Posted by Sandra on June 11 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, News

McFly star Danny Jones turned his childhood love of music into a chart-topping career. But the new judge of The Voice Kids tells Jeananne Craig how school bullies almost made him give up his passion

Danny Jones has topped the charts and performed to sold-out arenas as one quarter of pop-rock band McFly, but things could have been very different if he’d listened to the bullies who targeted him at school.

They took exception to the then 13-year-old learning to play the guitar, and their taunts almost led him to give up on his passion.

“I got spat on. I hated walking down the corridor with my guitar, people saying, ‘Oh what’s that, are you going to play us a tune?’ Stupid stuff,” the Bolton singer, now 31, reveals.

“I actually gave up playing in school.

“If I didn’t have the private lessons going on in the background, I probably would have given it up completely, if it wasn’t for my mum and my family believing in me.”

With his Instagram account depicting exotic travels, recording studio japes and Jones on stage in front of thousands of adoring fans, the upbeat star clearly had the last laugh.

“I knew what I wanted to be, and the kid that was bullying me is still probably hanging out in the street outside the same sweet shop,” he adds.

Jones is hoping to share his tips for success with the young contestants on his new TV project, The Voice Kids (a spin-off from the hit talent show The Voice).

He’ll join the coaching panel alongside Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am and singer Pixie Lott for the show, which aims to find some of Britain’s best young vocal talents and will follow a similar format to the grown-up version, with blind auditions and spinning chairs.

Given that the competition is open to children as young as seven, striking the right balance between encouragement and critique is a challenge. But Jones insists he was pleasantly surprised by how well the contestants coped with rejection.

“We try and give them the most positive feedback we can, while trying to be as honest as we can.

“But you kind of vibe off how vulnerable the kid is feeling at the time.

“If they’re gonna break down, if they’re really upset, I always say: ‘Look what you’ve just achieved, look at the advice you’re getting at such a young age’.”

As we’ve seen on The Voice and similar shows such as The X Factor, being crowned winner doesn’ t always lead to long-term success.

So, how will these young singers cope if their careers fail to take off afterwards?

“There’s less desperation with these kids. They’re not like: ‘This is my last chance to make it’,” says Jones.

“They want to come on and share their talent. I don’t know if many of them really know what they want to do yet; that’s what’s amazing, we can get on to that and help them become that.”

The somewhat eccentric will.i.am is particularly good at talking to the kids on their level, Jones says with a laugh.

“He’s like: ‘Imagine you’re in a rocket ship and you’re going to Mars, that’s all that’s happening here, we just ran out of petrol’ … Me, Will and Pixie have good banter between us.

“I understand him, which a lot of people don’t. And for Pixie, we’re like the two annoying brothers.”

Formed in 2004, McFly – Jones, Harry Judd, Dougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher – reached number one with their debut single, 5 Colours In Her Hair, and went on to sell more than 10 million albums.

But despite enjoying fame and fortune with the band, Jones’s late teens were also marked by his parents’ divorce.

“The whole magic of family just got broken. To break something that was so magical and was a structure and a base for you, and just to see your mum so upset, is a hard thing,” he reveals.

In the trailer for The Voice Kids, we see Jones reduced to tears by one contestant whose story had personal resonances for him.

“It was the singing, the fact that I didn’t turn, and the story that came afterwards. He was kind of talking about his dad leaving him. I was like, ‘Mate, my dad did the same’.”

Jones married model Georgia Horsley in 2014, with his McFly friends among the best men (“We’re like brothers,” he says of his bandmates).

“I didn’t actually want to get married because my mum and dad had a divorce,” he admits. “But Georgia’s taught me to love (marriage) again, and be OK with it.

“It’s a powerful thing; to have something solidified in your life is kind of cool.”

He might be happily married and in his early thirties now, but Jones still enjoys the occasional bit of rock star behaviour.

“We still have it in us; I have rock and roll moments with my friends to this day,” he says.

“I still like to have a good time and enjoy it … But we do drink green tea in the morning.”

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Posted by Sandra on June 11 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, News, The Voice Kids

I love the banter between Danny and Pixie, the McFly moment of the interview is a funny one, don’t worry Pixie there’s nothing to be embarrassed of, McFly are cool :P

 
 
Posted by Sandra on June 11 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, The Voice Kids

Yesterday we finally got to watch Danny coaching on The Voice Kids for the first time and it was pretty epic, for what we’ve seen so far it looks like #TeamDanny is going to be a serious contender to win the show!!

Watch below the video of the first episode of The Voice Kids. Hopefully youtube is not gonna remove it.


Danny Jones The Voice Kids Ep.1 by poyntersource

 
 
Posted by Sandra on June 6 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter, Photo gallery update

Today was a busy day for Danny and Dougie, Danny was at the photocall for The Voice Kids at the Madame Tussaud Museum and Dougie attended the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in central London.
You can see all the pics from both events in the gallery!

[x15]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > THE VOICE KIDS PHOTOCALL, LONDON – JUNE 6

[x14]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > GLAMOUR WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS, LONDON – JUNE 6

 
 
Posted by Sandra on June 5 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, McFLY, News, The Voice Kids

Danny talked about the importance of shows like the voice kids to help young kids who want to be musicians during his interview with BUILD that you can watch HERE

[x8]OFFICIAL > THE VOICE KIDS

‘The Voice Kids’ coach Danny Jones has responded to critics who claim that the show’s contestants are too young to appear on reality TV.

The McFly singer will be in one of the spinning chairs when the programme launches next week, and ahead of the debut, he’s argued that getting the chance to receive critiques at a young age can actually be a positive experience.

