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Danny Robert Worsnop (born 4 September 1990) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, vocal producer, and actor. Most prominently known as the lead vocalist of rock bands Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot.[3] He has worked with several artists including I See Stars, With One Last Breath, Breathe Carolina, Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive, All That Remains providing guest vocals on several songs.[4]

Danny Worsnop
Danny Worsnop with Asking Alexandria in 2016.jpg
Worsnop performing with Asking Alexandria in 2016
Background information
Birth nameDanny Robert Worsnop
Born (1990-09-04) 4 September 1990 (age 28)[1]
Beverley, England, United Kingdom
OriginGilberdyke, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • vocal producer[2]
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • programming
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitethesnop.com

Worsnop also maintains a solo music career. He released his debut solo full-length country-inspired album, The Long Road Home, in February 2017 and continues to release new material as singles.[5]

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Danny Worsnop was born on 4 September 1990 in Beverley, England and grew up in the small village of Gilberdyke with his parents Philip and Sharon and his younger sister Kelly.[1] Worsnop himself has stated that his love for music started when he was a toddler when he would make "beats" using empty boxes and pots, but started playing instruments at the age of 8, his first being the violin and took lessons to play it, a year later learning the trumpet, and another year later he was playing at his local village school orchestra.[6] Eventually he would take up guitar and bass and became more influenced by rock and metal music, and was self-taught. He initially planned to join the military in hopes of becoming a sniper, however the success of Asking Alexandria's debut album Stand Up and Scream convinced him to continue a music career.[6]

Music careerEdit

2008–2015, 2016–present: Asking AlexandriaEdit

 
Danny Worsnop with Asking Alexandria at With Full Force Festival 2013
 
Danny Worsnop with Asking Alexandria at Rock am Ring 2018

Although Ben Bruce originally formed the band in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2006, after he realized that he wouldn't be able to achieve international success in Dubai, he moved to Nottingham in England in 2008 and reassembled the band with new members from the York area, including lead singer Danny Worsnop, Ben had moved in with Danny at his parents home Gilberdyke. He carried the name over due to not wanting to bother to come up with a brand new name, so he stuck with the old one.[7] When asked why he chose that particular name, he explained that "'Most bands have a pretty shit band name, so I just came up with something. I came up with Alexandria as a human name, because people relate to humans," although the reason for using the word 'asking' is not explained.[8]

The band released their first official debut album titled Stand Up and Scream in 2009 via Sumerian and Victory records, produced by Joey Sturgis.[9] Although it didn't chart in the UK, it did chart in the US, peaking at 4 in the Top Heatseekers, 24 in the Top Hard Rock Albums and 29 in the Top Independent Albums.[10] The band's second album, titled Reckless and Relentless, was released in 2011 via Sumerian records, which again featured Joey Sturgis.[11] This time, the album did chart in the UK, peaking at 7 on the UK Rock Chart, and also charted in Australia at 30 on the Australian Albums Chart.[12][13] They released their third album, titled From Death to Destiny in 2013 via Sumerian Records and peaked in the US at 5 and the Top Hard Rock Albums at 1,[10] and also charted in the UK at 28 and in Australia at 11, making it their most commercially successful album to date.[14][15]

On 22 January 2015, Danny Worsnop announced on his departure from the band, stating that he wants what's best for the band hence his departure, and also to focus on his new band We Are Harlot, despite this departure the band will be touring and also recording a new album, despite no further announcements being made about his replacement.[16] Fans reacted to news in distress as they believe he was essential to the band's sound, while others were not surprised by his career move, some going as far to say he performs better with his new band We Are Harlot than he does with Asking Alexandria.[17]

Worsnop himself has explained that he loved being a part of Asking Alexandria but he no longer wanted to create heavy music, stating that even if We Are Harlot didn't exist, he would have left the band anyway.[18] He further commented that he also grew apart from the rest of the band musically and had reached a point where he wanted to do different things, hence the change from a metal band to a hard rock band.[19] While Ben Bruce has admitted that the band is happier without Worsnop, he continued to show support for Asking Alexandria after they released their first single, "I Won't Give In", featuring Denis Stoff as the main vocalist with a positive response on his social media.[20] When Worsnop was asked if he would ever return to making metal music online he responded with "Not opposed to it, but nothing planned at this point in time."[21]

On 21 October 2016, Ben Bruce confirmed that Danny has reunited with Asking Alexandria after parting ways with Stoff after around 18 months.[22]

