Daniel Merriweather is ready for his comeback.
The Australian singer lets it all come down with “Rain” and its drought-busting music video, which Billboard exclusively premieres today.
Directed by Angelo Dominic Sesto and George Roberts Bascombe, the clip is a sizzle-reel to the talents of Theo “Godson” Oloyade, a modern dance master who operates in the space where movement meets art.
Merriweather bears his soul in the self-produced “Rain,” which features additional production and arrangement from award-winning jazz pianist Barney McAll. It represents “a restart, it’s about new beginnings,” he explains. “It’s about the collapse of broken systems and the celebration of a new chapter.”
Blessed with a mass of soul in his voice, Merriweather blasted out the blocks in 2007 singing on Mark Ronson’s “Stop Me,” a fresh take of The Smiths‘ classic “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before.” The song went to No. 2 in the U.K. and he guested on British grime artist Wiley’s top 20 hit “Cash in My Pocket”.
The singer’s 2009 debut album Love & War also went to No. 2 in the U.K. and yielded two more top 10 hits, “Change” and “Red.” The album is now platinum certified. In the same year, he performed at the BRIT Awards with Ronson, Amy Winehouse and Adele, who featured on Love & War track “Water and a Flame”.
Some lean years followed, though Merriweather returned at the end of last year for several live shows and worked with Mark Ronson and Diplo recently on their Silk City record, cutting vocals for “Only Can Get Better”.
Merriweather also released “Everything I Need” in 2019 and the Kwes-produced “Paradise” in February of this year.
Watch “Rain” below.