Daniel Baron is a South African award-winning, chart-topping singer/songwriter/producer with an astounding fifteen radio chart hits and five number 1′s to his name. His latest smash hit ‘Children Of The Sun’ broke records and debuted on the 5FM Top 30 chart at the number 1 position. It was also the top selling South African dance song on iTunes for over 3 weeks in a row. Baron’s voice and sound carries a distinctive flair and he is known for crossing over genres with an array of electro-infused pop-dance tunes, inspiring stadium-sized rock anthems and emotional piano ballads that have all taken the world by storm. A humble disposition combined with a captivating stage-presence, not to mention profoundly crafted songs that carry messages of love, inspiration, hope and faith have all been factors in cementing him as one of South Africa’s greatest pop-stars.
His debut album ‘It’s Time’ was released in 2012 and spawned a total of eight hits including ‘Not Here’, the epic rock/rap collaboration with hip-hop star, ProVerb which hit #1 on the Top40SA and remained at the top for 2 weeks. Other mega hits like ‘All Over Now’ and ‘So Much More’ also achieved huge chart success, both peaking at #2. The latter remained on the chart for a staggering 18 weeks and was later selected for an advertising campaign for Africa’s major satellite television network DStv.
In 2015 his sophomore album ‘APOLLO’ was released, yielding another string of smash hits including ‘Indestructible’, ‘Heartbreak City’ and ‘Free’. In the same year he achieved another number 1 hit with ‘Say What You Want’, a collaboration with Afrikaans super-group ADAM. The multiple chart-topping single ‘Say What You Want’ with ADAM was also selected as the soundtrack theme for the block-buster South African-produced film ‘Vir Altyd’. The success of the collaboration led to the release of the EP titled ‘Young & Wild’ which also featured the popular piano ballad ‘How’. Daniel also achieved a number one with his first ever Afrikaans single ‘Hart’. Daniel’s music has received radio-play through-out South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, as well as across Europe, UK and UAE.
In 2013 he was selected to open for Bon Jovi as a part of the ‘Because We Can’ World Tour. Daniel performed with his band to a crowd of 60 000 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Over and above his local success of album sales, touring, playing at festivals and performing to large audiences and corporates, Baron has also achieved on an international level. In 2013 he embarked on a UK tour where he promoted his album and played a number of shows. In the US he has gained the attention of various producers for film and music alike. He penned and recorded 3 songs for the international feature documentary film STUCK. ‘Wrongfully Detained’ and two other songs were selected as part of the soundtrack of the film which reviews the worldwide adoption crisis. The music video, was filmed in Ethiopia. Details on the cause can be found on www.bothendsburning.org)
Baron’s music has received recognition from the highly acclaimed Patrick Magneralla (Manager of Green Day and Goo Goo Dolls). In 2014 Baron recorded a song at AfterMaster studios in LA with the team behind the Lady Gaga album, The Fame Monster.
He won a Wawela Music Award for ‘Best Male Artist & Composer’ and was nominated for ‘Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatric Documentary’. The awards applaud South Africa’s international breakout tunes that go beyond borders to achieve success on a global scale. Daniel has featured in the Heat Magazine Hot 100 celebrities at the top 20 position. He has also collaborated with dance duo Pascal & Pearce, as well as Cindy Alter (multi-platinum selling member of 70’s super-group, Clout). He has gained multiple endorsements including car, hotel and musical instrument sponsorships. With a songwriting ability that has led him to become very sought-after in the music industry, he has written songs for other artists and corporates alike.
The song ‘It’s Time’ was written and recorded for our local sporting heroes and was officially presented to 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists Chad Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh. Daniel Baron is also known for his other big hits ‘Paint My Blue Sky’, ‘Different Feeling’ and dance duet ‘See Thru’. Daniel is a self-taught musician who adds drums and bass to his skills as a songwriter, vocalist and pianist.
Daniel is an ambassador for CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa). In 2014 he started the ‘Rockstars Ride For CANSA’ campaign. Baron rode the JHB 94.7 Cycle Challenge with a team of 12 riders to raise funds for cancer awareness and in memory of his cousin, Matthew who passed away of cancer at the age of 14. The song ‘A Lion’s Heart’ was also written and released to remember
Matthew and all other cancer victims. Daniel’s greatest aim is to inspire and move people with his music.
“Daniel Baron is one of the rare gems.” - The Citizen
“It’s his risk-taking that has cemented his place as one of South Africa’s greatest pop stars.” – People Magazine
“This is a seamless collection of songs covering everything from love and inspiration to pain and heartache. Daniel Baron’s debut is nothing short of amazing.” - The New Age