As a child, Powter played the violin before changing to piano. He changed to piano once a group of kids bullied him and destroyed his violin. A dyslexic, Powter had trouble in university studying music, and later dropped out in order to pursue his own musical career, learning all songs by ear and recording new melodies that he created.
Daniel Powter released his debut album, I'm Your Betty, in 2000. The album, limited to a very small print, contains ten songs, two of which—'More Than I' and 'Negative Fashion'—were featured on the television show Higher Ground. Powter has a music publishing deal with BMG Music Publishing for France.
Powter's first single, 'Bad Day', was first released in Europe in mid 2005, in advance of his second album, Daniel Powter. Warner Bros. Records submitted the single for commercial production, and it was subsequently chosen by Coca-Cola as the theme song for an ad campaign in Europe. The song achieved heavy airplay in most European countries, peaking at number three on the overall European airplay chart. It reached number one on national airplay in Germany, number one on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland1 and Italy, number two in the United Kingdom,—where it stayed in the top ten for thirteen weeks—and number three in Australia.
On July 2, 2005, Powter performed at the Berlin installment of Live 8, a simultaneous group of concerts in nine countries intended to raise awareness of poverty in Africa and put pressure on world leaders for aid.
The subsequent singles from Daniel Powter—'Jimmy Gets High', 'Free Loop', and 'Lie to Me'—were released in different parts of the world, each failing to match the success of 'Bad Day'. 'Free Loop' was deemed chart ineligible in the UK (as the release included a version of 'Bad Day' as a B-side whilst 'Bad Day' was still in the chart, hence breaking chart rules) and failed to chart in the U.S., though it reached the top forty on the Adult Contemporary chart. Following the release of 'Lie to Me', 'Jimmy Gets High' was to be the fourth single from the album in the UK, but its release was cancelled. A new track called 'Love You Lately' was released as the next U.S. single, preceding a re-release of the album Daniel Powter that was also cancelled.
Bad Day "By Daniel Powter. For voice, piano and guitar (chords only). Piano Vocal. Pop Rock, Adult Alternative and Adult Contemporary. Difficulty: medium. Single. Vocal melody, lyrics, piano accompaniment, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. 8 pages. Published