Daley At The Viper Room
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By Kourtney Richard
West Hollywood, Calif.
When I first heard Daley was making a stop in Los Angeles on his Look Up tour, I screamed with excitement knowing that I would finally experience this soulful, talented and beautiful singer perform live. It was his first performance in L.A., so I knew it would be a packed house. I arrived early at the Viper Room in West Hollywood and immediately made my way to the front of the stage. After claiming a good spot, I noticed the room filling up by the second. The show was completely sold out.
Daley opened with "Remember Me," which had the crowd swaying side to side and singing along. His vocals were effortless. After kicking off the concert with a strong number, he sang "Those Who Wait," one of my favorite songs from his 2012 EP, Alone Together. I have always felt emotionally connected with this particular song because I can relate to it. In "Those Who Wait" Daley expresses his journey to success and how he overcame obstacles to get where he is today. The lyrics are truly inspiring and give me hope that certain circumstances can change with time. Sometimes we just have to be patient: "I'm waiting/'Cause I know I'm gonna be next in line/To claim my prize, and be all that I wanna be/I work so hard to earn my place/And good things come to those who wait."
Daley definitely has a way of turning a positive message into a beautiful melody. It's refreshing to hear lyrics that are so relatable. He went on to sing his latest Pharrell Williams-produced track, "Look Up," and the crowd went crazy. We all knew the lyrics to this one. I call this type of song "feel-good" music. Everything about "Look Up" will put you in a lighter mood, from the banging beat to the soft smooth vocals.
Then Daley did the unthinkable: he took us back to the familiar old-school R&B era. These were the days when R&B music was solely about being crazy in love. He started with Chaka Khan's classic "Sweet Thing." As I watched him passionately sing in falsetto, I knew this was going to be a night to remember. The covers didn't end there. He then reminded me of why I fell in love with R&B by singing GRAMMY winner Maxwell's 2009 hit, "Pretty Wings." Everyone gazed at Daley with amazement because his vocals were so similar to Maxwell's. He told us he ran into the R&B legend earlier this year and got a solid approval from him.
Just when I thought the show couldn't get any better, Daley ended the night with "Alone Together," which he co-wrote and features GRAMMY-nominated UK singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius. When Ambrosius came onstage the crowd went wild and I knew it was going to be epic. Their chemistry was undeniable and I simply melted as I witnessed two talented individuals pour their hearts out onstage.
After his phenomenal duet with Ambrosius, Daley wanted to meet everyone face-to-face. I was one of the first people to get in front of him, and I didn't feel like I was meeting someone new. He grabbed my hand and said, "Thank you so much for supporting me, it means a lot that you are here." I don't think I've ever witnessed or experienced an artist with such a personable vibe.
"Those Who Wait"
"Game Over"/"Sweet Thing" (Chaka Khan cover)
"Blame The World"
"Pretty Wings" (Maxwell cover)
"Songs That Remind Me Of You"
"Alone Together (with Marsha Ambrosius)
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