Singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Peter Daily possesses the rarest of musical traits – he has the ability to connect with any audience.
The founder of the indie pop-rock group Royal Band, Daily is the longtime touring musical director for hip-hop artist Pigeon John, he’s co-written a k-pop song that was a hit in Asia (Kim Hyun Joong’s “His Habit”), and he’s opened for everyone from Brandi Carlile, to MF Doom, to Mike Patton.
He’s also just getting started.
Daily, who’s based in Los Angeles, but has roots in Texas, is readying the release of his next solo album (name and date TBD), the first single off of which is the upbeat, piano driven “Good News.” In addition to “Good News,” the album will feature guest appearances by Pigeon John, Krum, and Illa J, as well as production from Adam MacDougall (Circles Around the Sun, The Black Crowes).
Having been involved in such a wide range of musical genres, it’s no surprise that Daily counts an equally wide range of artists as musical influences – the list includes Paul McCartney, Billy Preston, J Dilla, and Randy Newman – but his first influence was his father, who was a gospel artist. Between his solo work, and his work with Royal Band, Daily’s music has appeared everywhere, including on TV shows on Netflix, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The CW, and the Travel Channel.
Music, however, would take a back seat after his father’s passing in 2013. Just as everything seemed to be getting back on track, Daily would have his career de-railed for the entire year of 2017 when he was in a car accident that broke his nose, ribs, and right hip.
After having his hip replaced, and taking the better part of 12 months to essentially learn how to walk again, Daily was ready to continue developing his sound. “It was exciting taking what I learned from the band, and making music on my own – playing all the instruments, and nerding out in the studio.”
Some of that nerding out included going back to the basics. “My first keyboard was an Ensoniq EPS sampler,” Daily says, “my brother, who had a hip-hop group, showed me how to use it, and make beats, and sample. So as a solo artist I use techniques I learned in my youth along with being a piano player/drummer/singer.”
With this combination of styles and inspirations in mind, Daily describes his solo work as “a bit of a mix of Beatles and hip-hop.” Being that he’s worked with both Brian Ray, who’s the guitarist for Paul McCartney’s band, as well as a litany of indie hip-hop legends, it’s an apt description. It’s also why Daily’s music connects with so many different audiences, and has the power to bridge both genre, and generational gaps.
In a world fraught with conflict and dissent, this certainly qualifies as “Good News.”