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Jeffrey Daniel

     
Jeffrey Daniel

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Biography

Official Biography (courtesy of Jeffrey Daniel)

Jeffrey Daniel first came into the spotlight as a dancer on the US TV show Soul Train. From Soul Train evolved Shalamar - a band that sold 25 million albums world-wide with hit records such as "A Night to Remember", "Friends" and "There it is". With Shalamar he introduced West Coast Street Dance into Europe and started a huge dance craze - body popping, robotics, locking and whacking with his amazing skills as a dancer. After 7 years, millions of album sales and tours around the world, Shalamar performed at London's Wembley Arena and the original line-up then went their separate ways.

Jeffrey took on the role of 'Electra' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new West End musical 'Starlight Express' and linked up with Michael Jackson to rack up some dance and choreography credits.

JD is the man that taught Michael Jackson the Moonwalk and later went on to choreograph "Bad" and co-choreograph "Smooth Criminal."

Jeffrey released the album Skinny Boy in 1990 (Solar Records) which featured the singles "She's the Girl" and "I'll be Around." In the mid nineties Jeffrey set up home in Japan and continued working with Michael Jackson - he was creative consultant on the video "Ghost" and a consultant for Michael's record company MJJ Productions.

In the mid-90s, Babyface reunited Jeffrey, Howard and Jody for his version of their hit single 'For The Lover in You.' Shalamar followed this success with two UK Arena tours in 1999 and 2003, and then in 2005 performed on the TV show 'Hit Me Baby one more time' with Jeffrey Daniel, Howard Hewett and new singer Carolyn Griffey (daughter of Shalamar founder Dick Griffey the CEO of SOLAR records).

In 2007 Jeffrey Daniel is bringing together all of his unique individual talents and launching a solo career that will see him perform as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and West Coast dance icon. Jeffrey Daniel will be touring in the autumn to promote the album release.


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Skinny Boy

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Comments

The wonderful talent of Jeffrey Daniel

Jeffrey is such a consummate entertainer. Having been around the block and then some, Jeffrey brings to his audience a disarming personality, tempered slightly by his keen sense of humility and maturity. The British audience have been lucky to have JD on Tour for the past year or two, falling for his magic.

It was through the Skinny Boy album that I finally had the chance to really HEAR him, as Jeffreys vocal talents were largely overshadowed during the Shalamar era..and the boy got talent!. My favourites on the track include " Thats my Heart" a sweet love angst ballad, "She's the Girl" an uptempo, very danceable declaration of love and "Here we are" a mid tempo celebration of succeeding against the odds.He does a very credible cover of "I'll be around". Why didnt Skinny Boy do better? Well , only the marketing executives can answer that one, cause all in all, its a good solo attempt.

Judging from his success on the UK circuit, he connects with both the current youth market, as well as others like me..who would like to remain young forever!

But you know what perhaps will sound crazy? Jeffrey has THE most beautiful speaking voice..He definately should think about internet radio !!

Having to suffer a very remote observance, this fan longs to see him perform live one day!.. In the meantime, I patiently await his cd which is in the making
Sandy

I truley feel what you are

I truley feel what you are saying. I love his speaking voice too. I find it sexy! I also love his personality. He seems like he would be the type someone could hang out with all day and have a good time. He's very sweet. Of all the Shalamar members, he is the one I like the most. I just hate that my dream will not come true of being able to see him and Michael Jackson perform together on stage live(due to MJ's death). You see, here in America, I have not seen or heard Jeffrey Daniel being talked about at all as the most legendary dancer and as the one who taught MJ the Moonwalk! There is no "Shalamar" anymore in America either. I think America missed the opportunity to get to really know legendary Jeffrey Daniel really is. Some older people remeber him from Soul Train in the 70's. But some people I have talked to did not know he was a Shalamar member. I think he was really the backbone of that group. And as far as talent, he is the most well rounded of the three. He's truely a legend. I will be buying his album when it comes out. I dream of meeting him one day.

Janet