Danny Ocean (singer)

Daniel Alejandro Morales Reyes ((1992-05-05)5 May 1992), known by his stage name Danny Ocean, is a Venezuelan singer, songwriter and record producer born in Caracas, Venezuela, who now resides in Medellín, Colombia.[1] He began his professional music career in 2009 with the creation of his YouTube channel.

Danny Ocean
Birth nameDaniel Alejandro Morales Reyes
Born (1992-05-05) 5 May 1992 (age 27)
Caracas, Venezuela
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2009–present
LabelsAtlantic Records

He is best known for his song "Me Rehúso",[2] released in September 2016,[3] and relaunched as an English version titled "Baby I Won't" in 2017.[4][5][6][7]

Artistic careerEdit

Ocean joined the music production industry around 2009 when he opened his YouTube channel by recording his friends singing hip hop and collaborating with them vocally. At this time he also developed a hobby for electronic music in English under the pseudonym Danny O.C.T. He producing electronic music songs such as "Backstage," included in the compilation album Desolat X-Sampler Purple. He published his first EPs, "Paracaídas" (2014) and "U-YE" (2015), on the iTunes and Amazon Music platforms.

He appeared on the album Kloth Talk by hip hop music producer DJ Katastraphy with the song “Replay” with Bri Nichole, Rello Muse, and Philup Banks, and on the song “Lookin 'For” by Digital Farm Animals. In June of the same year he signed with the Atlantic Records label of Warner Music Group for his music in English, while his music in Spanish would be commissioned by Folio Group and Warner Music.

At the end of 2017, he premiered the music videos of his songs "Me Rehúso" and "Baby I Won't" (English version) and released the songs "Veneno," "Vuelva" and "Dembow." In August 2018, he premiered the video clip of his song "Epa Wei," produced jointly with Skrillex. In November of the same year, he was part of the Coldplay album Global Citizen-EP 1 on the single "Voodoo," along with David Guetta, Stargate, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid.

In 2019, he published the promotional theme "Swing" and in March 2019 he published his debut album 54 + 1, produced by himself and mastered by Ricardo Sangiao. He joined the Mexican band Reik on their album Ahora, composing and producing the song "Raptame." He also has a small participation as a writer and producer with Digital Farm Animals and Lil 'Eddie, on the song "Mamacita" by Jason Derulo and Farruko, under license from the Warner Music record label.

In his Instagram account, he launches a song with a duration of two minutes and 28 seconds, entitled "Besarnos de Cero", with 135 thousand views.

On October 25, 2019, Danny composed the song "Dime Tú", song by Venezuelan alternative pop singer Maye and composed by Fernando Osorio.

In November of the same year, he participated in the first studio album of the Colombian musician, singer and composer, Mike Bahía entitled "Navegando", with the song "Detente". In addition, he manages to have a participation in the album "New Africa Nation" by the Ghanaian-English recording artist, Nana Richard Abiona, also known by his stage name, Fuse ODG, with the song "Lazy Day", in which the song participates the singer, songwriter, guitarist and British actor, Ed Sheeran.

In 2020, Danny releases his other single entitled "Que Lo Que", a song born from the spirit of freedom, a song with which he wants his countrymen and all those people who are fighting for a fundamental human right, such as freedom of expression, be reflected and identify with the lyrics of the song. For many people, it is a hymn for all those people who, unfortunately, suffer day by day in many places on the planet, where freedom of expression is not a right. For all the brave people who raise their voices in their demonstrations, to fight for a better world, where oppression does not exist, although unfortunately, the oppression that millions of people around the world are currently living.

Personal lifeEdit

Ocean was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, in a Christian family. He has two sisters. Most of his childhood was spent in different countries, due to his mother being a writer. He lived in countries such as Japan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Namibia and he is fluent in English, French, Spanish and, to a lesser extent, Japanese. It was not until recently that he returned to his native country permanently.

He graduated as a graphic designer in Caracas, at the Nueva Esparta University in Los Naranjos and then emigrated to Miami, Florida, in the United States due to the complicated economic, political and social situation of his native country. He left behind his girlfriend, for whom he wrote the lyrics of "Me Rehuso." In 2016 he released the song on YouTube, thus beginning his international musical career.


Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums
Title Album details



  • Backstage (como Danny O.C.T.)


  • Paracaídas (as Danny O.C.T)
  • Sin Intención (como Danny O.C.T.)


  • U-YE (como Danny O.C.T.)
  • Pronto (como Danny O.C.T.)


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


"Me Rehúso" / "Baby I Won't" 2016 7 6 5 1 82 2 96
34 13 19 54+1
"Vuelve" 2017
"Dembow" 19
  • PROMUSICAE: Platinum[13]
"Epa Wei" (Prod. by Skrillex) 2018 Non-album single
"Swing" 2019 62 16
  • PROMUSICAE: 2× Platinum[13]
"Lookin' For"
(with Digital Farm Animals)[23]
"Dime tú" (with Maye & Fernando Osorio) 95 69
(with Mike Bahía)
"que lo que" 2020
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.





Other singles

  • "Eres Tú La Musa" (Ft. ZsW ZeroSWar) as Danny O.C.T.
  • "Ese Lugar" (Ft. Oma) as Danny O.C.T.
  • "Demasiado Tarde" (Ft. KC Clan) as Danny O.C.T.
  • "Un Cigarro"
  • "Sunday Morning Driving"
  • "120 Kilómetros"
  • "Mueve Tu Cuerpo"
  • "OXES"
  • "Besarnos de Cero"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Works Result
2017 Premios Juventud[24][25] Artist Revelation Himself Nominated
Kids Choice Awards México Favorite Song "Me Rehúso" Nominated[26]
2017 MTV Millennial Awards Best Party Anthem Nominated[27]


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  2. ^ "Conoce a Danny Ocean, creador del éxito 'Me Rehúso'". radiocalientesantacruz.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Me Rehúso – Danny Ocean". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Danny Ocean". Napster. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Baby I Won't – Single". iTunes. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  6. ^ Dau, Alejandro. "Danny Ocean es la nueva sensación de Spotify". tecnogaming.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Danny Ocean – Me Rehuso". los40.do (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Danny Ocean Chart History (Billboard Argentina Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 August 2019. Pre-Argentina Hot 100 era:
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  10. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 39" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Top 20 Streaming (del 21 al 27 de abril)" (in Spanish). AMPROFON. Archived from the original on May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "Discografie Danny Ocean". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d "Danny Ocean – Me Rehuso". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Discography Danny Ocean". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Discographie Danny Ocean". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Danny Ocean – Chart History: Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Danny Ocean – Chart History: Latin Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  19. ^ "El hit global "Me Rehúso" de Danny Ocean ya tiene video oficial". TKM (in Spanish). August 25, 2017. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "FIMI: Certificazioni Archivio". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved July 29, 2019. Note: To retrieve the certifications, 1) type in Danny Ocean in the box of "Filtra", 2) select years in the box of "Anno", 3) select "Singoli online" in the box of "Sezione" for singles, 4) click Enter
  21. ^ "Top 100 Canciones – Semana 11: 9.3.2018 al 15.3.2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 19". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Lookin' For - Single by Digital Farm Animals on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Esta es la lista de nominados a Premios Juventud 2017". univision.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  25. ^ Rivera, Nayeli. "Conoce todos los nominados a Premios Juventud 2017". monitorlatino.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  26. ^ "¡Vota para Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards!". noroeste.com.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  27. ^ "J Balvin y Maluma lideran nominaciones de MTV MIAW 2017". elespectador.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 July 2017.