Daniel Powter

Daniel Richard Powter (/ˈptər/; born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian musician. He is best known for his self-penned hit song "Bad Day" (2005), which was top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.

Daniel Powter
Powter performing at the Festival of Friends in 2013
Powter performing at the Festival of Friends in 2013
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Richard Powter
Born (1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 49)
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Piano
  • Keyboards
  • Synthesizer
  • Mandolin
  • Violin
  • Vocals
Years active
  • 1997–2010
  • 2012–present

Early lifeEdit

Powter grew up in Vernon, in the Okanagan-Shuswap region of British Columbia, alongside Tyrone and Susan Powter.[citation needed] As a child, Powter played the violin at the age of 4. He changed to piano at 10 years old after a group of children bullied him and destroyed his violin. Suffering from dyslexia, Powter had trouble in university reading music, and dropped out at the age of 20 in order to pursue his own musical career, learning all songs by ear and recording new melodies that he created. He started writing songs when he was 13 years old.

Powter met producer Jeff Dawson in 1997 and released his debut studio album, I'm Your Betty, on June 21, 2000.[1] The album, limited to a very small print, contains ten songs, two of which—"More Than I" and "Negative Fashion"—were both featured on the television show Higher Ground in the episode "Wherefore Art Thou".[2]

Self-titled albumEdit

Powter at the MTV Asia Awards 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand

Powter's first single, "Bad Day", was first released in Europe in mid-2005, in advance of his second album, Daniel Powter. Warner Bros. Records submitted the single for commercials, and it was subsequently chosen by Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe. The song achieved heavy airplay in most European countries, peaking at number three on the overall European airplay chart. It reached number one on national airplay in Germany, number one on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland[3] and Italy, number two in the United Kingdom—where it stayed in the top ten for thirteen weeks—and number three in Australia.

In the United States, "Bad Day" was used extensively on the television series American Idol in its fifth season. Powter sang the song live at the end of the final show of that season on May 23, 2006. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, making Powter the first solo Canadian male artist to top the Hot 100 since Bryan Adams in 1995 (with "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?"). The song also reached number one in Powter's homeland, Canada.

On May 31, 2005, Powter released his first extended play known as "Free Loop."[4]

On July 2, 2005, Powter performed at the Berlin installment of Live 8, a simultaneous group of concerts in nine countries intended to raise awareness of poverty in Africa and put pressure on world leaders for aid.

"Bad Day" came in fifth in the British Record of the Year 2005. In 2006, Powter won in the New Artist of the Year category at the Canadian Juno Awards, and was nominated for Best International Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards. "Bad Day" was nominated at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards for Hot 100 Single of the Year, and was named Billboard magazine's song of the year in 2006.[5] At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Powter received a Best Male Pop Vocal Performance nomination for the song.

The subsequent singles from Daniel Powter – "Jimmy Gets High", "Free Loop", and "Lie to Me" – were released in different parts of the world, each failing to match the success of "Bad Day". "Free Loop" was deemed chart ineligible in the UK (as the release included a version of "Bad Day" as a B-side whilst "Bad Day" was still in the chart, hence breaking chart rules) and failed to chart in the U.S., though it reached the top forty on the Adult Contemporary chart. Following the release of "Lie to Me", "Jimmy Gets High" was to be the fourth single from the album in the UK, but its release was cancelled. A new track called "Love You Lately" was released as the next U.S. single, preceding a re-release of the album Daniel Powter that was also cancelled. Powter was never able to have another major hit after "Bad Day" and never cracked the U.S. Hot 100 again.

Later careerEdit

In March 2008, a song by Japanese singer Haru featuring Powter, "Find My Way", was released. In September, Powter released his third album, Under the Radar. This was the same year in which he embarked on the Wolfbaggin' Tour, joining the likes of Alphabeat and Lil Chris.

Powter also performed piano on tracks for what was scheduled to be Marcy Playground frontman John Wozniak's solo album, Leaving Wonderland...in a fit of rage, but the album was released under the band's name. Powter was still given credit for his contributions to the song "Gin and Money".

