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Born Ashton Simmonds in Toronto in 1995, Canadian rapper/singer/songwriter Daniel Caesar launched his musical career in 2015, slowly releasing tracks online, ranging in style from acoustic pop fare to soul songs bathed in ambient electronics. Early singles included collaborations with renowned live hip-hop/rock hybridists BADBADNOTGOOD. Following several self-released online EPs, a 2016 single entitled "Get You," featuring vocalist Kali Uchis, became massively popular, garnering millions of plays and video views within a relatively short span of time. Following the enormous exposure of "Get You," Caesar began performing live more frequently in order to quell the newfound demand for his music.
Work on new tracks continued between his concert and festival appearances, and 2017 brought more well-received material: the single "We Find Love" and his debut album, Freudian. The LP featured several special guests, including Charlotte Day Wilson, Syd, and H.E.R. Grammy nominations followed in the categories of Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance (for "Get You"). The single "Who Hurt You?" arrived in late 2018. At the 2019 Grammys, Caesar took home the trophy for Best R&B Performance for "Best Part," his duet with H.E.R. that appeared on Freudian. That same year, he released a mixtape/album on his own Golden Child label titled CASE STUDY 01. The record featured guest appearances from Brandy, Pharrell Williams, and John Mayer. Caesar received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance for "Love Again," featuring Brandy. ~ Fred Thomas