Speaking on ‘BUILD’, he told HuffPost UK: “Obviously, [the contestants are] open to a lot of criticism but so is everybody. It’s a learning curve.

“If I had got famous, or been successful, at 20, it’s no different to doing it at 16 – I just would have learnt more at a younger age.

“These kids know a lot, their knowledge of music surprised me, the way they dealt with it, the professionalism, the work ethic, it’s all there. It’s really amazing, it shocked me.

“As long as they always have people around them who keep it positive.

“My mum always thought I was the best thing ever and I needed that, it was good at that age.”

Revealing a tip for dealing with success, he continued: “I just don’t read anything bad about myself, I only look at the good things and I think that’s the key because it does affect you, it affects everyone.”

Danny’s fellow coach Pixie Lott previously shared her take on the matter, also while being interviewed on ‘BUILD’.

She said: “[Starting from a young age] just set me up so much better for now, because it makes you have a thicker skin.

“Now when [rejections] happen to me – which happens all the time – it’s just water off a duck’s back.

“I’m literally like, I’ve had this millions of time. Whereas if I was just experiencing it now, I think I would find it really, really tough.”

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Posted by Sandra on June 2 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, McFLY, News

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 0 Comments Danny Jones, McFLY, News

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 23 2017 0 Comments Dougie Poynter

As we all know Dougie is a huge fan of David Attenborough so being able to work with him in this project about something close to him I bet was like if we meet him and the rest of the boys.

Richmond Park is being destroyed by over 5.5 million visitors every year – Sir David Attenborough is here to save the day (with a little help from Dougie Poynter).

Richmond Park, National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest is sadly struggling to cope with increasing amounts of visitors. The very fabric of the park and its wildlife are under more and more pressure to survive the 5.5 million people who every year flock to enjoy its space and beauty. Grasslands and trees are damaged and the animals’ habitats are being destroyed more than ever before.

Cue National Treasure, Sir David Attenborough, who as a local resident to the park is spear heading a campaign to encourage people to “Tread Lightly” when visiting.

“As visitors, we can all help to protect it through simple actions so that it remains a very special place for the enjoyment of future generations,” he said.

The super-team behind the BBC’s Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Madagascar have brought the park to life in a short film – exert shown exclusively here on GQ.co.uk – as part of Sir David’s message to the public.

Also spreading the word on behalf of the charity, ‘Friends of Richmond Park’ is resident and musician, Dougie Poynter. Dougie is a keen naturalist and has previously worked on extensive environmental and conservation projects. He says, “working with Sir David Attenborough has been like hanging out with God Himself”. We can believe it.

Often taken for granted, our parks play a such a vital role in preserving wildlife. People need to take more care and remember that with further neglectful behaviour, these spaces of huge natural importance will be destroyed and lost for good. Dougie sums up the campaign, ‘take nothing from the Park, leave nothing behind and please, Tread Lightly’.

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Posted by Sandra on May 19 2017 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, News

It’s 4:30 am and I can’t sleep. It’s not that usual insomnia involving tossing and turning for no apparent reason. It’s not the ‘Oh my God my heart is going to explode because I’m so wired and uncomfortable in my own skin from the partying’ type of insomnia that I haven’t experienced in six years either. I’m wide awake at 4:30 am because I’m a few hours away from sharing a car and sitting on a panel with the voice of God himself, Sir David Attenborough — later today, we will be previewing his new short film about the conservation of Richmond Park.

Finally I fall asleep. A few hours later I’m standing out front of my house, waiting for the car to pick me up. At 8:55 am, a sleep deprived mess of a Dougie Poynter, complete with a fossilized dinosaur poop in hand, steps into the car — I brought the poop along incase I ran out of things to talk about. At 8:56 am we arrive at Sir David’s house where he’s ready to go with his distinctive white whispy hair, dressed in a navy blazer with khaki pants. He greets me with a beaming smile and a very comfy shake, “Hello”. I remind him that we briefly met on The Graham Norton Show where I first admitted to him that I moved to Richmond after a Google search of his residence, which he thankfully remembers and doesn’t find too creepy.

To rewind a bit, shortly after getting sober and looking for a fresh start, I began to look for a new place to live. I sat at my computer and Googled “Where does David Attenborough live?” I thought to myself, “Wherever Attenborough lives must be the most serene and green place in London”. So after searching for the perfect place I eventually found myself living in Richmond, home of Sir David Attenborough himself. He was right. Richmond kicks ass — the park, the deer, the river, the Mick Jagger… it was the perfect place to move when looking for a fresh start; and today is the day I get to indulge in my adulation for both the park and Sir David.

Off we go on what feels like a surreal dream narrated by my childhood hero; the man behind Planet Earth. Within minutes, I pull out the dinosaur poop fossil. After a quick glance and a study, he tells me that it’s probably not real because dinosaur droppings would fall with a splat much like cow droppings. Sh*t! Five minutes in and, one, I’ve already used my wild card, and two, I’m realising I’ve been duped! Great. My voice gets jittery, my mouth goes dry, my lips are sticking to my teeth and my nose starts tingling. Thankfully he doesn’t seem to notice.
…keep reading.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on May 18 2017 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, Photo gallery update

I added to the gallery some pics of Dougie at the King Arthur premiere that he attended last week and also at The Curtain launch party in Shoreditch and also at the Audi Polo Challenge.

[x9]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > AUDI POLO CHALLENGE AT COWORTH PARK, ASCOT – MAY 7

[x27]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > KING ARTHUR, LEGEND OF THE SWORD EUROPEAN PREMIERE, LONDON – MAY 10

[x13]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2017 > THE CURTAIN LAUNCH PARTY, SHOREDITCH – MAY 11

 
 
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