Born Ashton Simmonds, Canadian R&B soul singer and songwriter Daniel Caesar put his career in motion independently. Caesar built his online following from the ground up with many EPs that kept his fans continuously buzzing about his artistry. Finally in August, he released his debut album, Freudian.
Caesar's debut 2014 EP "Praise Break" was No. 19 on the "20 Best R&B Albums of 2014" by Rolling Stone and was a beautiful work of art. The album had influences from Daniel's upbringing, religion and "love life."
As a young kid, Daniel Caesar started out in a choir, and with a father like Norwill Simmonds, a great gospel singer, it's no secret that Daniel picked up his skill form home.
But when he was growing up, Caesar's life had its fair share of ups and downs -- from being expelled from school for selling drugs to leaving home to follow his dreams of a musical career in 2014 and hoping his friends would let him crash at their places until he was well on his feet.
His life soon changed as he went from a slight buzz to an overnight success, with his music touching mainstream. As his audience begins to grow, he's noticing support from Apple Music and other huge outlets that are helping push his music to the charts.
Caesar's breakout single "Get You" accrued well over 20 million global streams on Apple Music and 12 million streams on Spotify since its 2016 release.
Also somewhat new to the scene is Kali Uchis, who has been turning up the streamwaves with singles "Ridin Round" and "Tyrant."
Caesar earned his first gold with “Get You,” featuring Kali Uchis. The track was smooth swoons and perfect chord changes. At first listen, you just want to curl up with bae; it's just a vibe-worthy R&B jam.
Caesar claims his dad is more fire than him as an artist. Caesar's father, Norwill, is an acclaimed gospel singer.
Caesar sang in the choir at church at age 8, performing “Come, Thou Fount.” His Caribbean parents were "extremely religious," with his dad hailing from Jamaica and mother from Barbados. He was into artists like Take 6, Commissioned and Kirk Franklin, as most pop wasn't allowed to be played in his home.
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