DenG was the first Liberian artist to receive an MTV-Africa Music Award (MAMA) 2016 nomination. He was nominated in the ‘LISTENER’S CHOICE’ category at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in December 2016.
Daniel Tom George (born September 1, 1984), known professionally as DenG (pronounced Dench), is a Liberian West African singer, songwriter and actor. DenG is a native of Bong County, Liberia and descendant of the Kpelle tribe. He is the eldest child of Pastor Henry F.K. George and Getrude C. George and has two younger sisters and a brother. At the tender age of ten DenG joined his church choir where he and his family realized that he had the gift of singing.
When the Liberian civil war erupted, DenG alongside his family migrated to neighboring country Ghana, where he was able to improve his talent by singing and performing for locals while attending the Achimota secondary boarding school. DenG later joined a singing group and wrote the majority of their recorded demos but later parted from the group due to unresolved differences.
DenG first recognition into the limelight came from his collaboration with Liberian R&B singer and songwriter Emma Smith titled: “I Want To Go.” During that time DenG was known as an R&B artist singing in the purest form of R&B, however, studying the Liberian Entertainment Industry and analyzing its market, he realized his genre required change in order to become a hit-maker and to gain respect globally.
In 2013, DenG collaborated with “Tan Tan” & Liberia’s first female Hip-Co rapper Queen V to produce the hit single of the year. “Jue Pa Your Own Pa” was produced by Bennie Ox; a song that catapulted DenG as a Hip-Co artist and no longer an R&B artist. He later featured “Tan Tan” again in the hit single “Eleh Leh” that he co-wrote. These two hit singles introduced DenG to The Liberian Market and the entertainment world. Few months later DenG featured American-based Liberian rapper “E-boy” on another Hit single title: “African Woman” which labeled him as a hit-maker and helped him develop a huge fan base.
Later that year while working with T-Bund studios in Monrovia, DenG was able to write and release three songs that would later have Liberians around the globe requesting and demanding his songs. “They Vex”, the first released single is a reality song that inspires people to keep thriving and ignore the actions of others who attempts to lower their motivation, determination and self esteem. This song which was produced without a video granted DenG a larger fan audience from around Liberia with governors responding to the track in a positive fashion.
Having a reggae feel to it, the second track “A Nah Right” which featured in a Liberian movie and had fans requesting it before it could be released preaches against domestic violence. With domestic violence being at the peak of 80% percent in Liberia and with DenG was able to help advocate and establish awareness through this song. “A Nah Right” was recognized by UNICEF who gave him the opportunity to tour around Liberia.
DenG later scheduled tours around the United States twice in one year and tour in Australia for six months.
His Rookie year of being an artist, DenG performed on the same stage as Takun J, TanTan, Queen V from Liberia as well as Ghanaian artists R2bees, and Nigerian artist J-Martin.
Although his goals are to work alongside the world’s best artists and gain recognition worldwide, he is currently handling his everyday obligations such as attending the United Methodist University in Liberia and majoring in business. DenG believes he has the talent to help shine the limelight on the Liberian Entertainment Industry and one-step at a time he is taking the initiative to bring that to life.
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