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Daniel Bedingfield
Bedingfield performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Daniel John Bedingfield
Born (1979-12-03) 3 December 1979 (age 43)
Auckland, New Zealand
Origin London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • programming
  • beatboxing
Years active
  • 2000–present
Associated acts

Daniel John Bedingfield (born 3 December 1979) is a New Zealand-British singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the eldest brother of fellow singers Natasha Bedingfield and Nikola Rachelle. He was a judge on The X Factor New Zealand in 2013.

Music career

2001–2003: Gotta Get Thru This and international breakthrough

He released his first single, "Gotta Get Thru This" in November 2001. It gathered momentum on white label through the UK garage music scene, and peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. He has since had two more number-one singles on the chart, "If You're Not The One" and "Never Gonna Leave Your Side", as well as three further top ten hits. His debut album, also titled Gotta Get Thru This, which was recorded at home using Making Waves Audio software and Reason, peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and went on to sell more than 4 million copies worldwide.

2004–2005: Second First Impression

In 2004, Bedingfield won a BRIT Award for Best British Male Artist. He then moved to the Universal Music subsidiary label Polydor Records to release his second album, Second First Impression, which reached number 8 in the UK. The album sold poorly compared to his first offering, though it did include two UK Top 20 singles, "Nothing Hurts Like Love" (which reached number three) and "Wrap My Words Around You" (which peaked at number 12). The third and final single, "The Way", became his first to miss the top 40, reaching number 41. The album was also released in Singapore (featuring 'If You're Not The One' as a bonus track).

2006–2011: Diversifying

In an interview with the New Zealand Herald in April 2007, Bedingfield said that, after a four-year hiatus, he had three albums recorded and awaiting release.

Since his last release in 2004, Bedingfield continued to work with other artists. He co-wrote the song "Works for Me!" for American Idol finalist David Archuleta. He has also worked with Pixie Lott, and contributed guest vocals on a track by a former member of The Roots. In December 2009, he co-wrote material with Tessanne Chin as well as recorded three songs with Busy Signal at DJ Karim's Stainless Records studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Bedingfield provided backing vocals for the Kirsten Morrell track "He Walked In" from the album Ultraviolet, which was released in May 2010. In December 2010, Bedingfield spent a month in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he wrote and recorded a song with a local freak folk band, The Raw Men Empire. He concluded his visit with a Tel Aviv gig, hosting Uzi Feinerman, The Raw Men Empire and a variety of other Israeli musicians. In July 2011, he recorded on a dancehall riddim called the Overproof Riddim. Like many of the songs on this riddim, it has been getting good rotation in Jamaica.

2012–2013: "Rocks Off", Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear and The X Factor New Zealand

In February 2012, Bedingfield released the single "Rocks Off" with an accompanying video on MTV which can be viewed here. "Rocks Off" was released alongside B-side "It's Not Me, It's You". On 24 April, Bedingfield released the EP Stop the Traffik – Secret Fear, his first EP release since becoming independent. The EP featured both the previously released "Rocks Off" and "It's Not Me, Its You" as well as five other new tracks. The EP was followed by the release of "Secret Fear" as a single, the video features adult scenes and has gone on to win several awards. On 21 December 2012, Bedingfield took up a role as a judge for the first New Zealand series of The X Factor joining Stan Walker, Melanie Blatt and Ruby Frost. The series premiered on TV3 on 21 April 2013. Bedingfield mentored the Girls category. His sister Natasha appeared as an assistant during the Judges Retreats round. Bedingfield was the winning mentor of series one when his act Jackie Thomas won the competition.

2013–present: Songwriting

Currently Bedingfield spends his time writing for a number of artists. He co-wrote "I Wanna Feel" by SecondCity, which debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 1 June 2014 and stayed in the top 20 for the next six weeks. The song was Bedingfield's fourth number one in the UK. He spent time working in the studio with K-pop group Spica, including co-producing their first English language single "I Did It". He was also the group's vocal director. In 2015, he co-wrote the song "Testify" which was included on The X Factor UK 2014 winner Ben Haenow's self-titled debut studio album.

From February 2016, Bedingfield appeared in the West End musical The War of the Worlds as The Artilleryman.

Personal life


His mother, Molly Bedingfield, is founder and CEO of Global Angels, for which Daniel is doing fundraising work. Bedingfield also helped to launch the Stop the Traffik coalition against modern day slavery.


  • Gotta Get Thru This (2002)
  • Second First Impression (2004)


Year Awards Category Work Result
2002 MOBO Awards UK Act of the Year Daniel Bedingfield Nominated
Best Newcomer Nominated
Best Garage Act Nominated
Pop Factory Awards Best Pop Factory Debut Nominated
BRIT Awards Best British Single "Gotta Get Thru This" Nominated
2003 Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording Nominated
BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Song Won
DanceStar USA Awards Record of the Year Nominated
International Dance Music Awards Best Pop Dance Track Nominated
Best New Dance Artist Solo Daniel Bedingfield Won
Popjustice £20 Music Prize Best British Pop Single "If You're Not the One" Nominated
The Record of the Year Record of the Year Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Hot Dance Maxi-Single Sales Nominated
Top Hot Dance Maxi-Singles Sales Artist Daniel Bedingfield Nominated
2004 BRIT Awards Best British Male Won
Best Pop Act Nominated
Best British Album Gotta Get Thru This Nominated
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song "If You're Not the One" Won
2009 International Dance Music Awards Best Music Video "The One" (ft. Sharam) Nominated
2012 Miami Short Film Festival "Secret Fear" Won
2013 Amsterdam Film Festival Van Gogh Prize, Special Jury Award Won
SXSW Film Festival Best of the Fest Daniel Bedingfield Nominated

See also

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