Ashton D. Simmonds (born April 5, 1995), known professionally as Daniel Caesar, is a Canadian singer and songwriter. After independently building a following through the release of two critically acclaimed EPs Praise Break(2014) and Pilgrim's Paradise (2015), Caesar released his debut album Freudian in August 2017, which also garnered widespread critical acclaim.
Ashton Simmonds was born on April 5, 1995 in Oshawa, Ontario, the second eldest of four children to parents Hollace and Norwill Simmonds, a gospel singer who released his first album as a high schooler in Jamaica. Simmonds attended a Seventh-day Adventist church and private school in Oshawa. He is of Barbadian and Jamaican descent.
Caesar received widespread critical acclaim for his debut 2014's EP Praise Break, which was ranked number 19 on the "20 Best R&B Albums of 2014" by Rolling Stone. His body of work is influenced by religion, which played a large role in his upbringing, as well as unrequited love.
On August 25, 2017, Caesar released his debut album Freudian, which included singles "Get You", "We Find Love", and "Blessed". The album was a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Polaris Music Prize. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Caesar was nominated for two awards for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance for his single "Get You". At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Caesar won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance for his single "Best Part".