Women in Music 2016

Singer ThiDaniel Teams with Super Producer Tricky Stewart for Feel-Good Track 'Purple': Premiere

Nick Walker
Thidaniel

ThiDaniel sets the mood with the toe-tapping number "Purple," produced by veteran beatsmith Tricky Stewart (credits include Rihanna's "Umbrella," Beyonce's "Single Ladies" and Frank Ocean's "Novacane"). The Afro-Puerto Rican singer/songwriter/producer first fell in love with music after learning to play piano from a Julliard teacher after a stellar recital at three years old. and teaching himself guitar. After dropping out of the Berklee School of Music, ThiDaniel made the move to L.A. to pursue his musical career. 

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"Lilac has been an exploration of colors and collaborating with Tricky is a reminder that when the hues resonate at a high level of vibrancy, anything is possible," he tells Billboard of linking with Stewart. Malik Rasheed, the former vice president of A&R at Epic Records and his current manager, put the two in touch. "Trick really put me on, beyond just the storytelling and the sonic vibes, but as a way to get myself together. I never had to change anything, just dive further into my own voice."

Stewart also adds, "Daniel's music reminded me all over again why I started making music! He without question was put on earth to make music and I believe I was chosen to help him deliver it." 

Here, ThiDaniel -- who jump started his career only two years ago -- praises his lady's "skills in the bedroom," singing, "Brand new Mercedes coup/Got me pullin' up, skrt skrt/ Link up and rendezvous." The funky jam appears on ThiDaniel's debut EP Lilac, slated to be released in two parts this fall including the first installment dropping Sept. 9. 

Vibe to "Purple" below.