Born Daniel Clarke (c. 1962) in London, he spent time as a child in Jamaica where he developed a love of Reggae. In 1980 he began working on the London-based City Dread Sound System as a Deejay, and went on to join the Fine Style Crew. He originally worked under the name Danny Dread, and released his first records and toured Europe with General Kelly under that name, but changed to Danny Red to avoid confusion with two other deejays who used that name. He began to concentrate on singing and by the early 1990s had established himself as a popular Roots Reggae singer.

Continuing success and the I Don’t Care album, recorded with Nick Mannasseh, led to a contract with Columbia Records in 1993, Red becoming the first roots reggae artist signed by the label in over a decade.Columbia issued the Riddimwize album in 1994. The album included a track recorder Sly & Robbie, “Rolling Stone”, which was a minor crossover hit.
In 1995 he was voted top Roots and Culture Artist by the British Reggae Industry, and supported Lucky Dube in UK shows.

More recently he has worked with Gussie P and Mafia & Fluxy.

Danny Red has contributed vocals to recordings by other artists, including the track “Inspection” on Leftfield’s Leftism album.