Thursday, August 27, 2009


Song: Change (w/Wale)
Artist: Daniel Merriweather
Album: Love & War

Daniel Paul Merriweather (born February 17, 1982 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian R&B singer/songwriter. After several successful collaborations with artists such as Mark Ronson, he released his official debut album, Love & War, in June 2009. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number two. He had a debut album entitled The Fifth Season in 2006, but it was never released.



Merriweather's first commercially released recording was a guest appearance on the track "All I Want" from Australian dance actDisco Montego's self-titled album in 2002. This was followed by a guest appearance on DJ/Producer Mark Ronson's Here Comes the Fuzz album ("She's Got Me") in 2003. His debut solo single "City Rules" (produced by Ronson and featuring raps from New York MCSaigon) followed in early 2004 with the aforementioned "She's Got Me" released as its follow-up. While neither song had any huge commercial success, both songs became favourites in Australian clubs and urban music circles; and won APRA and ARIA awards; with "City Rules" also getting some airplay on the major Australian commercial radio stations FOX FM (Melbourne)/2Day FMand B105. In 2005 he cowrote and coproduced much of friend Phrase's debut album Talk With Force; also lending vocals to three tracks including the single "Catch Phrase". A 2006/7 collaboration with Ronson (a version of The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before"), had huge commercial success in the UK where it was released as the lead-off single for Ronson's album "Version" (reaching number two on the chart).

Daniel's first commercially available album Love & War was released in June 2009, reaching #2 on the UK albums chart. The album was preceded by the singles "Change" and "Red", which both made the top 10 on the UK singles charts.

Daniel cites Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jeff Buckley and Herbie Hancock as his major influences.

Personal life

Growing up in the Dandenong ranges area of Melbourne, Australia, Daniel attended The Patch Primary School, Billanook College, Blackburn High Schoo and Swinburne Senior Secondary College. His musical education began with violin lessons at the age of four; after dropping out of school, he focused all his attention on music, taking vocal lessons and performing in clubs around Melbourne He currently divides his time mostly between New York, and London.


Daniel has supported Kanye West on his Australian tour, opened for Biz Markie in Brooklyn and Justin Timberlake in London; and headlined 2004's "City Rules" tour of Australia with Mark Ronson, Scribe and P-Money. He has performed live on various radio and television programs, including Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Triple J's Hip Hop show, Radio 1's Live Lounge show, and Sunrise. He has performed at various festivals and events including the Montreux Jazz Festival (alongside Erick Sermon); the 2004 St Kilda Festivaland 2004 Melbourne World AIDS Day Concert.

During 2007, he toured the UK with Mark Ronson (as well as performing several solo shows). He also performed with Mark and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the 2007 BBC Electric Proms. He also performed at the MTV Video Music Awards on 9 September 2007 alongside Ronson who acted as the official DJ for the proceedings. On 22 February 2008, he appeared on BBC Radio One with Mark Ronson to perform a special version of his track 'Stop Me' as part of the early morning Chris Moyles breakfast show.

He also played at the 2008 Brit Awards alongside Mark Ronson. Also, he sang "Stop Me" on stage during Mark Ronson's Glastonbury 2008 set.Daniel performed in Australia for the first time since 2006 at the Global Gathering shows in November 2008 with Mark Ronson's Version Players.

At the 2009 02 Wireless festival in Hyde Park London, Daniel headlined the second stage where Mark Ronson supported him for half a set on guitar.

Daniel is set to play at this year's Oxegen festival in Punchestown Racecourse, Co. Kildare, Ireland. He has appeared on The Justin Lee Collins Show and Britain's Got More Talent.

Daniel appeared as the musical guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on 14 July 2009 performing "Change" with rapper Wale


  • The Fifth Season (2006) (unreleased)
  • Love & War (2009)




"Stop Me" Mark Ronson ft Danniel Merriweather - Live on Jimmy Kimmel

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