For the first single “Until The Pain Is Gone,” Daley teamed up with none other than the R&B queen Jill Scott to create a love song that reflects the bittersweet push-pull of being vulnerable in love. “Having Jill involved is an honor,” Daley explains.
“She’s royalty in my eyes- someone I’ve looked up to musically from a very malleable stage in my songwriting career. When I was just starting to understand how to put my feelings into song, Jill was one of a handful of influential artists who’s music helped me figure out how to channel that“
Working with one of his greatest inspirations came about after Daley opened one of Jill Scott‘s shows in London. “She was really kind and encouraging and we stayed in touch,” he says. “In the studio writing this song I just had a feeling… kept hearing Jill’s voice as the song developed, like it was asking for her energy. I’ve learned to trust those gut feelings when they occur, so after a little hesitation I sent it to her for her thoughts… and was thrilled to receive a reply that she loved it! She took it and interpreted it in her own amazingly soulful way, and it was done.”
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Hailing from Manchester, UK, singer, songwriter and recording artist Daley first came to prominence with his co-write and feature on the Gorillaz hit “Doncamatic,” under the wing of the band’s creator Damon Albarn. He has since become one of the UK‘s most respected musical exports, recording and touring 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 EP entitled Those Who Wait, was released independently, introducing the world to Daley‘s unmistakable voice and own brand of Alternative R&B / Soul / Experimental Pop. The EP gave rise to an unexpected surge of popularity in the U.S. with the Marsha Ambrosius-assisted duet “Alone Together” – which became a runaway Top 5 hit at R&B radio. Largely hailed a ‘new classic’ the song garnered Daley kudos from The Grammys, BET, Soul Train and MOBO awards and his loyal State-side 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 to critical acclaim shortly thereafter via Universal Republic Records, and boasted 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 U.S. and Europe.
In advance of the new album, Daley is hitting the road with Leela James on The Undeniable Tour throughout April and May. Tickets are on sale now!
Daley & Leela James: The Undeniable Tour
4/06 – The Underground; Charlotte, NC
4/07 – Music Farm; Columbia, SC
4/08 – Atlanta Symphony Hall; Atlanta, GA
4/09 – House Of Blues; Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando, FL)
4/10 – Music Farm; Charleston, SC
4/12 – Rams Head On Stage; Annapolis, MD
4/13 – Keswick; Philadelphia, PA
4/14 – Warner Live; Washington, DC
4/15 – Apollo Theater; New York, NY
4/17 – House Of Blues; Chicago, IL
4/18 – Great Hall; Toronto, ON
4/19 – Motor City Casino; Detroit, MI
4/20 – Ready Room; St. Louis, MO
4/22 – Arena Theatre; Houston, TX
4/23 – Varsity Theatre; Baton Rouge, LA
4/25 – Madrid Theatre; Kansas City, KS
4/26 – Marathon Music Works; Nashville, TN
4/27 – Minglewood; Memphis, TN
4/28 – Soul Kitchen; Mobile, AL
4/29 – Tuscaloosa Ampitheatre; Tuscaloosa, AL
4/30 – House Of Blues; Dallas, TX
5/03 – House Of Blues; San Diego, CA
5/04 – Regent Theatre; Los Angeles,CA
5/05 – Crest Theatre; Sacramento, CA
5/06 – Palace Of Fine Arts; San Francisco, CA
5/07 – House Of Blues; Las Vegas, NV