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Contemporary rocker and singer/songwriter Daniel Bedingfield grew up in southeast London, though he had been born in New Zealand. Mostly influenced by contemporary R&B artists, his sisters Natasha and Nikola teamed up with him to assemble their first band, called the DNA Algorhythm. Inspired by a girlfriend from Leeds, Daniel Bedingfield recorded "Gotta Get Thru This" in his bedroom with a microphone plugged to his home computer. In December 2001, just a few weeks after its release by the independent Relentless Records, his song went straight to the top on the U.K. singles chart. At the age of 21, the promising pop singer became a local celebrity. Signing to Polydor UK, Bedingfield worked on some new material and released his first album, Gotta Get Thru This, in the fall of 2002. Second First Impression followed in 2005. Around 2006, Bedingfield went on an extended hiatus from his career, only working on material for other artists. In 2012, Bedingfield returned with the single "Rocks Off." That same year he also released the EP Stop the Traffik - Secret Fear, the first of three EPs Bedingfield plans to release in 2012.
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.Researcha
ContentsMusic career1.1 2001–03: Gotta Get Thru This and international breakthrough1.2 2004–05: Second First Impression1.3 2006–11: Diversifying1.4 2012: "Rocks Off" and Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear1.5 2012–13: The X Factor New Zealand1.6 2013–present: Songwriting
2001–03: 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, peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and went on to sell more than 4 million copies worldwide.
2004–05: 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.
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.
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. 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.
2012: "Rocks Off" and Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear
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.
2012–13: The X Factor New Zealand
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. Bedingfield was the winning mentor of series one when his act Jackie Thomas won the competition.
Bedingfield is currently writing for a number of artists. He co-wrote "I Wanna Feel" by SecondCity, which debuted number 1 on the UK Singles Chart on June 1, 2014, and stayed in the top 20 for the next 6 weeks. The song was Bedingfield's fourth number 1 in the UK."Daniel Bedingfield: An Overnight Hit". Vang, Jes (30 April 2012). "Daniel Bedingfield – 100% independent". TC Helicon. Retrieved 28 February 2014. Hunkin, Joanna (18 April 2007). "Bedingfield to air his gritty new voice in first concert here". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2011. "Daniel Bedingfield - eMusic". eMusic. Retrieved 2011-12-31. "Daniel Bedingfield announced as X Factor NZ judge". 3 News. Retrieved 2012-12-21. "Pop star joins big brother on X Factor". 7 May 2013 (New Zealand Herald). 7 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. "Jackie Thomas wins X Factor NZ". 3 News. Retrieved 22 July 2013. "SecondCity enters at Number 1 with I wanna feel". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-08-03.
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.
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, of which Daniel is one of the International Executive Directors. Bedingfield also helped to launch the Stop the Traffik coalition against modern day slavery.Singer Daniel Bedingfield Injured In Serious Car Accident MTV.com "Daniel Bedingfield". Globalangels.org. Retrieved 2011-12-31.