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Daniel O'Donnell 35 Years In Show Business 2016
By Eddie Dawson
Oct 20, 2015

 
Daniel O'Donnell And Eddie Dawson

Daniel O'Donnell

Name: Daniel Francis Noel O Donnell
Date Of Birth: 12th. December 1961
Place Of Birth: Dungloe, Co Donegal, Ireland
Mother: Julia O Donnell (nee McGonagle)
Father: Francis O Donnell
Brothers And Sisters: John, Margaret (Margo), Kathleen and James
Colour of Eyes: Blueish Green
Colour of Hair: Brown
Height: 5ft 10in
Marital Status: Married to Majella

Daniel O'Donnell was born on the December 12, 1961 in Dungloe Co. Donegal.  He is one of a family of five, two brothers and two sisters.

He was educated in Kincasslagh National School, Dungloe Secondary School and Galway Regional College.

Daniel started his working life washing dishes in Dublin's Centeral Hotel.

His introduction to singing came with his sister's Margo Band in Belmullet Co. Mayo.

In 1981 he joined Margo's Band as a guitar player where he shared the singing with his older sister.

After struggling for five years to become a successful singer, Daniel O'Donnell finally got his big break when he was signed up by Ritz Records.

February 1983 saw Daniel record his first song, 'My Donegal Shores' and as he says himself the rest is history.

To date he has recorded 29 Albums 14 Video's and 5 DVD's and has been Ireland's No.1 entertainer for over 20 years. He and his band have toured England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand  and America. He is now concentrating on the American market.

Among his many achievements and awards Daniel was conferred with an Honorary M.B.E in the Queen's New Year's honours list in 2002

Monday November 4th 2002 Daniel married Majella McLennan in his home village of Kincasslagh with the reception in the Holiday Inn Hotel Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

Daniel & Majella O'Donnell on stage

In his spare time he likes to play golf and a card game called whist.

Daniel released two albums in 2003 "Daniel in Blue Jeans" which went to No.3 in the British Album Charts and "At the End Of The Day" which went to the No.11 slot.  November 2003 saw Daniel's new DVD go to the Number 1 spot in the English Charts ahead of people like Cliff Richard, Westlife and Queen.

March 2004 saw Daniel's latest album The Jukebox Years go straight into the British Charts at the No.3 slot only beaten by Katie Melua at No.1 and Norah Jones at No. 2.

March 2005 saw Daniel's new DVD Showtime which includes highlights of his American tour go straight to No. 1 in the Music Charts in England.

Daniel is currently recording his new album  "Teenage Dreams" due for release on the 19th.September 2005.

Daniel's latest DVD "The Rock'n'Roll Show" was No. 1 in U.K Charts in November 05 and managed to knock Irish boyband Westlife from the top slot.

His new album "From Daniel With Love" is due for release on Monady 23 rd. January 06. The album contains 20 of his greatest performances about love and romance including "Wonderful Tonight", "For The Good Times" "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "You Raise Me Up" the latter Daniel had a hit with in 2003 and also includes four new previously unreleased tracks.
One week after the album was released it reached No.5 in the British Album charts.

Daniel's summer tour 2006 takes in counties Donegal ,Cavan, Louth, Westmeath, Kilkenny, Wexford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Derry, as well as dates in Scotland, England, Wales, Austrilia, New Zeland, Canada and the U.S.A where Daniel has a hugh following.

On September 11th. Daniel releases his fist single in two years "Crush On You"  which went straight in to the U.K. charts at No. 21 and on the 2nd. October he releases his new album "Until The Next Time" all the tracks have been written by Daniel and his friends Sean O'Farrell and  Mark Roberts this album also entered the British charts at No 10.

Daniel's new DVD the Best Of Daniel O'Donnell On Film went straight into the number 1 spot in the U.K. Music charts and has now gone platinum. In doing so he beat of the likes of Take That, Rod Stuart & Status Quo.The DVD  includes songs from Daniel's early career in 1986 to his latest album Untill The Next Time released in 2006.

Daniel O'Donnell
Mary Duff
2007 Daniel has released two albums todate Can You Feel The Love (Double CD) and Together Again a duet with his singing partner Mary Duff which went to Number 6 in the U.K. charts in November. Daniel also releases his new DVD on the 12th. November also called Can You Feel The Love.

Yet another Gold Disc presentation to Daniel and also Mary on this occasion. Last year's "Together Again" album was hugely successful, reached No.6 in the UK album charts and proved again that there is room for good music in the Top Ten.
The UK Gold Disc presentation was made at the Birmingham NIA by popular Midlands DJ and friend of Daniel's, Bob Brolly, during Daniel's recent tour. Bob feels a very personal connection to the album, because it was live on his special Children In Need radio show last October that Daniel & Mary launched the album. May there be many more such presentations in the future.


