Studio Guest: Daley
Ronnie Herel Meets Manchester- Born Daley
The Guardian calls him ‘The future of home-grown male Soul.’, The Times says he has ‘An extraordinary voice’ and Pharrel says; Daley is ‘one of the dopest singers he’s worked with in a long time.’ and Ronnie? Well, you can listen to the whole interview on The Big RnB Show this coming Monday.
If you don’t know, Daley is a singer, songwriter and recording artist hailing from Manchester. A British boy who grew up to the sounds of Prince, Chaka Khan, D’Angelo, Radiohead and Oasis.
He first became prominent after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz hit ‘Doncamatic’ under the wing of the band’s creator Damon Albarn in London. He has since become one of the UK’s most respected soulful exports, recording and touring on both sides of the Atlantic and working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius.
His first solo work the ‘Those Who Wait’ EP was independently released and introduced the world to Daley’s brand of Alternative R&B / Soul experimental Pop, and an undeniable male voice. It gave rise to an unexpected surge of popularity in the US with Marsha Ambrosius-assisted duet ‘Alone Together’ – which after a tentative release became a runaway Top 5 hit at R&B radio. Largely hailed a ‘new classic’ the project garnered Daley kudos from The Grammys, BET, Soul Train and MOBO awards and a loyal international fanbase.
The following year saw Top 20 singles in the UK charts – ‘Remember Me’ featuring Jessie J and ‘Broken’. His debut album ‘Days & Nights’ was released shortly after via Universal Republic Records to critical acclaim and boasting contributions from Pharrell Williams, Illangelo (The Weeknd) Bernard Butler (Suede) and Andre Harris (Usher, Jill Scott) The album gave rise to another Top 10 R&B radio single ‘Look Up’ and was followed by several sold-out headline tours around the US and Europe. Daley described the project as a ‘diary of sorts’, showcasing some of his most vulnerable creative and carefully-crafted songs to date.
With a new single arriving Spring 2017, and currently adding the final touches to his second album project Daley is drawing on experiences both professional and personal of the last two years, honouring the loss of close friend and manager Richard Antwi, and is poised to open the door on the next chapter of his musical journey with renewed perspective… and eagerly awaited new music!