Ex-Yell! vocalist and actor Daniel James is back with another self-penned release today (30th July) entitled ‘Don’t Want To Lose That Girl’. The single, an uplifting summery track, celebrates good times and happiness and is the follow up to ‘Set Your Spirit Free’ a song about coming out of lockdown.
‘Don’t Want To Lose That Girl’ was inspired by listening to several friends who were going through some difficulties in their relationships but didn’t want to lose their partners. One couple in their late 30s/40s wanted to find a way back to the happy carefree times, another 80-year-olds who had been married for 60 years but the wife wanted to split up and the husbands exact words to Daniel where ‘I don’t want to lose that girl’. A third, a gay couple, that were going through the exact same emotions as the other couples wanting to rekindle the excitement and passion in there relationship.
The song goes on a journey remembering happy memories and fears of losing a partner to the end where the couples have rekindled their relationships and are feeling upbeat and very happy. It may surprise you to find out which of the three couples stayed together and which couple didn’t manage to capture that spark again……?
‘Don’t Want To Lose That Girl’ makes the point that love has no age or gender barrier and it touches all of us at some point in our lies. Daniel declined the suggestion that he become a marriage guidance counsellor and is happy to be a good listener and continue to record his thoughts and feelings in his song writing…….. Daniel is currently co-writing tracks for Kpop Groups.
Daniel was signed by Simon Cowell in his pre-BGT days to his label Fanfare alongside his chart-topping label mate Sinitta… The duo Yell! launched with a cover suggested by the group, ‘Instant Replay’ originally by Dan Hartman, coincidently Simon had homed in on this song from his Guinness Book Of Hit Singles (his bible) that he kept under his bed!
The track, produced by Nigel Wright (Shakatak/UK Mixmasters) and mixed by Pete Hammond, became a Top 10 hit and the group appeared on hundreds of TV shows and magazine covers. Yell! worked hard for 3 years touring up and down the country writing material and performing in schools during the day and clubs at night! Eventually the roller-coaster stopped…
Previous to Yell! Daniel released solo material produced Mike Stock and Matt Aitkin, worked as an actor in various TV dramas and presented children’s TV live on the BBC every morning. This led to him co-hosting a series called’ But First This’ with Andy Crane and Sue Devaney, and on the last day of the show he met his then manager Jeff Chegwin (brother of Keith). He suggested pairing up with another singer and formed Yell! and the rest is history.
After Yell!, like anyone who loses a coveted job, it wasn’t easy coming to terms with, so Daniel took on a new challenge in New York acting as Hepheastion in the workshop production of ‘The Feast Of Alexander’ Off Broadway. When he returned to the UK he threw himself into acting and carved out a respectable career. Scoring guest lead roles in major TV series such as Casualty, The Last Tango In Halifax, Doctors, Eastenders and Coronation Street.
Daniel was brought up in Hartlepool in the northeast of England and started performing at an early age. After being accepted at a drama school he moved South and from there jumped into working for regional theatres to build up his experience and graduated onto TV. He was already songwriting and even performed as a cheerleader on Top Of The Pops!
After the dust settled on Yell! he didn’t think he would ever sing or record again and felt very wounded and scarred. But after several years away from music was persuaded to go back in the studio again by a female friend and singer and they recorded a duet – a version of the old Minnie Ripperton track ‘Loving You’. Once standing in the booth with the earphone over one ear and the track playing he suddenly realised what he had been missing. His fear and sense of hurt and loss disappeared and his passion for singing and recording returned, as if it had never been away. After years caring for his elderly mother who sadly passed away, he decided there and then that he wouldn’t let past experiences hold him back