Scots singer who opened for Take That 'dreams' of headlining own Glasgow show as he announces album

Daniel Rooney hopes pub gigs will soon be a thing of the past -Credit:Supplied

A Scottish singer is preparing to launch his debut single this Friday, after he shot to fame across the globe when he was picked up from a hotel bar to open Take That's Glasgow show.

Daniel Rooney got the opportunity of a lifetime a few weeks ago when Ross King approached him as he was performing a local gig. It came as Olly Murs was forced to pull out, leaving them scrambling for a replacement act.

The 26-year-old singer was belting out a set at the Raddison Red, opposite the venue, and in the space of less than an hour found himself opening the show for Take That. Daniel, who couldn't be more thrilled for his new single, said he thought the opportunity was a 'joke'.

As he looks ahead towards his future career in music, the young Scottish star is delighted to share with fans his new debut single Old Ways on Friday. He hopes bar gigs will be a thing of the past soon, given his incredible talent being recognised on the big stage.

Daniel admitted it’s been tough to get his head round the whirlwind of the last few weeks. He said: “The last few weeks have been the craziest of my life. Obviously going from the gig at Take That has just been madness ever since.

Daniel performing at the Hydro -Credit:Heléna Morrow

"We’ve been down to London, we’ve done interviews and chat shows in Glasgow and around Scotland and we are recording music at the same time. It’s wild, having to think of things I never considered before and so much going on – but it’s really exciting and it feels great that people are enthusiastic about what we are doing and everyone seems to want to help.”

Looking forward to what's to come, he continued: “We’re trying to move forward from being the guy who was just supporting Take That. I want people to hear my music and know that I’m not just a pub singer." His single is described as 'a hugely anthemic radio-friendly banger with nods to Mark Ronson, Paolo Nutini and many more'.

Admitting he was unable to sleep for the first few nights since his overnight fame, Daniel explained the popularity has been difficult. He said: “The attention is the bit I’m not used to. I come from a small family and I’m an only child so I’m definitely not used to all the attention I was getting.

"I think for the first three nights I couldn’t really sleep after it all kicked off. I couldn’t eat either. I was running off adrenaline. Now we’re back to normal I’m back to sleeping and eating but it was a crazy thing to adapt to. It was really great and fun. Now I want to get back into it again and back playing those big shows. We have a taste for it now, let’s hope more comes from it."

But he now hopes to headline a Glasgow show which he says would be an 'iconic' moment for the singer. He continued: "The plan after this is to record more tunes. I think we will do maybe another single then possibly an ep after that. An ep or an album, that would be the dream.

"And of course to have a headline Glasgow show maybe like a King Tuts – properly iconic. It’s always been a dream to play my own headline show. I’ve never really done it before. I’ve played support slots and things like that.

"To play a headline show with all original music and the boys in the band that would be a great opportunity. Especially if we could land Tut’s. One day the Hydro, but Tut’s is the goal for me at the minute. And if we get another Take That show or other supports as a band doing our tunes, that would be epic.

"For now you’ll still find me at the bar shows, I guess I’ll always do stuff with Radisson RED as I’m close with Chris, John and the guys – but hopefully covers shows will be a thing of the past soon.”

Giving his personal thanks to Ross King, he added: "And I have to say thank you to Ross King – if he hadn’t taken a chance, and then Gary Barlow listening to him, none of this would have happened. Ross has been amazing, he’s really gone out of his way to help a stranger just because he liked what I was doing.”

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