R&B Songwriter LaShawn Daniels Dead at 41
He wrote hits for the likes of Lady Gaga & Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, Brandy & Monica, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson
Daniels was best known as a co-writer on hits for artists like Destiny's Child, Brandy & Monica, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, and Michael Jackson.
Amongst his biggest hits were "The Boy Is Mine" (Brandy & Monica), "Telephone" (Beyoncé and Lady Gaga), "He Wasn't Man Enough" (Toni Braxton) and "It's Not Right But It's Okay" (Whitney Houston).
Daniels also wrote a number of songs that appeared on Jackson's final album Invincible, including "You Rock My World."
He also gets credits on recent Drake albums, on VIEWS track "Redemption" and Scorpion cut "Teenage Fever," for their respective samples of Ray J's "One Wish" and Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love."
Daniels won a Grammy in 2000 for co-writing Destiny's Child "Say My Name." Most recently, he was nominated for his work on Tamar Braxton's song "Love and War." Throughout his career, Daniels also worked on tracks by the likes of Spice Girls, George Michael, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson.
See a number of tributes from collaborators and admirers below.
RIP LaShawn Daniels, who wrote literally every perfect pop song pic.twitter.com/ENTEAoe0s3— ryan (@ryanhemsworth) September 4, 2019
RIP to Lashawn Daniels :( he's only co written/vocal produced literally all of our favourite records - this is so sad 💔— MNEK (@MNEK) September 4, 2019
I wouldn't be who I am if not for Lashawn - I told him all the time... It's not right man.— James Fauntleroy (@fauntleroy) September 4, 2019
Yooooo I'm lost. Lashawn Daniels died?!!!! I'm stuck. This man took my vocal ability to new levels while working in Dirty Money. One of the funniest people with the best heart. A rare talent and a beautiful soul.— DAWN (@DawnRichard) September 4, 2019
In this Industry we all know how hard it is to come across talented & genuine people. Lashawn you were one of them homie! Wish we had more words but it was always love❤️Sending prayers out to your wife and kids. This is tragic but your legacy & spirit will live on 🙏🏾 @BIGSHIZ pic.twitter.com/3BaHldF46L— Mario (@OHYESMARIO) September 4, 2019
we was supposed go crazy next week... appreciate you for fuckin wit me OG.. your legacy will never be forgotten! this shit crazy! RIP Lashawn Daniels 💔— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 4, 2019
The entire music community is feeling the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it..... LaShawnDaniels...we just stood together a week ago. No words......— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) September 4, 2019