Australia's Daniel Merriweather is best known in America as the blue-eyed soul crooner heard on Mark Ronson's cover of the Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before," but he's already a chart-topping sensation Down Under and in Britain. And now he's set to become a Grammy-sweeping, Adele-esque success in the States, once his Ronson-produced U.S. debut album, Love & War
, finally comes out February 23.
While the feminine likes of Adele, Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and Sharon Jones have ushered in a new era of throwback soul in the last couple of years, few retro-R&B males have made inroads in the old-is-new-again genre. Daniel, with his honeyed vocals and matinee idol looks, may very well change all that. And his critically acclaimed Love & War
even features a duet with the aforementioned Adele that is a real stunner.
In January 2010, tastemaking Los Angeles radio station KCRW sponsored an intimate Daniel show on the rooftop of the Paley Center For Media museum in Beverly Hills, co-hosted by the Australian tourism board as some sort of event to promote both Australian and Merriweatherian awareness. After the show, Yahoo! caught up with Daniel to discuss such topics as breaking out of Australia, taking on an iconic Smiths song without incurring the wrath of Morrissey fanatics, and whether or not he can duplicate Amy and Adele's success in the States. Here's how it went:
- Daniel Merriweather
- Mark Ronson
- Amy Winehouse