Daley (musician)

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Daley in 2011
Background information
Birth name Gareth Daley
Born (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 25)
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Soul, R&B, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Keyboards, piano, vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Universal Republic, Republic
Associated acts Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, Estelle, Marsha Ambrosius, David Banner, Maxwell, Jessie J
Website Daley on Twitter

Gareth Daley[1] (born 29 September 1989), known professionally as Daley, is a British singer-songwriter from Manchester, signed to Polydor Records in the UK and Universal Republic Records in the US.


2010–present: breakthrough[edit]

Daley began as an independent artist in the industry, building a reputation for himself by showcasing his melodic vocal style, flair for songwriting and vocal arrangement with a number of small gigs in and around the United Kingdom.[1]

In October 2010, he received his mainstream breakthrough when he became the guest vocalist on the top forty Gorillaz hit, "Doncamatic". The track was released on 22 November 2010, and was to be included on a cancelled re-release of the Gorillaz' album, Plastic Beach. In an interview with NME, Daley stated that he and band creator Damon Albarn co-wrote the single together.[2] On 20 November 2010, Daley performed the song solo in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.[3] This gained him industry recognition, and shortly after, he signed a joint record deal with Universal Republic Records and Polydor, to market his music on both sides of the pond. In early 2011, Daley was asked by British rapper Wretch 32 to appear on his own debut record, Black and White, and together, the pair wrote the album's second promotional single, "Long Way Home". This gained him further recognition, and shortly after, he was shortlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll,[4] which in turn, meant that several BBC Radio DJs, including Ras Kwame, MistaJam, Ronnie Herel, Jo Whiley and Sam Walker, picked up on his music, and began promoting his debut single, "Smoking Gun", with radio airplay. Due to its radio popularity, "Smoking Gun" was commissioned to receive a music video.[5]

Shortly after the release of "Smoking Gun", Daley released an EP, entitled Those Who Wait, via his official website,[6] and through the iTunes Store. This contained "Smoking Gun", as well as number of other tracks destined for his debut album. To date, the EP has sold more than 150,000 copies. One of the EP's most popular tracks, "Game Over", which was produced by ELEMENT and written by Daley and Element, went on to receive airplay on alternative radio stations,[5] and "Alone Together", a duet with Grammy Award nominated British singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius, had a music video commissioned, with received its premiere in February 2012. Although it was not released as an official single in the UK, "Alone Together" was released as a single in the US on 6 November 2012. Shortly after the release of the "Alone Together" music video, Daley began writing his debut album, featuring production from Bernard Butler, Shea Taylor and Pharrell Williams as well as help from old friend and former collaborator, Damon Albarn.[7] On 26 October 2012, Daley premiered the album's lead single, "Remember Me", featuring vocals from Jessie J, via his Vevo account, and announced its release date of 9 December 2012. Over the course of the year, Daley has toured parts of the United States, selling out SOB's in New York, and supported the likes of Emeli Sande, Maverick Sabre, Jessie J and American R&B artist Miguel on tour dates around the UK, culminating in his sold-out headline show at KOKO in London on 20 November. In an interview with Digital Spy on 23 November, Daley confirmed that the album was near to completion, and that it was slated for release in Spring/Summer 2013. On 4 January 2013, the album's title was confirmed to be Days & Nights.[7]

On 22 July, "Broken" (the first single from Days & Nights and Daley's second official UK single) premiered on BBC Radio 1Xtra.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Days & Nights

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Notes

Those Who Wait
Alone Together 42
Songs That Remind Me of You
Days and Nights EP
"—" denotes albums that did not chart or were not released.


As lead artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Adult R&B
US R&B/Hip-Hop
2011 "Smoking Gun"[12] Those Who Wait (EP)
2012 "Alone Together"
(featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
5 66 Those Who Wait (EP) / Alone Together EP
"Remember Me"[13]
(featuring Jessie J)
24 Alone Together (EP) / Days and Nights (EP)
"Look Up"[14] 15 Days and Nights
2013 "Broken"[15]
2014 "Time Travel"
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Doncamatic"
(Gorillaz featuring Daley)
37 40 Plastic Beach

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Single Album
2011 "Long Way Home"
(Wretch 32 featuring Daley)
Black & White
2013 "Heaven"
(Nelly featuring Daley)