Daniel Powter has been writing music since he was just 10 years old, but it was one song that catapulted him into the limelight and changed everything. In 2006, “Bad Day” became a worldwide sensation, was nominated for a Grammy, and was featured promintently in American Idol. In the six years that followed, Powter experienced the roller-coaster ride that comes with that kind of success. He is now getting back to what he loves most – making music – and is releasing his new album Turn on the Lights.
“Let’s get stupid dancing with Cupid tonight,” urges the Powter over a strummy groove in lead single “Cupid.” “Don’t it feel all kind of right?”
“Cupid” does feel right. It’s an effervescent pop song, perfect for the summer season – the kind where you can’t help but feel good after listening.
Releasing Turn on the Lights is a major achievement in Daniel Powter‘s career. One would think that after finding the kind of success he did with “Bad Day” it would be smooth sailing from thereon out. That, unfortunately, was not the case, as the sheer weight of the song’s popularity began to overwhelm its creator.
Looking back, Powter acknowledges that “Bad Day” eventually began to take its toll on his creative energy. “It was a double-edged sword,” he admits, “kind of a blessing and a curse. I was touring the world and performing for thousands of people, but I felt like the song was starting to define me.” He laughs. “I actually found myself getting almost angry about it.”
All of that tension has been exorcised with the release of Turn on the Lights. Hearing the album is like feeling a breath of fresh air, because that is what it is to Daniel Powter. The sense of rejuvenation that he felt in making the album is palpable to the listener, and makes listening to it a joy.