The Berlin-based, Irish vocalist's versatility ranges from soul, jazz, rhythm & blues to opera and her style is reminiscent of a time past.
'January Skies', Daly's debut album was recently featured in 'The Irish Times Best Albums and Gigs of 2022' shortlist and celebrated its Bandcamp release on January 28th 2022. The album is the result of a successful grassroots crowdfunding campaign and was recorded at Jazzanova Recording Studio, Berlin. It was produced and arranged by Charis Karantzas and is a collaboration with her long-time writing partner, Australian composer, Michael Edwards - whose credits include Morcheeba and the Game of Thrones Soundtrack. This partnership makes up the greater part of the album tracks, while others such as 'In My Dreams' (co-written with Michael Parle) were written by Daly while London-based. Previous single releases include the bitter-sweet album title track, 'January Skies' and the cinematic and trip-hop infused 'In My Dreams'. 'Missed Chances', the 3rd release from the album, is a 60's soul-inspired track and since its release in December 2021, it has been added the to RTE RADIO ONE Recommended playlist. The Dublin- born artist's writing style is inspired by the songwriting stalwarts of the 60s and 70s. The album shows the artist drawing on experiences with finding purpose, patriarchy, rites of passage, lost faith, fate, missed opportunities and fantasy versus reality.
Her debut recording, Melodramas EP (2014), together with recent singles, has been featured on Jazz
Radio Berlin/Europa. She has performed sold-out dates at The Orange Room, Berlin (Jazz Radio Berlin)
and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. A regular performer on the opera stage, Michelle has sung as a soloist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and created the female lead in the World Premier of Yasutaki Inamori’s ‘Wir Aus Glas’ for Deutsche Oper Berlin. Other collaborations include guest vocals on
the critically acclaimed ‘These New Puritans’ album ‘Inside the Rose’. Michelle is currently working on a collection of covers. The first, recorded remotely during the lockdown, is a collaboration with musicians based in Dublin, Paris & Berlin. This offering will be a cover of Massive Attack’s trip-hop classic ‘Unfinished Sympathy’.
Michelle is planning a full digital release of her album this Summer 2022, accompanied by a promotional tour.
Press + Quotes
The Irish Times 'Best Albums and Gigs of 2022' shortlist
“Honey-toned”– The Guardian
“A dash of Portishead and Amy Winehouse” – Cathal Murray RTE Radio 1
“Daly’s vocals bounce delectably over the beat of the song and are reminiscent of distinguished songstress Rosemary Clooney’s sweet yet mournful voice” – Goldenplec Music
“A whiff of a classy James Bond theme song here with hints of a retro-fuelled Tarantino soundtrack” – Tony Clayton-Lea
|26th May 2022||18:30||January Skies - Album Launch + support from Hazel Iris||More details|