Daniel James Seavey (born April 2, 1999) is an American singer from Portland, Oregon. He is a member of the boy-band singing group Why Don't We, who recently released their debut album, 8 Letters. They also recently finished their 8 Letters Tour in the States, Europe, and Asia.

Background[edit | edit source]

The son of a pastor, Daniel had been singing since childhood. He was a high school student when he tried out for American Idol. His mother has always been supportive. He had three siblings, two older brothers, Christian and Tyler, and a younger sister, Anna.

Daniel auditioned in San Francisco with Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" and Leonard Cohen's "Halleujiah" and earned his first ticket to Hollywood. He sang "Thinking Out Loud" and "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran during the Hollywood Rounds and advanced to Showcase Week. He sang "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul once more and earned a spot in the Top 24 where he sang "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. He advanced onto the Top 16 and sang "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by Marvin Gaye and was voted into the Finals, being one of the youngest singers to do so. During the Top 12, he performed "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul for a third time and was voted into the Top 11. During the Top 11, he performed "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and "Lost Stars" by Adam Levine and advanced into the Top 9. He performed "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates during the Top 9 and was eliminated afterwords on April 1, 2015. He was eliminated the day before his birthday, which is on April 2.

Criticism[edit | edit source]

Despite having a likeable personality and great potential as a singer, many critics felt that at age 15, Daniel wasn't ready for Idol and should've waited a little while longer until auditioning. Many fans of the show were even angered by other singers such as Adanna Duru and Maddie Walker get eliminated before him. The judges' unwillingness to critique him on his performances further angered Idol fans. Despite that, he was able to find success after his time on the show was with Why Don't We.

Performances[edit | edit source]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Straight Up" and "Hallelujiah" Paula Abdul and Leonard Cohen N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 Acapella "Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Story of My Life" One Direction N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Solo "I See Fire" Ed Sheeran N/A Advanced
Showcase Week Personal Choice "Straight Up" Paula Abdul N/A Advanced
Top 24 Contestant's Choice "I'm Yours" Jason Mraz 15 Advanced
Top 16 Motown "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" Marvin Gaye 1 Advanced
Top 12 Back to the Start "Straight Up" Paula Abdul 3 Safe
Top 11 (first week) Get the Party Started "Happy" Pharrell Williams 9 Safe
Top 11 (second week) Songs from the Movies "Lost Stars" Adam Levine 2 Safe
Top 9 80s Night "You Make My Dreams" Hall & Oates 1 Eliminated

Post Idol[edit | edit source]

Since his time on the show, Daniel has since started his own YouTube channel where he has posted videos of himself singing the songs "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5 and "How Sweet It Is" by Marvin Gaye. He also made a cameo in Jax's music video for her song "La La Land". He announced on Twitter on April 23, 2016 that he has been signed by an independent label. He collaborated with Lovey James on two singles, "Secret Love Song" and "See You Again". He later joined a boyband singing group known as Why Don't We. Their first EP, Only the Beginning​, was released on November 25, 2016. Their second EP, Something Different​, was released on April 21, 2017. Their third EP, Why Don't We Just, was released on June 2, 2017. Their fourth EP, ​Invitation, ​was released on September 27, 2017. The group finished up their "Something Different" tour. They hit the road for their "Invitation" tour, and in December they performed on Jingle Ball 2017 and performed in front of at least 20,000 people, performing on their first arena tour. They are also hitting the road for their 8 Letters Tour. During 2019, Why Don't We performed in their biggest tour yet, performing in famous venues such as Radio City Music Hall which he and the band sold out in two hours and even Microsoft Theatre. They released a song of the month where they released a monthly single any time during the month. When it was August, they released a single written by Ed Sheeran called What Am I. They performed this song fully for the first time on live TV on the Today Show with only instruments, no electronics. They are currently doing pop-up shops all over the U.S. in 5 different cities, including one on their 3 year anniversary on September 27. After that, they're heading to Europe and Asia to finish off their 8 Letters tour.

Discography[edit | edit source]

​Why Don't We:

  •  Only the Beginning ​(EP) (2016)
  • Something Different (EP) (2017)
  •  Why Don't We Just (EP) (2017)
  • ​Invitation (EP) (2017)
  • A Why Don't We Christmas (EP) (2017)
  • These Girls (SINGLE) (2017)
  • Trust Fund Baby (SINGLE) (2018)
  • Hooked (SINGLE) (2018)
  • Talk (Single) (2018)
  • 8 Letters (Single) (2018)
  • 8 Letters (Album) (2018)
  • Big Plans (Single) (2019)
  • Cold in LA (Single) (2019)
  • I Don't Belong in This Club ft. Macklemore (Single) (2019)
  • Don't Change from the UglyDolls motion picture soundtrack (Single) (2019)
  • Unbelievable (Single) (2019)
  • Come to Brazil (Single) (2019)
  • I Still Do (Single) (2019)
  • What Am I (Single) (2019)
  • Mad At You (Single) (2019)
  • With You This Christmas (Single) (2019)
  • Chills (Single) (2019)


Season 14
Finalists
Nick Fradiani ·Clark Beckham ·Jax ·Rayvon Owen ·Tyanna Jones ·Quentin Alexander ·Joey Cook ·Qaasim Middleton ·Daniel Seavey ·Adanna Duru ·Maddie Walker ·Sarina-Joi Crowe
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