Music

Daniel O'Donnell

Crooning out wholesome pop ballads with his smooth, softly spoken delivery, Daniel O'Donnell has become the housewives favourite and Ireland's answer to Cliff Richard. Learning to sing in his church choir, O'Donnell started off in his sister Margo's band before self-funding his first album and selling it at gigs. Through tours of Britain's ex-pat clubs and Irish bars his reputation quickly grew and he scored his first UK hit single with I Just Want To Dance With You in 1992. He teamed up with Mary Duff on the album Timeless (1996) and broke into the top ten for the first time with Love Songs (1998) before reaching Number 7 with his biggest single Give A Little Love. His easy listening style has included traditional Irish, country, pop, rock and Christian songs, and he has racked up album sales of over 10 million, with Daniel In Blue Jeans (2003) and The Jukebox Years (2004) both reaching Number 3 in the UK and proving his most popular works. Awarded an Honourary MBE in 2002, O'Donnell remains a clean-cut, national treasure to his legions of middle aged fans.

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07-07-2011