Lingua disponibile: ingleseNeither explicitly retro nor overtly commercial, Lucky Daye is a singer and songwriter with a modern, slightly left-of-center approach to R&B with a foundation in classic soul. Like contemporaries such as BJ the Chicago Kid and Daniel Caesar, he's a synthesist of traditional and progressive modes, showcased on his debut album, the Grammy-nominated Painted (2019). Established as a songwriter before his breakthrough, Daye counts Keith Sweat, Ne-Yo, Ella Mai, and Mary J. Blige among the artists who recorded his pre-solo material, and he has since worked with the likes of Mark Ronson and Kehlani, as well as Babyface, with whom he recorded "Shoulda" (2020). Born David Debrandon Brown, Lucky Daye is originally from New Orleans. Raised in a cult that forbade secular music, he nonetheless discovered an innate knack for singing. After his mother left the cult, Brown immersed himself in classic R&B and eventually fell particularly hard for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Rick James. Uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, he moved to Tyler, Texas, but soon relocated to Atlanta to pursue music. He established himself as a songwriter and background vocalist, and in 2008 and 2009 landed credits on releases by Keith Sweat (a handful of cuts on Just Me) and Ne-Yo ("She Got Her Own"). Brown wasn't as active in the next few years -- he did write for Boyz II Men ("Believe Us") -- but he shifted gears during the latter half of the 2010s. In 2016 and 2017, he co-wrote songs released by Keke Palmer ("Enemiez"), Ella Mai ("10,000 Hours," "Down"), Trey Songz ("Song Goes Off"), and Mary J. Blige (including two tracks off Strength of a Woman), among other contemporary R&B artists. Signed to a recording deal with Tunji Balogun's RCA-affiliated Keep Cool label, Brown -- by then based in Los Angeles -- got to work with producer D'Mile and made his debut as Lucky Daye in 2018. First was "Little More Time," a Victoria Monet collaboration included on the soundtrack for Insecure's third season. Next came the single "Roll Some Mo," followed shortly thereafter by I and II, EPs that became the basis of the full-length Painted, issued in May 2019. The LP registered on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and went on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. Additionally, "Roll Some Mo" was nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song, and "Real Games," another cut off the album, was up for Best Traditional R&B Performance. During the rest of 2019 and into 2020, Daye recorded with Mark Ronson for the Spies in Disguise soundtrack and contributed "Fade Away" to Stella Meghie's The Photograph. Deeper into the latter year, he co-wrote and sang on Kehlani's "Can You Blame Me" and released an update of Toni Braxton's debut single "Love Shoulda Brought You Home," featuring Babyface (who co-wrote and co-produced the original). The track, shortened to "Shoulda," then appeared on a deluxe edition of Painted.
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