Daley (musician)

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Daley in 2015.
Background information
Birth nameGareth Daley
Born (1989-09-29) 29 September 1989 (age 30)
Sale, Manchester, England
OriginManchester, England
GenresAlternative R&B, soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsKeyboards, piano, vocals
Years active2010–present
LabelsRepublic Records, Polydor

Gareth Daley (/ˈdˈli/; born 29 September 1989),[1] known mononymously as Daley, is a British singer-songwriter. Daley first became prominent after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz single "Doncamatic", having been spotted by the band's co-creator/lead singer Damon Albarn early in his career as an underground artist on the UK music scene. Shortly afterwards, his first solo album Those Who Wait was independently released and achieved 150,000 downloads over its first few months. Its success saw him promptly signed to Universal Music.

The next two years saw him release top 5 radio single “Alone Together”[2] with Marsha Ambrosius (of Floetry), "Remember Me" featuring singer Jessie J and 2013's "Broken". Daley's debut album Days & Nights was released in February 2014 to critical acclaim and generated the Pharrell Williams-produced top ten hit "Look Up" on the Billboard's Adult R&B Songs.

After a two year hiatus Daley returned with his second album 2017's The Spectrum, with lead single "Until The Pain Is Gone'[3] (featuring three time Grammy winner Jill Scott) catapulting the singer back to the top of the US R&B charts.[4] The 13 song set saw Daley expand on his soulful beginnings while experimenting with new sounds and sonics, auto-biographical emotional lyrical content, incorporating elements of R&B, P-funk, alternative, UK garage and orchestral arrangement. The album was accompanied by sold out headline tour runs in the US and Europe.

Early life[edit]

Daley was born and brought up in the suburbs of Manchester in the North-West of England. Before pursuing music professionally he studied Design & Art Direction at Manchester Metropolitan University. He lived in Manchester until age 21, when he quit his Graphic Design job and relocated to London to focus solely on making music.


2010: Breakthrough[edit]

With some early demos, Daley took to the UK 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. Whipping up excitement with his standout vocal performances he would often find himself on stages with 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, MistaJam and Ronnie Herel 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.

2011: Those Who Wait[edit]

Daley's first solo offering was the Those Who Wait mixtape in late 2011, an independently released free download that 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 months that followed and garnered Daley support from UK media including BBC's 'Sound of...' poll[5] and online buzz from bloggers and fans alike. It consisted of ten songs, and showcased an alternative R&B sound. 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.

2014: Days + Nights[edit]

Released on 11 February 2014 by Polydor Records in the United Kingdom and Republic Records in the United States - the critically acclaimed Days + Nights was Daley's official debut studio album. Featuring stand out songs 'Look Up', 'Broken', 'Time Travel' and 'Blame The World', the album featured collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Illangelo, Bernard Butler and Shea Taylor.

2017: The Spectrum[edit]

On 14 July 2017, after a two year hiatus, Daley's sophomore studio album The Spectrum was released via BMG Rights Management. The album featured lead single 'Until The Pain Is Gone' a soaring soulful duet with Jill Scott, and stand out songs including P-Funk inspired up-tempo 'Sympathy' with UK producer/DJ Swindle, 'Selfish' produced by Montreal producer 'xSdtrk' and UK Garage inspired 'Careless'. The album saw Daley continue to develop with his auto-biographical songwriting style, delving into emotional and even occasional spiritual territory, and pushing boundaries with both vocal performance/arrangement and musical sonic.


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 has often defined him when compared to 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 cited some of his influences as: Prince, Chaka Khan, Radiohead, Maxwell, Sade, Joni Mitchell, Imogen Heap and George Michael.



List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak positions

Days + Nights 128 1 12
The Spectrum[9]
  • Released: 14 July 2017
  • Label: BMG
  • Format: CD, digital download


Title Details Chart positions Notes

Those Who Wait
  • Released: August 2011
  • Format: Free download
Alone Together
  • Released: 6 November 2012
  • Label: Republic
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Songs That Remind Me of You
  • Released: 18 July 2013
  • Format: Free download
"—" denotes albums that did not chart or were not released.


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Adult R&B

2010 "Doncamatic"
(Gorillaz featuring Daley)
37 Plastic Beach
2011 "Those Who Wait" Those Who Wait
2012 "Alone Together"
(featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
5 66 31 Alone Together
"Remember Me"
(featuring Jessie J)
2013 "Broken" Days + Nights
"Look Up" 12 48
2014 "Time Travel"
2017 "Until the Pain Is Gone"
(featuring Jill Scott)[14]
6 41 The Spectrum
"—" denotes singles that were not officially released.


Song Year Artist(s) Album
"Long Way Home" 2011 Wretch 32 featuring Daley Black and White
"Heaven" 2013 Nelly featuring Daley M.O.
"Birds & Bees" 2015 Vince Staples featuring Daley Summertime '06

Touring and live performances[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, D.C. and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta.

Daley has completed several sold-out headline tours around the US with legs in Europe, as well as a series of festivals and support shows. Artists he has performed with include Stevie Wonder, 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)
  • 2016 tour (2016) Headline USA (18 dates)

Support tours



  1. ^ "New band of the day – Daley (No 1,108)". The Guardian. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  2. ^ Music, Bio. "Alone Together Billboard Top 5". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  3. ^ Music, Bio. "Daley Until The Pain Is Gone". Okayplayer.com. Okayplayer.
  4. ^ Music, Bio. "Until The Pain Is Gone Chart". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  5. ^ "BBC – Sound of 2011 – Daley". BBC. Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard.
  7. ^ a b "Daley – Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Daley – Chart history: R&B Albums". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Daley Announces Upcoming Album "The Spectrum"". YouKnowIGotSoul.com. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Daley > UK Charts". Officialcharts.com/. Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Adult R&B Songs". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Daley – Chart history: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Daley – Chart history: R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Until the Pain Is Gone". iTunes (RU). Retrieved 24 March 2017.

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