Australian singer and songwriter Daniel Merriweather will release his much-anticipated debut album, entitled LOVE & WAR, in the U.S. on February 23, 2010 on J Records/Allido Records. Daniel has been garnering global recognition for his musical artistry and songwriting talent as he builds towards the US release of his debut album. He was just nominated this week for the 2010 Brit Award for 2010â€™s Best International Breakthrough Act, has won the ARIA Award (Australiaâ€™s â€œGrammysâ€) for Best Male Artist, nominated for two European Music Awards and has been chosen as VH1â€™s â€œYou Oughta Knowâ€ featured artist premiering February 1st, with his debut single â€œRed.â€
Already an enormous hit in the UK, LOVE & WAR, debuted at #2 on the British album chart over the summer and both his album and single â€œRedâ€ have been certified platinum. LOVE & WAR has been called â€œone of the debuts of the, well, centuryâ€ with â€œthe potential to be a genre-crossing monsterâ€ by the UKâ€™s Daily Mirror , “a handsomely crafted retro-soul affair ” by the Los Angeles Times and â€œan orgasm for your earsâ€ by no less a harbinger of big things to come than Perez Hilton.
Daily Variety declared â€œthere was no doubt that a new star was bornâ€ at his first Los Angeles show this week after he performed his first single â€œRed,â€ and stated â€œMerriweather wowed a packed house Wednesday night at the Troubadour, where such legends as Elton John broke in the U.S. And if the strength of Merriweather’s debut disc, “Love and War” — long on stylistic ambition and old-school instrumentation — is any indication, Merriweather’s West Coast maiden voyage could achieve similar historic significance.â€
Other press raves include Q calling Merriweather a â€œretro-popster primed for chart glory,â€ Uncutâ€™s 4 star album review, and Music Weekâ€™s offering â€œtruly jaw-dropping stuff.â€ The Guardian calls Merriweather â€œindisputably soulfulâ€ and The Daily Telegraph writes â€œhis rich, trembling soulful voice, melodic flow, and horse percussive stabs call to mind the Fifties idol Dion crossed with Otis Redding.â€
The albumâ€™s first single â€œRed,â€ already certified platinum, was #2 most-played song in the UK and debuted Top 5 on the Singles chart, and features stellar guitar work from Sean Lennon and Harper Simon. â€œRedâ€ also held the #1 spot in Hong Kong and was Top 10 in Ireland and Malaysia. The first UK single, â€œChangeâ€ (featuring rapper Wale) peaked at #3 on the British airplay chart, debuted Top 10 on the Singles chart, and was a Top 5 airplay hit in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Denmark, and Austria. The album also features â€œWater and a Flameâ€ â€” a sultry duet with Grammy Award-winning soul singer Adele.
Though Merriweather may be best known in the U.S. as the remarkably soulful voice behind â€œStop Meâ€ (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronsonâ€™s eclectic album Version that went to #1 on the UKâ€™s airplay chart), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on LOVE & WAR, which pulses with â€™60s soul keyboards and horns, warm textures of acoustic and electric guitar, and cinematic string arrangements, all anchored by Merriweatherâ€™s combustible vocals.
LOVE & WAR is also a showcase for Merriweatherâ€™s considerable songwriting talents. He wrote nearly every song on the album with various musician friends, and then presented his compositions to Ronson (who produced the album) and his backing band, The Dap Kings (of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings), who also played on Amy Winehouseâ€™s Back to Black and Ronsonâ€™s Version. â€œFor this album, itâ€™s as if I took all of my influences, shook them up in a box, and came up with a bunch of songs that I think stand away from any one particular genre,â€ Merriweather says. â€œIâ€™m as inspired by Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest as I am by Vivaldi, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Buckley, or Dâ€™Angelo. There are artists who are archivistsâ€”they make music directly derived from music they love. I make music by subconsciously blending things Iâ€™ve heard throughout my life.â€
For more about this exciting newcomer, including audio and video clips, and photos, please visit www.danielmerriweather.com.
About VH1â€™s You Oughta Know:
VH1â€™S You Oughta Know franchise, launched originally on VH1.com in late 2004 introduces artists on the rise to the channelâ€™s adult music lover base via VH1, VH1.com and off-air marketing campaigns. This highly acclaimed franchise has helped labels break many artists and has proven to have an impact on their record sales.
The track-listing for LOVE & WAR is as follows:
â€œFor Your Moneyâ€
â€œChangeâ€ (featuring Wale)
â€œNot Giving Upâ€
â€œWater And A Flameâ€ (featuring Adele)
â€œLive By Nightâ€
â€œGiving Everything Away For Freeâ€
â€œThe Childrenâ€ (Bonus Track)