It is with great sadness that we report, industry powerhouse, Lashawn Daniels, died last night in a horrific car accident.
LaShawn Ameen Daniels is an American singer—songwriter—producer and vocal arrangers.
LaShawn Daniels has a catalogue that includes multi-platinum award winning songs like “It’s Not Right (But It’s Okay)” by Whitney Houston, “The Boy Is Mine” by Monica and Brandy, “Man Enough For Me” by Toni Braxton “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson & “Telephone” by Lady Gaga, “Say My Name” by Destinys Child. “Dejavu”, “Scared of Lonely”, by Beyoncé. “Redemption”, “Teenage Fever” by Drake. Daniels has been credited as the “Secret Weapon” behind many of today’s biggest stars. Two (2) Grammys and 300 million sold records later, Daniels emerged from the shadows to take his place as an accomplished executive, coupling his business acumen with his incomparable talent as one of the industry’s most prolific singer—songwriter—producer and vocal arrangers.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Daniels has always had a serious passion for music and decided to pursue his love for the craft at an early age. A chance meeting at a recording session with long time associate Rodney Jerkins marked the start of promising career for the then unknown producer and songwriter. Lending his innovative pen and vocal arrangements to some of R&B’s best and brightest, Daniels earlier works included placements with artists such as Tyrese (Tyrese), Deborah Cox (One Wish), Brian McKnight (Back At One), Brandy (Never Say Never ENTIRE ALBUM) Brandy (Full Moon ENTIRE ALBUM). In 1999 he scored his first crossover hit with the single “If You Had My Love” by Jennifer Lopez. Soon after, he won his first Grammy for penning the song “Say My Name” which won for “R&B Song Of The Year” at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Almost overnight, Daniels became one of the industry’s most respected and sought after writers/vocal arrangers. After writing and arranging hit records and full albums for Whitney Houston (Heartbreak Hotel, I Learned From The Best, It’s Not Right (But It’s Ok)), Toni Braxton (He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me), The Spice Girls (Forever CD), Brandy (Full Moon CD), and Alicia Keys (Songs in A-Minor CD), Daniels had the honor of being called upon to write for one of his musical heroes, the late great Michael Jackson (Invincible” ENTIRE ALBUM). “Working with Michael Jackson was one of the greatest moments of my career,” recalls Daniels, “His contribution to the music industry is unparalleled, a true genius.”
Never being confined to a specific genre or sound, Daniels continues to diversify his brand through universal groundbreaking penmanship. His recent Grammy nominations and win for writing the hit song “Telephone” by Lady GaGa (Best Pop Vocal Album 2011) speak to that fact. You can also hear his vocal on Erica Campbells “I Luh God” and in 2016 Daniels along with with four other creative forces behind your favorite recording artists, Isaac Caree, Eric Dawkins, Gerald Haddon and Adonis Shopshire to form the super group KlarKent and their debut single “Oh My God” also featuried Derek Minor.
We are praying for his amazing wife, April Daniels, his family and everyone who is affected directly by this tremendous loss.