2011–present: We Are HarlotEdit

In multiple interviews Danny Worsnop mentioned this band and referred to it as 'Harlot', which he has explained that after touring with Asking Alexandria in 2013, he would be touring with this band and release an album, along with his solo album in the near future.[23] The band was formed 3 years prior to the events of 2014 after Worsnop and Jeff George formerly of Sebastian Bach, who shared the same lawyer Eric German, had met in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, and within two days the pair bonded and moved in together as roommates at Worsnop's Beverley Hills home.[18]

After discussing their musical endeavours, Worsnop invited Bruno Agra, formerly of Revolution Renaissance, and the three started to make demos based on Agra's former band.[24][25] This was initially going to be used as material for Worsnop's solo album, but once they met Brian Weaver from Silvertide, who became part of the band after they advertised the role for a full-time bassist, it grew into the band.[24][26] The band released their debut album on 30 March 2015.[27] When asked if he preferred to perform with We Are Harlot or Asking Alexandria, Worsnop said that he disliked that question and that they are two opposites, with the statement "It's like comparing Aerosmith and Metallica."[28]

The band's debut self-titled album was successfully released on March 30 and peaked in the US at 165 and in the UK at 58, it sold 5,000 copies in the US alone within its debut week and was well received by critics.[29][30][31] The band recently stated that they will be releasing a second album in February, 2017, and despite Worsnop's return to Asking Alexandria, they will not be sidelined in any way.[32]

2011–present: Solo projectEdit

Worsnop is to be releasing a solo album, however since announcement in 2011 he had only released a 50-second clip of the song Photograph via YouTube.[33] In an interview with Artisan News Service Danny has said that he is expecting to release the album by Easter of 2014.[34] In a Facebook post on 20 December 2013, he also stated that he is working with producer Jay Ruston, and that the album would be released through Sumerian Records, however this is not the case after his announcements in 2016.[35][36]

In September 2015 in an interview with Altpress he stated that he was in the middle of recording his album, and that was doing so with country and blues music in mind, stating that he was a country boy when he grew up in England. He has also worked with songwriters Hillary Lindsey and John Paul White, and is also working with producer Jim Kaufman.[37] He also stated that his solo project will include music videos and hopes it will be a success, however admitted that there are no plans to tour per se.[37] In early December Worsnop officially announced that his debut solo album will in fact be released in 2016, and gave insight on the album's lyrical and musical influences, such as the fact that the album will include his past dealings with drugs, alcoholism, and his rehabilitation along with his other "dark demons"[6]

He goes on to say that he wrote the album intensely in a week and recorded the whole album live and raw in his Kaufman's living room, he also funded the project himself and oversaw every single aspect of the album's making, including its artwork of which he created and the music videos which he had written and directed himself, the album's recording officially ended in early February.[6][38] Later the same month he released an album cover and the album's title, "The Prozac Sessions" and stated that he was in Nashville to find a label to release the album on.[39] He also mentioned that there will be four variations of the album's artwork and possibly variations of bonus tracks to accommodate them.[36] In early March Worsnop unveiled a series of song teasers and all four album covers on his website, and stated on his social media that he will be announcing debut live performances soon.[40][41]

The first single released off of the album was 'I Got Bones' in early April 2016, and was accompanied by a music video.[42] The song itself is considered to be mostly country with blues mixed in, with Worsnop's vocals delivering some more powerful moments. Along with the single release the album itself became available for preorder.

On September 26, 2016, Worsnop announced through an Instagram post that the upcoming album will no longer be called The Prozac Sessions due to legal reasons. The name was changed to The Long Road Home.[43]

Other mediaEdit

Worsnop has written an autobiography titled "Am I Insane?",[1] which has not been released yet. An excerpt of it was released on 31 July 2013.[1] In an interview with Wayde Flowerday of MusicReview.co.za, Danny stated that he had been working on the book for two years, and it should hopefully be ready by sometime in 2015.[44]

In his biography on his website, he has stated that he is also a photographer and that he will be releasing some of his works on charity auctions at some point in the future.[45] Danny has said in a Facebook post that he is organising an auction for 2014.[35]

In February 2015 Worsnop made his first film acting debut as a guest star in a film created by Sumerian Records titled "What Now" written and directed by Ash Avildsen, owner of the record company.[46] Later in the year it was also announced that he would have a role in the latest The Devil's Carnival film, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, stating that Darren Bousman, Terrance Zdunich and Sean DeMott invited him to the first film's premiere in Los Angeles, after which he was invited to be in its sequel, while he was excited he had to cancel since it initially clashed with tour times, however, after the tour was cancelled he asked to be involved again and was written into the film to play the part of the blacksmith-type character called "the Smith".[37] After his involvement he went and got a manager and an agent and is looking for another project.[37]

