FRIDAY CRUSH: DANIEL JAMES

What better way to see out Friday afternoon stresses than the soothing sounds of Daniel James? This new singer on the block has got those in the know talking, thanks to his unique take on pop, melding gospel, folk and soul influences with emotion-filled lyrics. We sat down with him ahead of his UK tour to find out more – read on for everything you need to know about Daniel James.

His acoustic sets are spine-tingling

“When I perform acoustically there’s a raw energy that people seem to dig. I lay it all out for people to either enjoy or not enjoy. It seems to be going alright for now!” Just watch the video above and we think you’ll agree!

He’s an eavesdropper 

To inspire his lyrics Daniel says he listens to a lot of people’s conversations on the bus or tube. “As a writer you have to take notice of things around you.”

He taught himself guitar

Daniel has been honing his vocals since he was a kid, but it was more recently that he picked up a guitar. “I’m not the best in the world but I get by. I’m getting better everyday though. Practice y’all!”

He’s supporting Sam Smith on tour

If you’re in with Sam Smith then you’re in with us! Dan met Sam through mutual friends and he’ll be supporting him on the UK leg of his upcoming tour this October. “I’m so excited, it’s a big step up. I’m still in shock that I’m actually going on it.”

He’s addicted to ham and cheese sandwiches

We’ve got it on good authority that this is an essential part of his tour rider, along with a good selection of drinks. Healthy diet then!

He loves his mam and dad 

He grew up in the Irish countryside and says his parents gave him a very loving and supportive upbringing. “When times were tougher I was always taught to see the positives rather than the negatives.” Bless.

He’s got a crush on a Victoria Secret model

“As a kid I quite fancied Julia Stiles, but for now I will say Erin Heatherton.”

Keep up with Daniel James on his Facebook page and look out for a new EP coming soon.