|Declan McKenna Quick Info
|5 ft 10 in
|Date of Birth
|December 24, 1998
Declan McKenna is an English singer, songwriter, music producer, and political activist who has published the solo studio albums What Do You Think About the Car? (2017) and Zeros (2020). He had first come into the spotlight in April 2015 when he had won the ‘Emerging Talent Competition’ at the Glastonbury Festival, an annual 5-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, England. He had won £5k in prize money and a slot on the festival’s William’s Green Stage.
Declan Benedict McKenna
Enfield, London, England, United Kingdom
London, England, United Kingdom
Declan had attended St. Mary’s Church of England High School, a mixed secondary school and sixth form in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. He had started taking his GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) exams in the summer of 2015.
He had later studied for his A-levels in English literature, Philosophy and Ethics, and Sociology, but had stopped after a few months as his music career had started to blossom.
Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Political Activist
- Father – His father worked as a milkman and in local politics.
- Mother – His mother was a teacher.
- Siblings – Catriona McKenna (Older Sister). He has 4 other older siblings.
Glam Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Alt-Rock
Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Drums
- Columbia Records
- High Quality Popular Music
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is primarily of Irish and English descent.
- Slender frame
- Disheveled hair
- Cheerful smile
- Often sports a thin mustache
Declan McKenna Facts
- Soon after Declan had won the ‘Emerging Talent Competition’ at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival, he had been signed up by a major talent management agency. More than 40 record label companies had tried to sign him thereafter, and he had chosen to go with Columbia Records.
- In August 2015, he had self-released his first single, titled Brazil. It was a protest song where he had criticized FIFA, the governing body of global soccer, for awarding the hosting rights of the FIFA World Cup to Brazil in 2014 without addressing the widespread poverty in the country. The song had peaked at number one on Sirius XM Radio‘s ‘Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown’ in January 2016 and had stayed number 1 for 3 weeks. It had also reached number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
- The song had given Declan global attention with many soccer fans and journalists also linking the song to the massive corruption scandal involving FIFA that was emerging around the same time. Weirdly, his single Isombard had been featured on the soundtrack of FIFA‘s official video game FIFA 17.
- In November 2015, he had self-released his second single, titled Paracetamol. The song had discussed how the mainstream media was blatantly misrepresenting transgender teenagers. He had later explained that the title of the song had been inspired by the fact that some politicians were disturbingly portraying LGBT+ conversion therapy as a ‘treatment’ for transgendered teens as if they were suffering from a disease.
- He is a vegan.
Featured Image by Declan McKenna / Instagram