Personal lifeEdit

Worsnop has had a history of substance abuse and alcoholism, even appearing intoxicated during a 2011 performance by Asking Alexandria, which eventually led to Worsnop seeking help via drug rehabilitation.[1][47]

During his initial leaving of Asking Alexandria in January 2015, he fell into conflict with some of the other members, particularly Ben Bruce, who was said to be his "best friend". Their friendship rekindled in 2016, leading to his rejoining of Asking Alexandria.[6][48]

From 2016 to 2017 Worsnop was in a relationship with a Nashville-based country singer Sarah Ross.[49] He performs guest vocals on the song "All I Want To Know" from her Nervous Breakdown EP released in 2018.[50]

On January 12, 2018, during a VIP meet and greet session before the show in Kansas City, Missouri, Worsnop met Victoria Potter, an active member of the United States Navy personnel at the time; the two began dating later that month.[51] On August 5, 2018, during a show in Columbus, Ohio, Worsnop proposed to Potter.[52]

He currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his Fiancè, Victoria and owns three golden retriever dogs named Cowboy, Loki and Thor.[53]

DiscographyEdit

Danny Worsnop discography
Studio albums5
Live albums1
EPs2
Singles24
Compilations1
Collaborations8
Remix1

As solo artistEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Chart positions
US Heat
[54]
US Indie
[55]
The Long Road Home
  • Released: February 17, 2017[36]
  • Label: Earache Records
  • Formats: Digital, CD, vinyl
16 38
Shades of Blue
  • Released: May 10, 2019
  • Label: Sumerian Records
  • Formats: Digital, CD, vinyl
- -

SinglesEdit

Title Year Album
"Out Without You"[46] 2016 Non Album Single
"I Got Bones" The Long Road Home
"Mexico "

| scope="row" | "Angels"[46] | rowspan="3" | 2018 | Non Album Single

Music videosEdit

Title Year Album Director
"Out Without You"[39] 2016 The Long Road Home Unknown
"I Got Bones"[46]
"Mexico"[46] Blake Judd
"Don't Overdrink It" 2017
"High"

Compilation contributionsEdit

Song Year Album
"Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson cover) 2013 Thriller: A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson[56]

CollaborationsEdit

Song Year Album Artist
"Wake the Dead" 2010 With One Last Breath EP[57] With One Last Breath
"Automatic Rewind" Crossroads: 2010 Bizzy Bone
"Frequencies" 2011 Frequencies[58] Eyes Like Diamonds
"Endless Sky" 2012 Digital Renegade I See Stars
"The Price Of Beauty" Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show Suicide Silence
"Losing Sight" Challenger Memphis May Fire
"Sellouts" 2014 Savages Breathe Carolina
"Brother" Watch Me mixtape[59] Ronnie Radke
"Stare At The Sun" 2018 Violent Noise The Word Alive
"Just Tell Me Something" Victim of the New Disease All That Remains

As official memberEdit

The following is series of lists that include albums and singles released by bands when Danny Worsnop was an official band member.

AlbumsEdit

Title Year Band Type
Stand Up and Scream 2009 Asking Alexandria Studio album
Life Gone Wild 2010 EP
Stepped Up and Scratched 2011 Remix album
Reckless & Relentless Studio album
Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock 2012 EP
From Death to Destiny 2013 Studio album
Live from Brixton and Beyond 2014 Live album
We Are Harlot 2015 We Are Harlot Studio album
Asking Alexandria (album) 2017 Asking Alexandria Studio album

SinglesEdit

Title Year Band
"The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)" 2009 Asking Alexandria
"Right Now (Na Na Na) (Akon cover)" 2010
"A Prophecy" 2011
"Morte et Dabo"
"Breathless"
"Someone, Somewhere"
"If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... You Should Get Out of the Circus"
"The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)" (Borgore Remix)
"Closure"
"To The Stage"
"Reckless & Relentless"
"Not the American Average"
"Another Bottle Down" (Tomba Remix)
"A Lesson Never Learned" (Celldweller Remix)
"Reckless & Relentless" (Document One Remix)
"Run Free" 2012
"The Death of Me" 2013
"The Death of Me (Rock Mix)"
"Killing You"
"Break Down the Walls"
"Closer (Nine Inch Nails cover)" 2014
"Denial" 2014 We Are Harlot
"Moving On" 2014 Asking Alexandria
"Someone, Somewhere" (Popkong Remix) 2015
"Dancing On Nails" We Are Harlot
"Into the Fire" 2017 Asking Alexandria

FilmographyEdit

Title Year Role
What Now 2015 Himself [46]
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival The Smith [37]

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