Daley (musician)

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Daley in 2015.
Background information
Birth name Gareth Daley
Born (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 25)
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Alternative R&B, soul, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Keyboards, piano, vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Republic Records, Polydor
Website daley.tv

Gareth Daley,[1] better known professionally as Daley (pronounced day-lee), is a British recording artist and songwriter.

Daley first became prominent after co-writing[2] and featuring on the Gorillaz hit single Doncamatic, having been spotted by the band's creator Damon Albarn early in his career as an underground artist on the London music scene. Daley has since become one of the UK's most respected soulful exports, working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Jessie J, Miguel, Maxwell and Marsha Ambrosius, and recording / touring on both sides of the Atlantic.

His first solo work, the 'Those Who Wait' EP was independently released in 2011 and introduced the left-of-center Alternative R&B sound, emotive songwriting style and soaring vocal performance that Daley has become known for. The music-media buzz generated saw him promptly signed to Universal Republic Records, where he began working on a debut album.

The next two years saw two Top 20 singles in the UK charts - 2012's "Remember Me" featuring Jessie J and 2013's "Broken" - and an unexpected surge of popularity in the US with the Marsha Ambrosius assisted duet "Alone Together" - which after a tentative release, became a runaway Top 5 hit at R&B radio across the country. The song was largely hailed a 'new classic' and held this spot for three months, establishing Daley as an international artist with a substantial overseas fan-base.

His debut album 'Days & Nights' was released in February 2014 to critical acclaim, generating another Top 10 R&B radio single "Look Up" produced by Pharrell Williams.

Daley's has toured extensively around the US, UK and Europe - headlining venues ranging from London's KOKO, to New York 's Highline Ballroom, to the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles , 930 Club in Washington DC and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, as well as opening for the likes of Jessie J, Miguel, Maxwell, Emeli Sande, Jill Scott and Maverick Sabre.


Early life[edit]

Daley was born and brought up in the suburbs of Manchester in the North-West of England. He completed secondary school, college and University studying Design & Art Direction at Manchester Metropolitan, developing his flair for music and songwriting in his free time. He lived in Manchester until age 21, when he left his job as a Graphic Designer and made an all-or-nothing move to London to pursue his music career.

2010 – Breakthrough[edit]

With just a Myspace page and some early demos, Daley took to the London live scene, performing at open-mic nights, jam sessions and new talent stages including 'Troy Bar' in Hoxton, 'iLuvLive' in Camden and widely respected music industry showcase 'Wired' at Shoreditch House. He would often find himself on the same stages as fellow emerging artists Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Emeli Sande and Maverick Sabre - who later became his contemporaries and many of which he has since collaborated or toured with.

While steadily making a name for himself Daley caught the attention of Gorillaz co-creator Damon Albarn, who invited him to meet and work on new material for the cartoon band's 'Plastic Beach' album, resulting in their 2011 single Doncamatic which Daley co-wrote and fronted as lead vocalist. It shot him into the spotlight, appearing in the band's first non-cartoon music video and joining the Escape to Plastic Beach World Tour, along with Little Dragon, De La Soul, Lou Reed and Snoop Dogg.

The collaboration enhanced Daley's visibility within the industry, and early radio airplay started largely at BBC Radio 1Xtra, who's DJ's Twin B, Ras Kwame, Ronnie Herel and MistaJam all championed the singer. This eventually lead to him taking part in emerging artist discovery platform BBC Introducing, where he was invited to record three of his songs at the world famous Maida Vale Studios in London, and began to attract the attention of record labels.

Those Who Wait

Daley's first solo offering came in the form of the 'Those Who Wait' mixtape in late 2011, an independently released free-download which was distributed through his official website Daley.TV. The mixtape achieved 50,000 downloads in its first month, increasing to 150,000 downloads over the twelve months that followed and garnered Daley support from UK media including BBC's 'Sound of...' poll[3] and online buzz from bloggers and fans alike. It consisted of ten songs, and showcased a left-of-center, Alternative R&B sound, emotive songwriting style and soulful vocal performance. Stand out tracks included Those Who Wait, Game Over, Smoking Gun, and an acoustic cover of Maxwell's Pretty Wings - which became a viral favourite.

