Songwriter for Beyoncé and Michael Jackson, LaShawn Daniels, dead at 41

LaShawn Daniels. (Image source: Instagram – @bigshiz)

LaShawn Daniels, the superstar songwriter who penned many all-time monster hits such as “Say My Name” by Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child, “The Boy is Mine” by Monica and Brandy and “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson, has reportedly died from a car crash in Atlanta, according to HotNewHipHop and the Independent.

The man who was known to the world as Big Shiz was 41 years old.

The Big Shiz was also known as the “secret weapon” in the music industry who sculpted hits for a multitude of A-list artists, including The Spice Girls’ “Forever,” “If You Had My Love” by Jennifer Lopez, “Lose My Breath” by Destiny’s Child, “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé and “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” by Whitney Houston.

According to the Independent and Billboard magazine, Daniels also wrote hits for George Michael, Alicia Keys, and Janet Jackson.

The Big Shiz won a Grammy in 2000 for Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” and last got a Grammy nod in 2013 for Tamar Braxton’s single “Love and War.” He also appeared on the reality series “Braxton Family Values” and “Tamar & Vince.”

The supposed car crash has not yet been confirmed, but condolences have been pouring in throughout the music and entertainment world.

Close friend Dawn Richard, who collaborated with Daniels on multiple projects, is inconsolable and expressed her sorrow on Twitter:

Singer Kehlani echoed those sentiments with: “We was supposed go crazy next week… Appreciate you for f—- wit me OG … your legacy will never be forgotten! this s— is crazy!”

British singer-songwriter MNEK added: “He’s only co-written [and] vocal produced literally all of our favourite records – this is so sad”.

Singer Victoria Monet says a big piece of her heart has been torn out of her chest because of what the Big Shiz added to her life.

“I can’t even process that you’re gone. I learned everything I know about harmonies and vocal production and songwriting from you,” Monet said. “The way you made me do it over and over and teach me to come and sing with that Shiz vibrato that was so recognizably yours. Your patience with my pitchy ass at 19 … I will never forget your presence. I really don’t know what to say. This is heartbreaking. I hope the world knows the angel we just lost.”

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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