Talay Riley

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Talay Riley
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresR&B, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Artist, Actor
Years active2009–present
LabelsJive UK (2009–2012)
Sony Music Entertainment
RCA Music Group
Island Records (2015–2017)
Associated actsMiguel, Usher, Grades, H.E.R, Frank Ocean,

Talay Riley is a British singer-songwriter of Nigerian heritage.


At the age of 18, Talay Riley signed his first major publishing deal with Global Publishing due to his No. 1 co-written UK single. His first artist appearance in 2009, when he appeared on rapper Chipmunk's single which peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. He then went on to sign with Major Label Jive/Sony Records. Talay has toured with many UK/US artists including Skepta, Usher's sold out Arena tour & Trey Songz.


Personal life[edit]

Talay Riley first remembers singing when he was four. As a boy growing up in East London, music was always around him, and he was first exposed to the music of the early 1990s by his older brother and sister. He doesn’t remember it, but he’s constantly reminded of moments in front of the bathroom mirror singing along to their MC Hammer CDs.

Talay's aim is for nothing lower than the stars, naming Nat King Cole, Kim Burrell, Stevie Wonder, Brandy and James Brown as his greatest inspirations. But he has always been a talent hungry for a twist, studying the biggest names in a number of genres: Blues, Country, Indie, Reggae, Bossa Nova & Rock to name a few. He aims to stitch together a truly universal & unique sound, in his own words, "i love music, i can listen to anything as long as its good, HIP HOP and R&B will always have my heart though, so for the kids! gotta keep the torch super lit! lets go! always a student. Pull up!"



  • Going to California (2011)


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Humanoid" 2010 Non-album singles
"Sergeant Smash" 2011
"Good As Gold"
(featuring Scorcher)
Going to California
"Make You Mine" 57 17
"Not Enough" 2016 Non-album singles

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Look for Me"
(Chip featuring Talay Riley)
2009 7 3 I Am Chipmunk
"It's All Love"
(Scorcher featuring Talay Riley)
2012 Non-album single
(LuvBug featuring Talay Riley)
2014 13 4 TBA
"Dirty Love"
(Wilkinson featuring Talay Riley)
20 5 Lazers Not Included (Extended Edition)
(Tiësto and Kshmr featuring Talay Riley)
2017 TBA

Writing discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song
2009 Chipmunk I Am Chipmunk "Beast"
"Look for Me"
(featuring Talay Riley)
"Lose My Life"
(featuring N-Dubz)
"Oopsy Daisy"
2010 Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy "Snap"
2011 Jessie J Who You Are "Who's Laughing Now"
JLS Jukebox "Take You Down"
JPM Moonwalk "Never Give Up"
2012 Ellie Goulding Halcyon "In My City"
Aleks Josh Cruise "Blue"
"Young Fun & Foolish"
Lawson Chapman Square "Everywhere You Go"
Chris Rene I'm Right Here "Tidal Wave"
Scorcher non-album single "It's All Love"
(featuring Talay Riley)
"It's All Love (Remix)"
(featuring Kano, Wretch 32, Bashy and Talay Riley)
Big Time Rush 24/Seven "Love Me Again"
Misha B non-album single "Here's to Everything (Ooh La La)"
Iggy Azalea The New Classic "Bounce"
Rascals non-album single "Fire Blaze"
Wiley The Ascent "Reload"
2014 Wilkinson Lazers Not Included "Afterglow"
"Dirty Love"
(featuring Talay Riley)
Luke James Luke James "Exit Wounds"
"Time X (Interlude)"
LuvBug non-album single "Resonance"
(featuring Talay Riley)
2015 Allen Stone Radius "Freedom"
Nathan Sykes Unfinished Business "More Than You'll Ever Know"
Austin Mahone Dirty Work "Dirty Work"
Timeflies Just for Fun "Worse Things Than Love"
(featuring Natalie La Rose)
Prince Royce Double Vision "Seal It With A Kiss"
Jess Glynne I Cry When I Laugh "You Can Find Me"
Trey Songz Intermission I & II "Do It Now"
Abraham Mateo Are You Ready? "Are You Ready?"
Usher TBA "Miracles"
Nick Jonas Nick Jonas 2.0 "Levels"
Pentatonix Pentatonix "Cracked"
Chris Brown Royalty "Zero"
"Fine by Me"
Empire TBC "Powerful"
(Alicia Keys and Jussie Smollett)
2016 Britney Spears Glory "Clumsy"
Brooke Candy Daddy Issues "Happy Days"
Ella Mai Time "She Don't"
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
Kelela Hallucinogen "All The Way Down"
Jason Derulo TBC "If It Ain't Love"
Dua Lipa Dua Lipa "Last Dance"
Julian Perretta Karma "I Cry"
Clams Casino 32 Levels "A Breathe Away"
(featuring Kelela)
Nathan Sykes Unfinished Business "Give It Up"
(featuring G-Eazy)
2017 Chris Blue TBA "Money on You"
Kelela Take Me Apart "Truth or Dare"
Jorge Blanco TBA "Risky Business"
N/A "Summer Soul"
Ella Mai READY "Anymore"
Fitz & The Tantrums TBA "Fool"
Wilkinson Hypnotic "Flatline"
Chris Brown Heartbreak on a Full Moon "Rock Your Body"
Adrian Marcel GMFU "BLIND"
Khalid American Teen "Young Dumb & Broke"
Common Kings Lost In Paradise "I Want Your Body"
Isac Elliot Faith "She"
H.E.R H.E.R Vol 2 "Lights On"
2018 David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks 7 "Like I Do"
Pretty Much TBA "10,000 Hours"
Ethan Young TBA "Giants"
Craig David The Time Is Now "Talk To Me"
"Talk To Me Pt. 2"
(featuring Ella Mai)
Calum Scott Only Human "Only Human"