Musical Style & Influences[edit]

Daley has become known for his Alternative R&B sound, which contains hints of Soul, Electronica and Pop. His songwriting is vocal-lead and puts emphasis on vocal performance and arrangement, a trait that often defines him from his male contemporaries. He has referred to his sound as 'Future-Throwback' in interviews, stating that the music has a familiar, occasionally nostalgic feel, contemporised with a futuristic sonic and production.

Daley has stated that he has been influenced predominantly by a mix of US and UK sounds and songwriters, has sited some of his influences as: Prince, Chaka Khan, Radiohead, Maxwell, Sade, Joni Mitchell, Imogen Heap and George Michael.



'Days & Nights' (2014) Debut album, released 11 February, Republic Records

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Time Travel"  
Illangelo 3:53
2. "Look Up"   Pharrell Williams 3:58
3. "Blame the World"  
4. "Good News"  
  • Daley
  • Julian Bunetta
  • John Ryan
Julian Bunetta 4:04
5. "Love + Affection"   Joan Armatrading 3:18
6. "Be"  
Andre Harris 4:15
7. "Alone Together" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
Canei Finch 3:59
8. "Pass It On"  
Canei Finch 3:59
9. "Broken"   3:31
10. "She Fades"   Bernard Butler 4:09
11. "Love Somebody"  
  • Daley
  • Happy Perez
  • Steve Valdez
Happy Perez 4:49
12. "Days + Nights"   Bernard Butler 4:37
Total length:

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Days & Nights.[4] ^[a] Signifies additional production


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Adult R&B
US R&B/Hip-Hop
2011 "Those Who Wait" 'Those Who Wait' (Mixtape)
2012 "Alone Together"
(featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
5 66 'Alone Together' (EP)
"Remember Me"
(featuring Jessie J)
2013 "Broken" 24 'Days & Nights' (LP)
"Look Up" 10
2014 "Time Travel"
"—" denotes singles that were not officially released.

As featured artist

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Doncamatic"
(Gorillaz featuring Daley)
37 40 Plastic Beach
2011 "Long Way Home"
(Wretch 32 featuring Daley)
Black & White
2013 "Heaven"
(Nelly featuring Daley)

EP / Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details Chart positions Notes

Those Who Wait Mixtape
  • Released: August 2011
  • Format: Free download
Alone Together EP 42
Songs That Remind Me of You EP
  • Released: 18 July 2013
  • Format: Free download
"—" denotes albums that did not chart or were not released.

Touring & Live[edit]

Daley tours throughout the US, UK and Europe and has sold-out headline shows from London's KOKO, to New York's SOB's and Highline Ballroom, to the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, 930 Club in Washington DC and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Over the last year Daley has completed three largely sold-out headline tours around the US with legs in Europe, as well as a series of festivals and support shows, and has announced plans to be on the road again in Summer 2015.

Artists he has performed with include: Gorillaz, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Maverick Sabre, Kelly Rowland and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Headline Tours

  • Days & Nights Tour (2014) Headline US Tour (30 dates)
  • Daley, Unplugged Tour (2014) Headline US Tour (15 dates)
  • Look Up Tour (2013) Headline US Tour (18 dates)
  • Those Who Wait Tour (2012) Headline UK / Europe Tour (15 dates)

Support Tours


TV Appearances[edit]

The Tonight Show (2014)[edit]

Starring Jimmy Fallon

Daley's first solo US television appearance was on The Tonight Show in April 2014, to promote debut album Days & Nights. He performed several songs with backing from house band The Roots.

The Today Show US (2014)
Performance 'Heaven' w/ Nelly

Alan Carr: Chatty Man UK (2012)
Performance 'Remember Me' w/ Jessie J

Later... with Jools Holland UK (2011)
Performance 'Long Way Home' w/ Wretch 32

La Musicale France (2011)
Performance 'Doncamatic' w/ Gorillaz


  1. ^ "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. ^ Days & Nights (Media notes). Daley. Republic Records. 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Daley > UK Charts". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company. 
  6. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Adult R&B Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Billboard. 
  7. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Prometheus Global Media. Billboard. 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Daley". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  9. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Prometheus Global Media. Billboard. 

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