On March 16, 2009, Powter performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival then in December 2009, Powter was named as the decade's top One-Hit Wonder by Billboard. The magazine describes one-hit wonders as acts whose second hit did not reach the top 25; they only included acts from 2000 to 2007.[6] Powter's notoriety is unmistakable, since "Bad Day" is his only Hot 100 hit.

On January 1, 2010, he performed O Canada at the NHL Winter Classic. In that same year, he released his greatest hits album, Best of Me, and with it, recorded three new songs and a new version of the title track to go along with 'Bad Day', 'Jimmy Gets High', 'Next Plane Home' and his other singles. Only one was released as a single: 'Lose To Win', on November 10, 2010.

On December 1, 2010, Powter made a tribute to English singer and songwriter John Lennon with his cover version of Happy Xmas (War Is Over). This single was released in Europe, the UK and Japan.[7]

Powter again failed to re-capture the success of "Bad Day." In 2011, he took a hiatus.

On April 10, 2012, Powter's new single "Cupid" was released to US and Canadian iTunes stores. Powter's latest album, Turn on the Lights, was released in July 2012.

On June 13, 2012, Powter also made a tribute to L'Arc-en-Ciel with his variation of the song Stay Away.

On September 10, 2012, he released "Crazy All My Life".[citation needed]

On December 5, 2012, Powter was featured in a song with Japanese singer May J. titled "Back To Your Heart". On the 18 he released the single "Christmas Cupid", which is a Christmas version of his song "Cupid".

On June 5, 2013, Powter announced on Twitter that he was working on a new album with Jeff Dawson, who co-produced most of his songs in the past, and John Fields, who produced "Crazy All My Life". He also said:

I'm writing like I did during the first record. I'm not focusing on singles. Otherwise I would try too hard and end up with garbage sort of like Bad Day. I never thought in my wildest dreams that it was a single. I think that's what writing from your heart is. Just like anything else. When you try too hard, it really isn't worthy of anything... So I stay open and just let the songs write themselves.[8][9][10]

On July 15, 2013, Powter performed at the National Association of Drug Court Professionals performing "Bad Day" and "Whole World Around." Matthew Perry also attended the event.[11]

On August 9, 2013, he performed at the Festival of Friends.

On September 5, 2013, Powter later released 4 new songs as bonus tracks for his album Turn on the Lights called Ur My Radio, Doesn't Matter, Cheers To Us and Goodbye.[12]

On November 27, 2016, Powter performed at The 39th Jazz Goes To Campus Festival performing Bad Day.

On January 6, 2017, Powter released a new single called "Delicious." The music video has been uploaded to his official YouTube channel on March 14, 2017.[13]

On December 10, 2017, Powter performed at the President's Star Charity event in Singapore singing Bad Day and joined Sandra Riley Tang in a duet with her song "Save Myself."[14]

On April 6, 2018, Powter released a new single called "Perfect For Me."[15] On April 13, he released his fourth extended play known as Daniel Powter. There are 4 songs in this album: a remastered remix of Bad Day, Tell Them Who You Are in an acoustic version, his 2017 single "Delicious" and his 2018 single "Perfect For Me."[16]

On September 21, 2018, Powter released a single known as "Do You Wanna Get Lucky"[17] and Perfect for Me was later re-recorded and released on the same day for the Asia market.[18] The re-recorded version features a slightly modified arrangement and cleaner tune as well as a shorter song length of two minutes and fifty-four seconds. These two singles were followed by third called "Survivor" released on October 26.[19]

He released an album called Giants on December 14 where songs in the album include the re-recording of "Perfect For Me", "Survivor", "Delicious", re-recordings of "Bad Day", "Free Loop" and "Tell Them Who You Are" (from the EP). A remixed version of "Do You Wanna Get Lucky" is also included known as the Holiday version.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Powter currently lives in Los Angeles and has three children. He is divorced.[21]

Powter disclosed in July 2013 that he was sexually abused by a female babysitter for three years starting from age 7 and turned to drugs and alcohol to get over his guilt and shame. He said in an interview

