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Daniel Powter

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Vernon, British Columbia, Canada (2000 – present)

Daniel Powter is a Canadian recording artist, born on 25 February 1971. He grew up in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia. With few local musical influences, he credits his early exposure to music to his mother, who was a pianist and took her son on long distance trips to see artists like Prince perform in Vancouver.

Daniel Powter released his debut album, 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. Powter has a music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing for France.

Daniel Powter’s first piano pop single, “Bad Day,” debuted not in his home country of Canada, but rather in Europe in mid-2005. It was chosen by Warner Brothers as a submission for commercial production and was subsequently chosen by Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe. Additionally, “Bad Day” is currently being used extensively by American Idol in its fifth season. Powter sang the song live at the end of the penulimate show of that season. The song achieved heavy airplay in most European countries, and made it as high as number three on the overall European airplay chart. It did best in Germany, where it peaked at number one in national airplay, Ireland where it peaked at #1 on the Singles Chart, and in the UK, where it peaked at number two in the singles chart and stayed in the top 10 for 13 weeks.

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