Danny K is a South African musician with a lot of accomplishments under his belt. The man is also an entrepreneur, author, and producer. Here is his biography and all there is to know about him.
Many know the artist from the Danny K Hurts So Bad hit single that propelled him to fame. Besides this, the man is also famous for other things, such as being the founder of SHOUT: a South African crime-fighting charity.
- Full name: Daniel Koppel
- Date of birth: 8th September 1977
- Birthplace: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
- Age: 42 years old
- Religion: Jewish
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, author, actor
Early life and family
The musician was born on 8th September 1977. How old is Danny K? At the moment, Danny K age is 42 years. Was Danny K born in SA? Yes, he was. The artist was born in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
Although much is not known about his family, the following details are in the public domain.
- Danny K father sold floor polish door to door. He, later on, became the first LG importer in South Africa.
- The name of Danny K brother is Jarren. Sadly, Jarren is deceased. How did Danny K brother die? He was involved in a fatal helicopter accident that took his life. Jarren was 23 years old at the time of his death.
- His mother's name is Pam Koppel.
He grew up in a modest household. At one time, the family even lived in a one-bedroomed flat.
For his Matric, he went to King David Linksfield.
From 1996 to 2000, he was a student at the University of Witwatersrand. Here, he studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Political Science.
From 2010 to 2011, he attended Wits Business School, where he earned a postgraduate degree in Business Management. After graduating from Wits Business School, he worked in an investment bank.
He started submitting demos when he was 17 years old. Sadly enough, he suffered seven years of rejection as none of the major labels in South Africa wanted to sign him.
One of the small independent labels decided to give him a shot based on his demo Hurt So Bad, which later became his first single and made him an overnight success.
Later on, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's British manager, who was in South Africa, saw Danny's video and decided to pitch Danny. The label then signed him.
Danny K South Africa singer then moved to London and spent two years recording his album.
In an unexpected turn of events, the label dropped him when he was on the verge of releasing his international album. He had to move back to South Africa and, with his brother Jarren, started his own record label.
Danny K songs
His famous songs include
- Feels Good To Me
- Brown Eyes
- You Don't Know My Name
- Getting Down
- Hurts So Bad
- I Could Love U
- One Of A kind
- The Last One's
- This Is My Time (featuring Terri Walker & Kabelo)
- Shorty (featuring WhistleJacket)
- Separate Lies
- Across The Line
- I Get Up Again
- Made 2 Love You
- Good Look
- I Can't Help It
His albums include:
- Danny K - 2000
- J23 - 2003
- Same Difference (with Mandoza) - 2005
- This Is My Time - 2006
- Across The Line - 2010
- Good Look - 2013
Apart from his music career, the artist is also an entrepreneur with several businesses under his name, such as J23 Entertainment, Masterpiece Capital, ROCKA Headphones, and KD Foods RSA.
J23 was named as a tribute to Jarren, his brother, who died at the age of 23 years.
- Four SAMA awards
- Two consecutive Kids Choice Awards
- Two successive People's Choice Awards
- YOU Magazine award for Best South African Musician
- The South African STYLE award
Danny K wife and family
In 2012, he married Lisa Gundelfinger, the daughter of the most prominent divorce lawyer in South Africa, Billy Gundelfinger.
Although it is unknown how many children the couple has, his LinkedIn profile states that he is a father.
Danny K net worth
It is assumed that he has a net worth of $1 Million - $5 Million.
Danny K Instagram
Although his Instagram account has not yet been verified, the superstar has 27.7k followers on the platform.
Danny K tweet
In 2019, the star posted a tweet calling out racism. The tweet caused him a lot of backlash. Here it is.
He recently posted a pic of the tweet on his Instagram page with the caption,
When I wrote this tweet in 2019 I was chastised by some, celebrated by others. My point now as it was then, is that to be silent is to be ...complicit. Racism cannot be tolerated. Stand up, speak out! ❤️
Is Danny K still alive?
Yes, he is.
Where is Danny K?
The artist is currently in South Africa.
Danny K is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and businessman with a lesson or two for each one of us when it comes to perseverance and hard work.