Kidadl

Declan McKenna

Birthday, Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & Facts

Contents
Music & DanceLearn more
Music & DanceLearn more

Share this article

Declan McKenna’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Declan McKenna

Place Of Birth

London, UK

Age

23 years old

Birth Date

December 23, 1998

Star Sign

Sagittarius

Declan McKenna Facts

Child Star?

Yes

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter

Education & Qualifications

St Mary's Church of England High School

Net Worth

$500 thousand

Height

1.8m (6"")

Nationality

British

Chinese Year

Year of the Tiger

About Declan McKenna

Declan Benedict McKenna is an English singer, music producer, songwriter, artist, and political activist who was born on December 24, 1998.

He rose to prominence after winning the Emerging Talent Competition at the Glastonbury Festival in 2015. In December 2014, McKenna self-released his debut single, 'Brazil', a protest song against FIFA and the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil.

On Sirius XM Radio's Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown for January 23, 2016, the song achieved number one and stayed there for three weeks. The song also charted at number 16 on the Billboard Alternative Songs list in the United States. On July 21, 2017, he released the album, 'What Do You Think About The Car?'

Declan McKenna Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What is Declan McKenna’s net worth?

Declan Mckenna's net worth is estimated to be around $500,000, mainly from his career as a rock singer.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall is Declan McKenna?

Declan Mckenna is 6 ft (183 cm) tall.

How old is Declan McKenna?

Born on December 24, 1998, Declan Mckenna will be 24 years old in 2022.

Childhood And Education

Declan McKenna was born on December 24, 1998 in Enfield, Greater London. He grew up in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire and studied at St. Mary's Church of England High School. His mother was a teacher, while his father was a milkman who also worked in local politics in England. He is of Irish and English ancestry and was reared as a Catholic, however, he no longer sees himself as religious. In the summer of 2015, Johnny started taking his GCSE examinations. He went on to study for his A-levels in English literature, moral philosophy, and sociology, but dropped out after a few months since his music career had taken over his life.

Declan McKenna competed in the Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. He was voted the contest's winner in April 2015, and he received a £5,000 ($6,037.53) reward as well as a spot on the festival's William's Green Stage. Following his triumph, NME dubbed him 'one of the most sought-after emerging artists' in the UK, and McKenna signed a management deal with Q Prime. McKenna chose Columbia Records out of over 40 record labels that wanted to sign him. He put up around two albums on his website before removing it in August 2015.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Declan McKenna dating?

Declan McKenna is not dating anyone as of 2022. Declan is currently 23 years old and has at least one prior relationship. However, he has never been married before.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

McKenna self-released his debut album, 'Brazil', in August 2015. It was first made available on his personal YouTube account on December 2, 2014. The song chastised FIFA, the world governing body of association football, for awarding the 2014 FIFA World Cup to Brazil without addressing the country's widespread and profound poverty. 

'Brazil' gained McKenna a lot of attention since many sports analysts thought the song was about the FIFA corruption issue. (Ironically, McKenna's tune, 'Isombard', was used on the soundtrack for the FIFA17 video game released in 2016.)

Declan McKenna spent the last few months of 2015 performing as a singer at a variety of British and Irish music festivals and gigs at London venues. In July, he performed at the Somersault Festival in North Devon, England; in August, he performed at the Boston Big Gig festival in Boston, Lincolnshire; in September, he performed at the Electric Picnic music festival in Stradbally, County Laois, Ireland; and in October, he performed at the Mirrors Music festival in London. Out of almost 40 record labels interested in signing McKenna, he selected Columbia Records.

Other Interesting Declan McKenna Facts And Trivia

  • McKenna creates his own songs, although he toured with a band that includes Isabel Torres (guitar), Nathan Cox (keyboards), William Bishop (Bass), and Gabrielle Marie King (drums), despite the fact that he previously performed all of his own instruments. He has stated that he would most like to replicate David Bowie's career in terms of musical progression. Declan Mckenna grew up in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire and studied at St. Mary's Church of England High School.
  • His debut track, 'Brazil', was released on Bandcamp and YouTube in December 2014, and he is most recognized as the alternative singer for it.
  • McKenna released the song 'British Bombs' on August 19, 2019, criticizing UK foreign policy. He claimed that it's all about the hypocrisy of the British armaments trade and the London weapons agreement. He composed it because he wanted to make a song that addressed conflict directly. On December 18, McKenna revealed through Twitter that his upcoming studio album had been mastered and was ready for release. McKenna announced on January 29, 2020 that his second album, 'Zeros', would be released on May 15, 2020.
  • According to Jon Lyons, McKenna's tracks, as of November 2015, seemed to show an artist still dabbling with bands and the kinds of songs that had affected him.
  • McKenna, he felt, came alive in front of the crowd, but that he was still looking for his own voice. A musician is born note by note. McKenna was described as 'one to watch' by Andy Welch, a music critic for the Bristol Post, who claimed he had 'plenty of early, ragged potential'.

Main image credit: DFP Photographic / Shutterstock.com

Was this article helpful?

Subscribe for parenting tips, family money advice, baby names and more

By joining Kidadl you agree to Kidadl’s and and consent to receiving marketing communications from Kidadl.