After years of establishing his name, New Orleans bred R&B star Lucky Daye is finally getting the respect he deserves.
With this year’s Grammy Awards taking place on April 3rd, Lucky Daye showed up a good sport as he always had when nominated for the prestigious golden trophy.
“I pull up every time they nominate me,” the 36-year-old singer shared shortly before the ceremony began. However, this year was different. Daye was nominated for two awards, Best Traditional R&B Performance for his song “How Much Can a Heart Take,” featuring Yebba, and Best Progressive R&B Album for “Table for Two.” The 36-year-old was recognized in front of his peers for his critically acclaimed 2021 EP, taking home the prize for Best Progressive R&B Album, his very first Grammy award. In 2020, he was nominated four times at the Grammys but did not prevail in any category.
In addition to the collaboration with Yebba, the beautifully written seven-song project featured guest appearances from fellow vocalists Queen Naija and Ari Lennox.
To the music world, fans have grown to love Lucky Daye, but in New Orleans, he’s known as David Debrandon Brown. Born on September 25th, 1985, it was apparent in childhood that he would be destined for musical greatness. His talents were honed by turning his children’s books into his own songs. Classic R&B was his favorite genre, gravitating towards Stevie Wonder and others of that generation. His first brush with fame came about at the tender age of 15 when he participated in season four of American Idol. During his audition, the teenager belted out a powerful rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke, which captured the hearts of judges. He advanced to the next level but was eliminated after reaching the Top 20.
The music competition was not the end of his career. In 2008, Daye established himself as a compelling songwriter and background vocalist, which allowed him to work with R&B legend Keith Sweat for his album “Just Me.” His incomparable pen opened the door for him to then collaborate with Ne-Yo on the hit record “She Got Her Own.” A heartfelt record that he penned for Boyz II Men titled “Believe Me” soon followed. Today, Daye is regarded as one of the biggest R&B acts of this generation.
Daye wasted no time with his follow-up project, “Candy Drip,” which debuted on March 10th. His sophomore effort saw a new level of success, with his first Billboard Hot 100 entry being the single “Over.” The record quickly became a fan favorite, sampling Musiq Soulchild’s classic “Halfcrazy.” “Candy Drip” landed at No. 5 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart.
Will “Candy Drip” live up to the magic that was “Table for Two?” Only time will tell, but in the meantime, let’s continue to give Lucky Daye his flowers while he can still smell them.