Daniel Paul Maines was born in Stockport, Manchester and first began his musical career at the age of 7 when his father taught him the basics of music and how to play the Trombone.
Daniel then developed his musical knowledge and decided to become a percussionist. After several years of hard work, he became a member of ‘The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain’ (NYBB) at the age of 14.
By the time he had reached the age of 17, Daniel was voted ‘Player of The Year’ in the NYBB.
A few years later he was approached by the world famous ‘Black Dyke Band’ and offered the position of principal percussionist. With Black Dyke he went on to perform at some of the world’s most prestigious venues such as ‘The Royal Albert Hall’, ‘The Birmingham Symphony Hall’ and ‘The Bridgewater Hall’ in Manchester.
Even though winning contests such as ‘The European Brass Band Championships’ Daniel was never really happy until he had a microphone in his hand!
Daniel's first singing debut was in primary school but after a somewhat dreadful performance of Jason Donovan’s hit ‘Any Dream Will Do’ in the school talent show he soon realised he needed to work on it! After a few years he learnt some more instruments such as the piano and the guitar and began writing songs.
At the age of 21 Daniel decided that he wanted to become a professional singer and after a few showcases in front of various agents he found himself on the cabaret circuit doing 3-4 gigs per week. At that time he also joined ‘The Professional Karaoke League’ in Stockport and became the first person in league history to score a perfect 20 on the night and went on to repeat this 12 times. He was also awarded the ‘Vocalist and Performer of the Season’ that year.
Early in 2007 Daniel saw an advert looking for singers for a ‘Take That Tribute’ band. He instantly applied and went for an audition. A couple of days passed and the call came offering him the position of Gary Barlow. Daniel said “Being a Take That fan and a huge Gary Barlow fan I was absolutely ecstatic about getting the job a couldn’t wait to get started! Then after I met the other 3 lads I was even happier to get the chance to work with such highly talented guys”.