ABOUT LUCKY DAYE
David Debrandon Brown, professionally known as Lucky Daye, was born on September 25, 1985 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although he was raised in a cult that forbade secular music, he was drawn to singing from a young age and once his mother left the cult, he began to immerse himself in music. When he was old enough, Daye relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a music career.
At the age of 19, Daye competed on season four of American Idol but was eliminated before reaching the top 20.
Over the coming years, he began finding work as a songwriter and backing vocalist, and in 2008 wrote songs for Keith Sweat on his album Just Me and Ne-Yo’s "She Got Her Own." He co-wrote Boyz II Men’s 2014 song "Believe Us" and in 2016 and 2017, he co-wrote songs released by Keke Palmer ("Enemiez"), Ella Mai ("10,000 Hours," "Down"), Trey Songz ("Song Goes Off"), as well as two tracks from the album Strength of a Woman by Mary J. Blige, among others.
Daye was signed to Keep Cool Records and RCA Records in 2018 and released his debut single, "Roll Some Mo". That November, he released I, his debut EP.
He released the single "Karma" in January 2019 from his second EP, II, which was released the following month. February also saw him embark on a tour with English singer-songwriter Ella Mai.
On May 24, 2019, Daye released his debut album, Painted, which consisted of songs from both EPs (I and II). The album earned him four nominations at the 62nd Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance ("Roll Some Mo"), and Best Traditional R&B Performance ("Real Games"). Later that month, he opened for R&B singer Khalid on his Free Spirit tour in New Zealand.
A deluxe edition of Painted was released in May 2020 including new mixes and alternative versions of previously released songs as well as four new tracks. The deluxe album included collaborations with Chronixx, MediSun, Victoria Monet, and Babyface. That September, he co-wrote Zayn's single, "Better".
On February 12, 2021, Daye released the EP Table for Two. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of What’s Going On, he released a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” on May 21, 2021.