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Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Actor. These are just a few of the titles that apply to the multi-talented man born, Danny Boy Steward, P.K.A., Danny Boy. And with all that talent, is poised to become a distinct signature in the book of prolific entertainers of our time. With strong roots in gospel music, he took his passion to the church and delighted many lives with his gift of song. They knew he had something special. This Chicago native has been involved with music since he was a young child. Born into a family of musically talented people, he grew up listening to the classics of jazz, gospel and R&B. He obtained most his inspiration from artists like Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, and the late, great, Marvin Gaye. But none more importantly than his mother, Dorothy, who was also a very talented singer and poet.
At the young age of 14, Danny entered the music industry as a label mate to some of the most notable icons in Hip Hop and R&B history such as Tupac Shakur & Snoop Dogg. His strong, mature, and soulful voice caught the attention of producers Dr Dre, Dallas Austin, & Grammy Award winner, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. He also has been featured on songs with various recording artists like Aaron Hall, Mary J. Blige, K-Ci & Jojo, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and the late LEGENDARY rapper, Tupac Shakur.
It was the hit, soulful, anthem, “I Ain't Mad At Cha”, featured on Tupac’s multi-platinum album, “All Eyez On Me” in 1996, that made Danny's voice resonate in the hearts and souls of both young and old, WORLDWIDE! This heartfelt song received enormous acclaim & airplay on both Urban & Top 40 radio stations that continues to this day. Danny Boy followed up with the smash hit “Toss It Up”, featured on Tupac's “Makaveli” album in 1996, and also performed with him on “Saturday Night Live”. Then, in 1997, he contributed 2 songs, “It’s Over Now”, which was written by Babyface, and “I Can’t Get Enough” to the soundtrack of the Tupac Shakur & Tim Roth movie, “Gridlock’d”. He later went on to record 3 songs for the soundtrack to Eddie Griffin's stand-up comedy movie, “DysFunKtional Family” in 2003, and with Twista, on one of his best album to date, “Kamikaze”, in the song “Snoopin” in 2004. You can also spot him in various documentaries about Tupac, such as, “Thug Angel” & “Tupac: Resurrection”. But with all that work that spans over a decade, his chance to shine as a solo artist has been just outside his grasp.
Danny has been working on various projects to become known as a COMPLETE ENTERTAINER with unforgettable abilities. He ventured into the theatre to star in such plays as “Love The Hurt Away” and “Woman To Woman” by John Ruffin. And as a songwriter and producer, he is constantly working in the studio to prepare and is preparing for his upcoming album "Love Offering". Danny’s touring as a background singer found him doing shows with Teena Marie, Norm Connors and Rick James. He also worked with Jazz saxophonist Danny Lerman on the powerful ballad, “You Take My Breath Away” and has performed with him as far away as The Netherlands. Danny was also a contestant on season 4 of American Idol that featured Carrie Underwood & Bo Bice. Although he apparently didn’t win it, it has not deterred him from his goal.
Although you may know him from singing with Tupac and Twista, he has always been singing for the Lord. Raised in the church by his mother and grandmother, they instilled a love for the Lord that is everlasting and unshakeable. The best chapters have yet to be written about this gifted artist. Danny's main goal is to showcase the gift that God gave him for all to enjoy and to build for a long lasting career.