Daniel John Mark Luke “Danny” O’Donoghue is an Irish singer-songwriter known for being the frontman of the Irish pop band The Script and as a coach on the first two series of the television singing talent show The Voice UK. Danny O’Donoghue was born in Dublin, Ireland to Shay O’Donoghue, a member of the band ‘The Dreams’, and Ailish O’Donoghue. O’Donoghue was initially against the idea of being a musician; however, he ended up dropping out of school to pursue a musical career.
Danny O’Donoghue was originally a member of a late 1990s band called Mytown with friend (and now also band member of The Script) Mark Sheehan, after being signed to Universal Records in 1999. After its moderate success, O’Donoghue moved to Los Angeles with Sheehan to write songs and produce for artists such as Britney Spears, Boyz II Men and TLC.
O’Donoghue also co-wrote the track “Alive” for Bo Bruce’s album Before I Sleep. On 16 July 2013, O’Donoghue announced he was leaving the show to concentrate on The Script. He was replaced for the third series by Ricky Wilson.