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, relocating from Manchester and building a reputation for himself on the underground-soul scene in London, showcasing his melodic vocal style, flair for songwriting and vocal arrangement.[1]

His introduction to the mainstream came in October 2010 when he co-wrote the top forty Gorillaz hit, "Doncamatic" and featured as the vocalist. The track was released on 22 November 2010, and was to be included on a re-release of the Gorillaz' album, Plastic Beach. In an interview with NME, Daley stated that he wrote the song with Damon Albarn.[2] The hype surrounding the unlikely collaboration gained him industry recognition, and shortly after he signed a joint record deal with Universal Republic Records US and Polydor UK, to market his music on both sides of the Atlantic. In early 2011, Daley was asked by British rapper Wretch 32 to feature on his own Top 5 debut record, Black and White, for which 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,[3] with support from several BBC Radio DJs, including MistaJam, Zane Lowe Twin B and Jo Whiley, who began to pick up and support his emerging solo material with radio airplay.

Shortly after Daley independently released his first solo EP, entitled Those Who Wait, via his official website[4] This contained a number of stand out songs including "Smoking Gun", "Game Over", "Those Who Wait" and a reinterpretation of Maxwell's "Pretty Wings". To date, the EP has moved more than 150,000 copies. One of the EP's most popular tracks, "Alone Together", a duet with Grammy Award nominated British singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius, garnered much critical acclaim and would later feature on his album debut. 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, saw Daley nominated for Soul Train and MOBO Awards, and remained Top 5 at Urban AC radio for several months. Shortly after the release of the "Alone Together", Daley began writing his debut album, featuring production from Illangelo, Bernard Butler, Pharrell Williams and Shea Taylor. 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.[5]

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"[10] Those Who Wait (EP)
2012 "Alone Together"
(featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
5 66 Those Who Wait (EP) / Alone Together EP
"Remember Me"[11]
(featuring Jessie J)
24 Alone Together (EP) / Days and Nights (EP)
"Look Up"[12] 15 Days and Nights
2013 "Broken"[13]
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)


  1. ^ a b "New band of the day – Daley (No 1,108)". The Guardian. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Daley speaks about writing Gorillaz' 'Doncamatic' with Damon Albarn | News". NME. 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "BBC – Sound of 2011 – Daley". BBC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Daley - Official Site". Official site for Daley. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Daley: 'Jessie J fans have been kind'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Prometheus Global Media. Billboard. 
  7. ^ a b "Daley > UK Charts". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company. 
  8. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Adult R&B Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Billboard. 
  9. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Billboard. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Smoking Gun - EP by Daley". iTunes. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Remember Me [feat. Jessie J] - EP by Daley". iTunes. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Look Up - Single by Daley". iTunes. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Broken - EP by Daley". iTunes. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Daley". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).