Daniel Francis “Dan” Croll (born 18 July 1990) is a British singer-songwriter born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. He moved toLiverpool when he was 18 to attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). While at LIPA, he won the national Songwriter of the Year award from the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and was one of eight students picked to have a one-to-one with LIPA founder Sir Paul McCartney. He is currently signed to Turn First Records.
Croll signed to Turn First Records at the start of 2012. His debut single, “From Nowhere”, was released worldwide on 24 September 2012 via Turn First / Racquet Records (Croll’s own imprint) as a digital download and limited 7″. “From Nowhere” spent 3 days at the top of the Hype Machine popular charts, was playlisted in the UK on BBC 6 Music, XFM and Amazing Radio, and received spot plays on BBC Radio 1. Croll was named a Guardian New Band of the Day in November 2012 and described as “Paul Simon jamming with Prince. Very nice”. DJ duo Åme produced a remix of “From Nowhere” which was, despite its popularity in the deep house scene, rejected by Croll’s management.
Croll released his second single “Compliment Your Soul” in March 2013. This was followed up by the release of “In/Out” in July 2013.
On 13 October 2013, Croll released the song “Home” on his own VEVO channel on YouTube.
On 29 October 2013, during an on-air Virgin Radio interview, Croll confirmed he had finished recording his full length debut album. The LP was expected to be released early in 2014.
His song “Compliment Your Soul” was included in the soundtrack for the video game FIFA 14. As well as FIFA, a remix of From Nowhere, titled From Nowhere (Baardsen Remix), was featured on the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V. The song was featured on one of the game’s radio stations, Radio Mirror Park, and in the official trailer of the game regarding its release on PC, and the next-generation Xbox One and Playstation 4 consoles.
In November 2013, he announced during a concert in Camden Town, London, that his first album Sweet Disarray, would be released on 10 March 2014.
On 19 April 2014 for Record Store Day, Croll released a limited 10″ orange vinyl featuring 2 unreleased songs. Side A featured Hello My Baby (featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo)’ which was backed with Ever at Your Side. Croll went to Durban to record Hello My Baby with the group. The limited vinyl was released in independent record stores on the day.
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