New single “Not Enough” out now
Talay is a veteran in the songwriting world, writing hits such as Nick Jonas’ “Levels,” Chris Brown’s “Zero,” Jason Derulo’s new single “If It Aint Love” to name a few!
He’s also written for Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding, Britney Spears, Usher, Trey Songs, Jessie J and more!
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About Talay Riley:
It’s rare to come across as dynamic a storyteller as Talay. The London-born, LA-based singer-songwriter has written tunes for the likes of Nick Jonas, Britney Spears, Ellie Goulding and Martin Garrix, to name a few. His writing traverses genres, styles and moods, bringing to life energetic stories of love, heartbreak and adventure, each with an unparalleled sense of honesty.
Now, Talay is working on telling his own story. Signed to iconic label Island Records, he’s working on a debut album that showcases his unique personal sound. “It’s been a lot of fun finding my own voice and coming into my own,” he says of the process. “I’m free to just be me and be super truthful.”
Growing up in East London, Talay was always surrounded by music – Sing-alongs and church choirs were a large part of his family time. “It was always there,” he remembers, “and always organic.” Singing since he was four years old, he began writing poetry and freestyle rapping with his friends in school. “People started telling me I should record,” he says, so he did, crooning hooks for rappers and writing songs for girl groups. Before long, he was penning songs for artists including Chris Brown and Usher. “It’s always fascinating to put on a different personality and play different roles,” he says, noting the apparent diversity in his writing portfolio.
His influences are just as varied. From Ray Charles to Coldplay, Amy Winehouse to Rascal Flatts, Talay cites a musical great from just about every genre, and gets strikingly excited by the innovation hears on Soundcloud. “I try and pull inspiration from everywhere,” he says. “I always want to be able to switch it up.” His own sound incorporates his love for blues, pop, R&B, hip-hop, country and EDM. Tuxedo is a high-energy R&B-infused pop track with elements of electronic music. A self-proclaimed “movie nerd,” Talay asserts that the song was inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. True to the film, it’s upbeat, colorful and smooth, with an irresistible call to dance. “I love high energy songs that make people wanna move and feel good,” he says. Not Enough, his new track, is certainly a feel good love song. It’s sexy and soulful, showing off an impressive falsetto and vocal range.
In addition to movies, Talay uses his own personal experiences as inspiration. He values substance and connection, writing songs that have real messages aimed at real people. When writing for others (upcoming credits include records for Keke Palmer, Disciples and Jason Derulo), Talay appreciates collaboration and authenticity, tenets he hopes are apparent in his own music. “I just want to give people great vocals, great melodies and lyrics that people can connect with,” he says. “I want to bring a lot of feeling.”