Posted by Sandra on June 2 2017

So looks like we’ll have to wait a bit more for new McFly music according to this recent interview with Danny where he talks about McFly, The Voice Kids (that is premiering on June 10) and his new role as a Speakers for Schools ambassador.
Credit for all the pics to Jake Davis.

[x10]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2017 > JAKE DAVIES PHOTOSHOOT

There are pages and pages of embryonic lyrics in the Notes section of Danny Jones’ iPhone. I know this because halfway through our interview he insists on showing me, beckoning me over to his side of the table and tilting the phone’s screen towards me. He reads out some of the lyrics, looking up every now and again to gauge my reaction. “It’s poetry, isn’t it?” he says, after a pause. “I write poetry every day.” This statement, said without a hint of irony, could easily sound cocky. From Jones, it comes across as honest and endearing. And, in his defence, we have just been talking about poetry.

Inspiring children

The McFly singer – who recently became an ambassador for the charity Speakers for Schools, campaigning for better arts tuition in secondary schools – tells me he wishes he’d known how useful poetry and a good vocabulary would be to songwriting. If he had, he might have sat up a little straighter in class.

As well as encouraging children to pay attention in the core subjects, Jones is also pushing for better music lessons in schools, saying creative and musically talented children should be inspired to “dream big”.

A child who wants to become a rock star should be given the same support as a child who wants to become a doctor, he says. “There is so much focus on maths and science. A lot of good things come from creative arts and I don’t think we should lose it as a nation.”

Jones, who has been playing the guitar since he was six, admits that if he’d relied solely on the music tuition he was receiving at school he probably wouldn’t be working in the industry now. “For my work experience, I did joinery for the council. I went and fitted kitchens.”

He credits his hard-working mum, who paid for him to have private lessons, with his success. “When I got the guitar out and made a little noise, she would turn the TV off,” he says. “I felt like she wanted to listen to me.”
…keep reading.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on May 24 2017

Danny went to his old music school in Bolton yesterday to give some advice to the actual students. You can read a bit about his visit to the school below and also see some pics.

[x21]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > THORNLEIGH SCHOOL, BOLTON – MAY 23

We were extremely honoured on Tuesday 23rd May to have ex Thornleigh Salesian College student Danny Jones of McFly come talk to our students.

Danny – singer, songwriter, producer and now mentor – is a speaker for the national charity ‘Speaker for Schools’. He encourages the next generation in their ambitions through sharing his experiences so far in his career. Danny spoke to 250 students, Years 7-9, about his lessons learned on resilience, hard work and finding support in those around him along the way.

The talk was followed by a workshop with GCSE Music students, Mr Eccleshare and Mrs Birtley, helping them perfect their performance of ‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan – the same song he performed in Year 11.

As a member of McFly and now a mentor and coach on the Voice Kids, Danny has started sharing his insights with young people to help encourage them in their potential, and to not feel limited by their surroundings especially if they are passionate about making a career in music or the arts. Speakers for Schools was launched in 2011 to help state secondary schools and colleges across the UK access eminent, high-profile figures to help inspire and encourage their students from all backgrounds through free talks such as these. In 2016 the charity launched its Creativity, Arts and Culture in State Schools campaign seeing the top arts and culture figures speak to students to help encourage, demystify and demonstrate the benefits of the arts subjects for all students. The charity has arranged over 3,600 talks across the UK to date reaching over 400,000 students.

Danny Jones has said:

“I am delighted to be working with Speakers for Schools. I think it’s imperative that those of us who have had success in the industry give back to young people. One of the most powerful ways we can do this is by directly sharing the lessons we have learned and supporting their ambitions. By sharing how my journey unfolded I hope I can inspire other young people to be bold in pursuing their own path, whether it be in music or otherwise – and not to worry about failure or getting it wrong. That’s part of the journey.”

Mrs Alison Burrowes, Headteacher of Thornleigh Salesian College has said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Danny back to Thornleigh Salesian College. We are extremely proud of all that he has achieved since leaving here in 2002. We have very fond memories of him being involved in our school productions and shows. We are very much looking forward to him having the opportunity to share his experiences with our current students and allowing them insight into his successful career. We are committed to encouraging all our young people to foster their creative talents and are sure that Danny will really inspire them to follow their dreams and to be resilient when faced with the challenges that the world throws at them.”

Thank you so much to Danny for inspiring our students as much as he did, it is a day they will never forget. And thank you to our students, who again presented themselves impeccably.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on May 2 2017

Danny wrote an interesting article on the Huffington post talking about how important it is to support young musicians.

Some of you may know me, others may not. For those who don’t, I’m Danny Jones: singer, songwriter, producer and a member of the band, McFly. This summer I will be fortunate enough to be a coach on ITV’s The Voice Kids. My recent experience as a coach hit close to home, and made me want to speak up about the importance of why we MUST support our nation’s musically-gifted kids.

I read an article recently by Dr. Ally Daubney of the University of Sussex and she warned us loud and clear that music could face extinction in secondary state schools throughout England. This got me thinking and was a real concern for me. You and I both know that if music is not offered in schools, it’s also unlikely to be offered at home. We need to all join forces now in supporting our kids that want to be involved in music. If we don’t, we will witness a generation of storytellers and overall trendsetters come and go without leaving its deserved cultural mark on our great nation.

