontagne at his earthy and world-weary finest” and “David Gray at his most bittersweet and emotive.”
That year, Borderline, one of the stand out tracks from the album, won Daniel first place in the folk/singer-songwriter category of the International Songwriting Competition. Daniel also took home the ‘Unpublished Prize’ in the Unsigned Only songwriting competition and was named ’Best Unsigned Male’ in the 2016 Unsigned Music Awards.
These accolades have led to recognition from major publishers including Sony/EMI and Daniel’s songs have appeared in hit shows like Kevin Probably Saves the world (abc) and The Young & The Restless (CBS).