Daniel's new album is almost finished and due for release in October 2008. As all the tracklisting are not yet available below are some of the numbers expected to be on it.
Little Old Wine Drinker Me; Heartaches By The Number; Lucille; Back Home Again; King Of The Road; Please Release Me; Me And Bobby McGee.

The Daniel O'Donnell Band John Staunton, Ray McLaughlin, Billy Burgoyne, Tony Murray, DanielO'Donnell, Ronnie Kennedy, Kevin Sheeran and Steven Milne
    

Daniel's new DVD went straight in to the UK DVD Music Charts at No. 1. Again history shows that this is Daniel's sixth consecutive No.1 DVD, which is truly amazing. The DVD, "At Home in Ireland", was shot last year at the concert in Letterkenny, in Daniel's home county of Donegal. It features not only the songs from the concert, but also some footage filmed on location in Ireland, hence the title. The DVD contains 25 songs altogether, including one of Daniel's big hits from last year, "Save Your Love". 

The top 6 DVD In the charts 16-11-2008 
No.1 - Daniel O'Donnell - At Home In Ireland
No.2 - Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus - Best Of Both Worlds Concert
No.3 - Bussell & Jenkins - Viva La Diva
No.4 - Rolling Stones - Shine A Light
No.5 - Girls Aload - Tangled Up
No.6 - Arctic Monkeys - At The Apollo
   

26th. October 2009 Daniel release his new gosple album "Peace In The Valley" and on the first week of release it went into the British Charts at No. 8 . On November 9th. he brings out his new DVD "Hope & Praise". Daniel is joined by his band, Mary Duff, an ochestra and two choirs for this emotuonall uplifting spectacular event, recorded in Branson and featuring 25 inspirational favourites.
This DVD was filmed on tour in the U.S.A.

Daniels DVD "Hope and Praise" entered the British Charts at No. 4 on the the week of it's release 10-11-2009

1.
Cliff Richard and The Shadows - The Final Reunion
2.
Killers - Live From The Albert Hall
3.
JLS - The Videos
4.
Daniel O'Donnell - Hope & Praise
5.
Michael Jackson - Moonwalker

U.K. And Irish Charts

Daniel is 'Over the Moon' this week after hearing that his latest Irish album 'Moon Over Ireland' has moved up two places in the UK to No.9 and is No.11 in the Irish Charts.

In September Daniel released a 4 track cd single called  'Tipperary Girl'. Written by the renowned and highly respected Irish singer/songwriter, Billy O'Dwyer, the 'Feel Good Factor' of this song, with it's delightfully insistent rhythm, and highly infectious chorus, is guaranteed to hold wide appeal as it defies the so-called generation gap by captivating listeners of all ages. It will be difficult for anyone to resist tapping their feet or singing along to the highly contagious melody and catchy lyrics.
'Tipperary Girl' is the title track of a 4 song EP, the remaining three songs being the previous unreleased 'My Lovely Donegal', 'Red Is The Rose' and 'I'll Remember You Love In My Prayers'.


This year Daniel celebrates his 30th anniversary in the music business and to mark this special milestone he is releasing 'The Ultimate Collection'. This is a 40 track album featuring 10 new songs and 30 songs which reflect many aspects of his career, past and present. The album features among others his first single “My Donegal Shore”, which has been re-recorded for this collection, “I Just Want To Dance With You”, his top 30 hit and first ever Top of the Pops appearance, some of his most popular country, Irish and inspirational songs and a few of his self-penned songs including the popular “Beyond The Rainbows End”.

Daniel says that this album has given him the opportunity, to indulge a little, by recording songs that he really wanted to record, including a number of originals.

”It was on the 28th January 1981 in a place called the Ragg in Thurles, Co Tipperary that I first stepped on stage with my sister Margaret and her band. I can hardly believe that it's 30 years since I began this wonderful journey. On a personal level this is also a special year as I cerebrate my 50th birthday on the 12th December. This album has been put together to recognise both landmarks in my life.
30 of the tracks are songs that I have previously released since I started recording back in 1983. I picked the songs that I felt were the ones that you made successful for me going right back to my very first recording "My Donegal Shore"
Through the years when picking songs to record my simple criteria was to sing songs that I loved. There are also 10 newly recorded songs on this album that I love to sing and I hope you will enjoy too.
I want to thank you for making the last 30 years so successful for me and I hope we will enjoy many more years of music together.

This album certainly lives up to its title “The Ultimate Collection”, and we hope that you will enjoy this special 30th Anniversary Collection. Daniel will be promoting the album in the UK and Ireland around the time of release

Daniel went straight into the National UK Album Charts at No 7, with his new album 'The Ultimate Collection'.

CHARTS:- 1- Noel Gallagher. 2-Matt Cardle. 3- Steps. 4- Adele.