Although the threat of music being eradicated in our schools is becoming more real, we can still help the UK’s younger generation leave its deserved cultural mark on this planet regardless of this potential threat. I’m convinced that there are three actions we can take to ensure we are doing everything possible to support the potential in our musically-gifted kids. The first is being vocal about our support. Showing the kids that they are backed every step of the way no matter what, and that we believe in their dream as much as they do.

Secondly, we must re-educate the kids on what failure actually is, and thus why they should not fear failure, whatsoever. Thirdly, we need to help our musically-gifted kids understand how what they learn in school will absolutely apply to their professional musical art in the future. If we can commit to take these three actions, I am confident we can save the next generation of Beatles, David Bowies and Rolling Stones.
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Posted by Sandra on April 3 2017

Watch below Danny’s first appearance on The Voice UK last Saturday to promote The Voice Kids alongside Pixie Lott and Will I Am.

[x2]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > THE VOICE UK, LONDON – APRIL 1

 
 
Posted by Sandra on January 28 2017

I updated the gallery with more than 200 new pics of the boys, some we already have them but in bad quality and I added the HQ quality and some are never seen before, at least for me so hope you like them as much as I do! Credit for them to all the amazing photographers that took them, they’re mentioned on the albums.

[x13]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2014 > JOSEPH SINCLAIR PHOTOSHOOT

[x1]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2016 > NATHAN PASK PHOTOSHOOT FOR FAULT

[x8]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2016 > THOMAS WOOD PHOTOSHOOT

[x55]OFFICIAL > CONOR MCDONNELL

[x23]OFFICIAL > KRIS ASKEY

[x73]OFFICIAL > GEORGE KARALEXIS

[x62]OFFICIAL > TOM LEISHMAN

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 15 2016

I added to the gallery a few more pics of Danny and Georgia at the Military Awards last night.

[x9]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > THE SUN MILITARY AWARDS, LONDON – DECEMBER 14

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 15 2016

Danny attended tonight in London the The Sun Military Awards ceremony and they looked stunning!!! See the pics in the gallery below!

[x4]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > THE SUN MILITARY AWARDS, LONDON – DECEMBER 14

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 17 2016

Last tuesday, 3/4 of McFly, Dougie is still in the USA, attended the European premiere of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them in London. Even that it was raining the boys managed to look as good as usual. Check all the pics on the gallery!

[x22]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM EUROPEAN PREMIERE, LONDON – NOVEMBER 15

[x6]CANDIDS > 2016 > ARRIVING TO THE FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM AFTER PARTY, LONDON – NOVEMBER 15

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 16 2016

It has finally been confirmed that Danny will join Will.I.AM on The Voice Kids next year!! Can’t wait to see him on the telly finding a new superstar!

[x1]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2016 > THE VOICE KIDS UK

The Voice Kids has put the finishing touches on will.i.am’s star-studded coaching panel.

With blind auditions beginning next month, the Black Eyed Peas star will be joined in the spinning chairs by McFly’s Danny Jones and pop sensation Pixie Lott.

Together, the trio will be on the lookout for talented kids between the ages of 7 and 14 to win a “life-changing grand prize”, which will be announced in the months ahead.

Pixie has three UK number-one singles to her credit, and also recently delighted West End audiences as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany.

“I can’t wait to join The Voice Kids and help discover the next big star,” Pixie said in a statement. “I have such a passion for talented young people and I know the UK will have lots – I can’t wait to hear them!

“I’m looking forward to getting started and working alongside my fellow coaches will.i.am and Danny Jones.”

Danny is fresh off his own successful McFly reunion tour, where the boys played each of their hit albums in sequence for fans across the UK.

“I’m pumped about joining The Voice Kids team,” Danny said of his new gig. “There are so many talented kids out there, they just need to be heard and this is a great platform for them.

“I’m looking forward to finding some fresh talent and coaching them. You never know, there might be a mini McFly out there!”

At the centre of this new coaching panel is will.i.am, who is making the move to ITV with The Voice following several successful series over on BBC One.

“Doing The Voice Kids with Pixie and Danny is going to be dope and I’m really excited to discover just how talented British kids can be,” the Black Eyed Peas frontman commented.

Ahead of the spinoff show, will.i.am is reuniting with Sir Tom Jones to join newcomers Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale as coaches on The Voice UK.

Emma Willis makes the jump from the BBC too when The Voice UK premieres on ITV next January.

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Posted by Sandra on November 9 2016

What would you guys think of Danny joining the panel of The Voice?

Looking for the next Star Girl (or Boy).​

With The Voice UK’s coaching panel now settled, all eyes are on ITV’s upcoming youth-centric spinoff.

The Voice Kids has already lined up will.i.am from the main show, and now The Mirror reports that McFly’s Danny Jones is in advanced talks for a coaching job as well.

Producers apparently see Jones as a “perfect fit” for The Voice Kids because “young contestants will really relate” to the boyband sensation, according to an insider.

A spokesperson for ITV told Digital Spy: “The panel for The Voice Kids will be confirmed in due course.”

Danny already has family history with The Voice, as his sister Vicky made it through to the Battle Rounds two years ago.

McFly are riding high right now off the success of their first reunion tour since super-group McBusted split, and are still hard at work on their follow-up to 2010’s Above the Noise.

With The Voice moving from the BBC to ITV in 2017, producers took a huge step in bringing over will.i.am from its main coaching panel to the Kids spinoff.

Before we get the companion show, will.i.am is reuniting with his old friend Sir Tom Jones to join Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson and alternative rock god Gavin Rossdale on The Voice UK.

Emma Willis is also making the jump over from the BBC when The Voice UK premieres on ITV next January.

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