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Danny Fernandes

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Don’t believe the hype—stars aren’t born. They’re self-made, assembled from skills, drive and heart. These are the building blocks that launched the steady rise of Danny Fernandes, R&B’s newest northern light. Of course, it helps to be part of a constellation. That’s why 22-year-old Fernandes, born September 16th 1985, joined forces with Canada’s hottest urban indie, CP Records, home to hit-makers Massari and Belly. “This kid is a triple threat. He’s headed to the top,” boasts Belly, who recruited the young singer/songwriter/dancer into his revolutionary army invading Canada’s airwaves. The pair are leading the charge with Fernandes’ latest synth-fuelled club smash “Private Dancer,” but Danny doesn’t think he can dance—he knows it, Canada. It’s been his whole life since age six. Intro might be Fernandes’ first album, but he’s been working his way up since he was knee-high. Born the middle child in a musical Italian/Portuguese family—his grandfather was an opera singer, his big brother is early ‘00s radio staple Shawn Desman—Fernandes took to dancing to keep out the shadows. He proved a quick study with an ambitious streak. By eleven he had an agent and was dancing in commercials. By 16 he was practically drowning in gold medals, even netting two consecutive (and aptly-named) Rising Star awards in the annual CNE dance battle. At the same time, he blew away thousands of competitors to become the youngest member of the Toronto Raptor’s famed Dance Pak and started appearing regularly as a backup dancer in music videos. “A lot of parents don’t support that as much as they would a doctor, a dentist or lawyer,” Danny recalls.

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