Prince Williams/WireImageBritish soul singer Daley credits two fallen music icons for inspiring his career: Prince and George Michael.
“Prince’s whole first album was all him. Every bit of music, every instrument, every song was written by him,” he tells IBTimes. “It was the vision he had for himself and his music that inspired me, as well as the music itself.”
Daley, who hails from Manchester, England, remembers London-born Michael as one of his first musical influences.
“He actually shaped the way I sing,” he says. “He’s the kinda standard that I hold myself up to as a vocalist – that’s not to say I’m as good as him or anything like that. The way in which he approached vocals and vocal performances was classy. It was good quality, he took pride in the way he recorded his vocals.”
Daley has fond memories of a surprise encounter with Michael.
“I actually met him when I was at the studio working with some of his collaborators.” he recalls. “They would tell me about his process and how he would record and I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I do it and how I want to do it.’ I would spend half an hour on just a line to get it perfect, you know? Apparently just like him.”
Daley released his second solo album, The Spectrum on July 14, which features his Jill Scott duet, “Until The Pain Is Gone.”
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