Declan McKenna Biography
Declan McKenna is an English singer, songwriter, and musician. He started his music career during his teenage years. McKenna was noticed by the public when he won the ‘Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition.’ Soon after this, several music companies approached him, and he signed a contract with ‘Columbia Records.’ McKenna self-released his first single, ‘Brazil,’ through his ‘YouTube’ channel. The song, which was about the corruption scandals around the ‘Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup,’ was a big success. Back then, McKenna was in the news for making music about socially relevant topics. He was perceived as a teenager who displayed maturity beyond his age. His next single, ‘Paracetamol,’ was about transgender teenagers and the way they were misunderstood by society. His subsequent songs, such as ‘Bethlehem,’ ‘Isombard,’ and ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home,’ were also widely appreciated. McKenna considers singer David Bowie his inspiration. He has released three EPs, ‘Stains,’ ‘Liar,’ and ‘Regurgitated.’ His debut studio album was released under ‘Columbia Records’ and was titled ‘What Do You Think about the Car?’ Declan McKenna has performed at several music festivals, such as ‘The Great Escape Festival,’ the ‘Glastonbury Festival,’ and the ‘Reading and Leeds Festival.’ He is considered one of the most promising singers of the present generation. He won the ‘BBC Music Award’ for ‘BBC Introducing Artist of the Year.’
- Declan Benedict McKenna was born on December 24, 1998, in Enfield, Greater London. Both his parents are teachers. McKenna is the youngest of the six children of his parents. He grew up in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.
- Declan McKenna attended the ‘St. Mary’s Church of England High School.’ In 2015, he appeared for his ‘GCSE’ examinations. Later, he studied for the ‘A-Levels’ in English literature, philosophy and ethics, and sociology. McKenna quit studies when he ventured into the field of music.
- In 2015, Declan McKenna performed at the ‘Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition.’ He was declared the winner of the competition. He won a cash prize of £5,000 and a slot on the ‘William’s Green Stage.’ British music website ‘New Musical Express’ praised his performance. Following the win, McKenna entered into a management contract with ‘Q Prime.’ He signed a contract with the recording label ‘Columbia Records,’ too.
- In August 2015, McKenna released his first single, ‘Brazil.’ Before its release, he had posted a few demo songs on his website. ‘Brazil’ proved to be his breakthrough hit. The lyrics of the song were about the corruption scandals surrounding the ‘FIFA World Cup.’ Through the song, he criticized the organization ‘FIFA’ for conducting the tournament in Brazil without addressing the country’s poverty related issues. The song was a huge success. It reached number 16 on the ‘Billboard Alternative Songs Chart.’
- After the success of ‘Brazil,’ McKenna performed at several events, such as the ‘Somersault Festival,’ the ‘Boston Big Gig Festival,’ and the ‘Electric Picnic Music Festival.’ He was hailed as a singer who was mature beyond his age. His stand on socially relevant matters was appreciated by many. His second single, ‘Paracetamol,’ was also a success. It spoke about the issues faced by transgender teenagers.
- In 2016, McKenna released two EPs, ‘Stains’ and ‘Liar.’ The same year, he released the singles ‘Bethlehem’ and ‘Isombard.’ His single ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home’ reached number 84 on Belgium’s ‘Ultratop Flanders’ chart. In 2016, McKenna performed at several musical events, such as the ‘NME Awards,’ ‘The Great Escape Festival,’ and ‘Standon Calling.’ In March 2016, he made his debut performance in North America, at ‘Jannus Live’ in Florida.
- In 2017, McKenna released his debut studio album, ‘What Do You Think about the Car?’ It was released under the label ‘Columbia Records.’ The album featured his earlier songs, such as ‘Brazil,’ ‘Isombard,’ and ‘Bethlehem.’ It also had other tracks, such as ‘Humongous’ and ‘Why Do You Feel So Down.’ In 2017, McKenna won the ‘BBC Music Award’ for the ‘BBC Introducing Artist of the Year.’
- In 2018, McKenna released the music video for the song ‘Make Me Your Queen’ from his debut album. He also released the single ‘Listen to Your Friends.’ In 2019, he released the EP ‘Regurgitated.’
- Declan McKenna is reportedly single. He has drawn inspiration from singers such as David Bowie and Sufjan Stevens. McKenna has no qualms about being tagged as a political or protest singer. He feels happy to be able to express his opinions on socially significant matters. He accepts both praises and criticisms in a mature manner.
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