Sure, we see Sam Claflin and Riley Keough behind the mic, but who sings in Daisy Jones & The Six, really? It's the question on everyone's mind while watching the groovy new Prime Video series, which premiered on Friday, March 3.
Taylor Jenkins Reid's bestselling novel has at long last received the TV treatment, and readers everywhere are tuning in for the Daisy Jones & The Six series. The Prime Video newcomer was undeniably inspired by real-life 1970s bands like Fleetwood Mac, an influence you can feel in those dramatic romantic storylines, the boho Daisy Jones & The Six outfits and, of course, the music.
But who is actually rocking out on stage? Here's what we know.
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Who sings in 'Daisy Jones & The Six'?
Yes, leading lady Riley Keough is actually singing in Daisy Jones & The Six, which seems mighty fitting for the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, the daughter of Lisa Marie and the one-time stepdaughter of Michael Jackson.
However, the transformation from actor to Stevie Nicks-esque singer wasn't so easy for Keough, despite her musical heritage. It took many practices and stints with vocal coaches for her to get up to speed, but needless to say, she did Daisy proud.
And yes, Keough's fellow actors, including Sam Claflin, who plays her love interest, Billy Dunne, also went through literal band camp. Originally, Daisy Jones & The Six production was expected to begin in April 2020, but the world had shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of fleeing the project, the actors all took this pause from everyday life as a chance to hone their new craft.
"Everyone had such a different experience playing music, and I think that they were good…ish. But then we didn’t film in April 2020. We didn’t film until September of 2021. By then, they were outstanding," the show's co-creator Scott Neustadter told Deadline.
Likewise, Reid noted that there was "no magic," and the success of the music we hear in the series is all thanks to the actors who brought the band to life. "I’m standing in the audience area, and they come through the door and somebody says, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Daisy Jones and The Six.’ They walk past me, and they’re in costume and they were in character and they’ve got their instruments and I just went ‘Oh my god, they’re real," Reid told Variety.
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But originally, the team adapting the hit novel for the small screen had their reservations about letting the actors take full control musically, something Sam Claflin objected to.
"I remember having that conversation. Like, 'We’ll get someone else and maybe have a stunt vocalist,’ is what they said,” Claflin told Variety. “I was like, what does that mean? That was the kick in the ass I needed." Keough echoed the sentiment, saying: "I was like, f*** that!"
According to Variety, music producers Blake Mills and Tony Berg created the band's album, Aurora, and the additional songs we hear throughout the series. Marcus Mumford and Phoebe Bridgers were but two songwriters who lent their real-life talents to creating lyrics for Aurora, and instrumentalists from David Bowie, Elton John and Jeff Beck records, to name a few, also helped create the album.
If you want to give it a listen, the official Daisy Jones & The Six discography playlist is now available on Spotify.
So yes, while watching Daisy Jones, you'll likely find a new band to fall in love with—though they're not technically a band outside of the story. You'll probably be convinced otherwise, though!
Daisy Jones & the Six premiered on Friday, March 3, on Prime Video. Episodes will drop weekly on Fridays until March 24.
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