I thought that (addiction) was my problem. But it wasn’t. That was my solution. It wasn't until I started digging in, taking a look at myself, saying I gotta work on some stuff (that) I don’t want to look at (that I figured it out). My parents didn't know and I was too scared to tell them.[22]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Work Category Result
2005 MTV Europe Music Awards Himself Best New Act Nominated
The Record of the Year "Bad Day" Record of the Year Nominated
SOCAN Awards Best Pop Song Won
2006 Tokio Hot 100 Awards Best Song Won
BMI Pop Awards Pop Award Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Hot 100 Song Won
Digital Song of the Year Won
Pop 100 Song of the Year Nominated
APRA Music Awards Most Performed Foreign Work Nominated
MuchMusic Video Awards MuchMoreMusic Award Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Himself Choice Music: Breakout Artist - Male Nominated
Canadian Radio Music Awards Best New Group or Solo Artist—Mainstream AC Won
Juno Awards New Artist of the Year Won
Brit Awards International Breakthrough Act Nominated
2007 Grammy Awards "Bad Day" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Groovevolt Music & Fashion Awards Best Pop Song Performance - Male Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Male Video Nominated
Daniel Powter Album of the Year Won
Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 Albums Won
Himself New Artist of the Year Won
International Artist of the Year Won
"Bad Day" International Song of the Year Won



Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications

I'm Your Betty
Daniel Powter 14 43 18 14 8 4 6 14 5 9
Under the Radar
  • Released: August 13, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, digital download
74 21 29 10 20 43
Turn On the Lights
  • Released: July 13, 2012
  • Label: Avex, EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
177 109
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albumsEdit

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: January 29, 2007
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
Best of Me
  • Released: December 8, 2010
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays
Title EP details
Free Loop[39]
  • Released: May 31, 2005
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
iTunes Live from Tokyo[40]
  • Released: August 6, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
Songs from Under the Radar[41]
  • Released: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: Digital download
Daniel Powter
  • Released: April 13, 2018
  • Label: Unleashed
  • Formats: Digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Bad Day" 2005 7 3 13 5 17 1 5 2 1 1 Daniel Powter
"Free Loop (One Night Stand)" 11 43 62 60 55 20 38
"Jimmy Gets High" 46 41
"Lie to Me"[51] 2006 92
"Love You Lately" 5 39
"Next Plane Home" 2008 61 25 71 37 70 Under the Radar
"Best of Me" 40
"Whole World Around"[52]
"Lose to Win"[53] 2010 Best of Me
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"[54]
"Cupid" 2012 152 36 Turn on the Lights
"Crazy All My Life" 23
"Delicious" 2017 Giants
"Perfect for Me"[55] 2018
"Do You Wanna Get Lucky"

Music videosEdit

Year Music video Director(s) Notes
2005 "Bad Day"[56] Marc Webb Samaire Armstrong and Jason Adelman are featured in the video
"Free Loop (One Night Stand)"[57] Filmed at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles
"Jimmy Gets High"[58] Vem
2006 "Lie to Me"[59] Marc Webb
"Love You Lately"[60] Philip Andelman Rachael Leigh Cook and Brian Hallisay are featured in the video.
2008 "Next Plane Home"[61] Markku Lahdesmaki Powter's daughter Sophie is featured in the video. Filmed in Lancaster, California
"Best of Me"[62] Diane Martel
2010 "Lose to Win"[63] Rohit Karn Batra
2012 "Cupid"[64] Neil Tardio Filmed in Malibu, California.
2013 "Crazy All My Life"[65]
2017 "Delicious"[66]
2018 "Perfect for Me"[67]
"Do You Wanna Get Lucky"[68] Joe Murray Filmed at The Village in Santa Monica
"Survivor"[69] Chinese singer Kelly Yu sings with him in a duet


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  57. ^ "Free Loop music video".
  58. ^ "Jimmy Gets High music video".
  59. ^ "Lie to Me music video".
  60. ^ "Love You Lately music video".
  61. ^ "Next Plane Home music video".
  62. ^ "Best of Me music video".
  63. ^ "Lose To Win music video".
  64. ^ "Cupid music video".
  65. ^ "Crazy All My Life music video".
  66. ^ "Delicious music video".
  67. ^ "Perfect for Me music video".
  68. ^ "Do You Wanna Get Lucky music video".
  69. ^ "Survivor music video".

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