After much anticipation, Lucky Daye has released his debut album Painted via Keep Cool/RCA Records.
In an interview with Billboard, Daye explained what inspired him to create the project.
“The thing that fueled me was not knowing nothing,” he revealed. “As a kid, growing up and being told so many things was supposed to be a certain way and finding out it didn’t work, or you’re supposed to show a lot of people love and you don’t get it back, like that kind of stuff will make you wanna know why. I wanna know why it don’t work. I live by this all my life.”
He continued, “So for me, it was more about trying to figure out some answers — and the album came from my purest emotions, because I wanna see it from the outside in. It’s the only way I’ll be able to see it. Doing it, I’m feeling it. Trying to create it, it’s still inside of me, but once I get it out, I can look at it. To me, the aspect of not knowing certain things that I feel like I was supposed to know fuels me. As a kid, just not being able to have the permission to listen to certain things fueled me to listen to things even more. You know when they say don’t touch wet paint, you wanna touch it.”
The 13-track album includes all the songs from his I and II EPs, plus four additional songs — “Floods,” “Call,” “Try Your Fire” and “Love You Too Much.” He premeired the latter track in April.
Stream Painted below.