Daley (UK soul artist)
Gareth Daley, better known professionally as Daley (pronounced day-lee), is a British recording artist and songwriter.
Daley first became prominent after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz 2010 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. The song exposed him to a huge international audience, setting the stage for an inevitable solo career.
In 2011 his first solo work, the 'Those Who Wait' mixtape was independently released and achieved 150,000 downloads over its first twelve months. It introduced a left-of-center Alternative R&B sound, emotive songwriting style and soulful vocal performance that Daley has become known for, and created an online media buzz which saw him promptly signed to Universal - Polydor Records in the UK and Republic Records in the US, 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. It held this spot for three months, and established 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 live show has sold out venues across the US, UK and Europe – headlining everywhere 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.