Danny was a teenager when father Alan walked out of his life – and it left him devastated.
The Voice Kids coach was reminded of his agony during filming when a young singer spoke about the close bond he had with his own dad.
In an emotional interview, Danny said: “This kid talked about his dad. That hurt a bit.
“It was nice to see he had that but I didn’t have that. He doesn’t know me any more. I only had my mum there for me.
“Maybe if my dad sees that moment on the show it will be the moment he picks up the phone and calls me.
“I’d love to have a beer with him but it’s hard.”
“I moved away from home at 16 and two years after that my dad left”
Danny has been estranged from his dad since he was 18 and says he would love him to see how successful he has become.
He said: “I moved away from home at 16 and two years after that my dad left. It was hard for me and I know my mum found it hard.
“He’s never seen me drive, he’s never seen my girlfriend, he’s never seen my houses. He hasn’t seen anything.” Despite being desperate to meet his father again, guitarist Danny, 31, says Alan should make the first move.
He said: “If you’re a dad then it’s your job to do it. It shouldn’t be my job to do it. It’s his. He decided to have me.”
Alan was not there for Danny when he was trying to make it in the music industry. But loyal mum Kathy has supported him all the way, watching him go from aspiring performer to chart-topper.
Danny said: “Whenever I used to start playing guitar she used to turn off Corrie. She used to love that show – she’d never turn it off for anything.
“Just having that support was amazing. She thinks everything I do is great and that inner belief has helped me believe in myself. Some kids don’t have that so I’m privileged to have that behind me.”
He added: “My mum is biased so I know she’ll like it. That’s what’s amazing about her.”
The Voice Kids auditions continue next Saturday.