Daniel Richard Powter (born February 25, 1971) is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his self-penned hit song "Bad Day" (2005), which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100.
Born in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, Powter was raised alongside his parents Tyrone and Susan. He began playing the violin at age four and switched to piano at 10. Suffering from dyslexia, he dropped out of school at age 20 to pursue his own musical career.
In 2005, Powter released his first single, 'Bad Day', which achieved heavy airplay and became a European chart-topper. It was later used on the fifth season of American Idol, where it reached the top spot. It also appeared on a number of television shows in Europe, and was nominated for the 2006 Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Bad Day topped the charts in several countries including Germany, Italy, and Australia. The song also made the top ten in the United Kingdom, where it stayed for thirteen weeks.
His success earned him several awards, including the 2005 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year and the BRIT Award for Best Single. He has also received numerous nominations for other awards.
His career has been a successful one, and he has made millions of dollars. He is currently ranked the highest paid singer in the world, according to People With Money, earning an impressive $46 million between February 2022 and February 2023.