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LaShawn Ameen Daniels (December 28, 1977[1] – September 3, 2019)[2] was an American songwriter, vocal producer and arranger known for his songwriting credits on songs by artists such as Brandy, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Michael Jackson, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston and more. As a songwriter and producer, Daniels had received eight Grammy Award nominations, winning one for Best R&B Song for co-writing Destiny's Child's number one hit, "Say My Name".

LaShawn Daniels
Birth nameLaShawn Ameen Daniels
Born(1977-12-28)December 28, 1977
Newark, New Jersey
DiedSeptember 3, 2019(2019-09-03) (aged 41)
South Carolina
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • vocal producer
  • arranger
Years active1997–2019
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Early lifeEdit

Daniels was born in Newark, New Jersey, United States.


Daniels won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 2001 for his songwriting work on "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child, and was nominated in the same category in 2014 for "Love and War" performed by Tamar Braxton.[3]


Daniels died on September 3, 2019, at the age of 41, following a car crash in South Carolina.[2]

Songwriting creditsEdit

Daniels songs were usually co-written in collaboration with producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins.[4][2] These include:


  1. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (September 5, 2019). "LaShawn Daniels, Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies at 41". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c France, Lisa Respers (September 4, 2019). "Lashawn Daniels, Grammy-winning songwriter, dead at 41". CNN. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  3. ^ White, Adam (September 4, 2019). "LaShawn Daniels death: Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé songwriter reportedly dies, aged 41". The Independent. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "LaShawn Daniels, Co-Writer for Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Whitney Houston, Dead at 41". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 4, 2019.

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