5- Ed Sheeran. 6- James Morrison. 7- Daniel O'Donnell. 8. Katy Perry

DANIEL CANCELS 50TH BIRTHDAY BASH TO EASE PRESSURE ON FANS

After much deliberation and with much regret, Daniel and his management have decided to cancel the show planned for the O2, Dublin in October. Daniel realised, from recent interaction he had with fans, that his loyal followers were struggling to cope with the effects of the worst recession in living memory. "The recession has hit everybody, I don't think there is anybody who hasn't been hurt by it. I've had letters for people saying how hard it is for them and they tell me they have to miss a show here and a show there as a result" Daniel reveals. He knew that because the 50th Birthday concert was to be a special event, that fans would go through hell & high water to get to it and he felt that it was unfair to put them to that expense. It's not just the price of the tickets, for the majority of fans who would want to attend the event, there would be transport and accommodation costs to be taken into account as well. Daniel is already committed to doing his summer tour of ireland in July, which, he hopes, will prove a better alternative for his fans.


Daniels New DVD

Daniel has also a new DVD our called Daniel O’Donnell Live From Nashville Part 1. available from early November 2011

Daniel's Albums To Date

                   1984         The Boy From Donegal.
                   1985         The Two Sides Of Daniel O'Donnell.
                   1987         I Need You.
                   1987         Don't Forget to Remember.
                   1988         From The Heart.
                   1989         Thoughts Of Home.
                   1990         The Last Waltz.
                   1990         Favourites.
                   1991         The Very Best Of Daniel O'Donnell.
                   1992         Follow Your Dream.
                   1993         A Date With Daniel O'Donnell Live.
                   1994         Especially For You.
                   1994         Christmas With Daniel.
                   1995         The Classic Collection.
                   1996         Timeless Daniel O'Donnell & Mary Duff.
                   1996         Irish Collection.
                   1996         Songs Of Inspiration.
                   1997         I Believe.
                   1998         Love Songs.
                   1998         Live In Concert.
                   1999         Daniel O'Donnell Greatest Hits.
                   2000         Faith And Inspiration
                   2000         Heartbreakers.
                   2001         Live, Laugh, Love.
                   2002         The Irish Album.
                   2002         Dreaming.
                   2002         Yesterdays Memories.
                   2003         At The End Of The Day.
                   2003         Daniel In Blue Jeans.
                   2004         The Jukebox Years.
                   2004         Welcome To My World.
                   2005         The Complete Rock 'n' Roll Collection (3 CD )
                   2005         Teenage Dreams.
                   2006         From Daniel With Love
                   2006         Until The Next Time
                   2006         Early Memories
                   2007         Can You Feel the Love  (Double CD)
                   2007         Together Again Daniel & Mary Duff
                   2008         Through The Years (4 CD Set)
                   2008         Country Boy
                   2009         Hope And Praise
                   2009         Peace In The Valley
                   2010         O'Holy Night
                   2011         Moon Over Ireland
                   2011         Ultimate Collection (2CD Set)
                   2012         Songs From The Movies And More
                   2012         Daniel O'Donnell Christmas Classics
                   2013         From The Heartland
                   2013         A Picture Of You
                   2014         Stand Beside Me
                   2015         The Best Of Music And Memories
                   2015         The Hank Williams Songbook
                   2016         The Ultimate Irish Album

 

Daniel's EP. To Date Four Track

                                   A Christmas Kiss
                                   A Exile's Dream
                                   Give A Little Love

                                   I Just Want To Dance With You
                                   Light A Candle
                                   Secret Love
                                   Singing The Blues
                                   The Gift
                                   The Love In Your Eyes
                                   The Love Songa E P
                                   The Magic Is There
                                   The Way Dreams Are
                                   Uno Mas
                                   What Ever Happened To Old Fashioned Love
                                   You Raised Me Up
                                   Tipperary Girl
                                         

Daniel's D.V.D. To Date

                           
Follow Your Dreams/Thoughts Of Home.
                           The Classic Live Concert/TV Show Favourites
                           An Evening With Daniel O'Donnell/Just For You
                          
 Songs Of Faith.
                           The Gospal Show.
                           The Daniel O'Donnell Show.
                           Peaceful Waters.
                           Shades Of Green.
                           Showtime Daniel's Ame
rican Shows
                           The Rock 'n' Roll Show       
                           The Best Of Daniel O'Donnell On Film
                           Can You Feel The Love
                           At Home In Ireland
                           Give A Little Love Daniel O'Donnell & Mary Duff

                           Daniel O'Donnell & Friends
                           Hope And Praise
                           Daniel O'Donnell Live From Nashville Part 1.
                           Daniel O'Donnell Live From Nashville Part 2.
                           Ultimate DVD Collection  (4 DVD Box Set)
                           Daniel At 50
                           From The Heartland

A very young Daniel O'Donnell

 
Back Left To Right Daniel, James, John Fronth Row Margo, Julia (Mother) Kathleen

Eddie Dawson And Daniel O'Donnell

May 22nd. 2004


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