Daya [pronunciation "dey-uh"], drives pop music down a different path as an independent artist scaling the pop charts. While her arrival on the music scene has been sudden to many, this 17-year-old singer/songwriter and Pittsburgh native has always know...
Daya [pronunciation "dey-uh"], drives pop music down a different path as an independent artist scaling the pop charts. While her arrival on the music scene has been sudden to many, this 17-year-old singer/songwriter and Pittsburgh native has always known what she wanted to do.
" Ever since I was three-years-old, I wanted to immerse myself in music. It showed me who I am, and I get to tell my story of self-discovery in my songs."
She started with the piano, switching from classical to jazz at age 11, picked up the guitar and ukulele, and then found her voice along the way. Her professional career began when she was invited to LA for a writing session with platinum songwriter and producer Gino Barlett in January 2015. One of the songs created in this initial songwriting session was 'Hide Away', her chart climbing single. Daya proceeded to record and release her self-titled EP in September 2015.
" [My music] is pop music, but there's always a message. We added in elements of everything that inspires me—from R&B to Indie music. We really wanted to tell an honest story."
Grace Martine Tandon (born October 24, 1998), professionally known as Daya (pronounced /ˈdeɪ.ə/), is an American singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is signed to Artbeatz, Z Entertainment, and RED Distribution, and released her self-titled debut extended play (EP), Daya, on September 4, 2015, which includes the song "Hide Away", which has peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. She released her debut studio album Sit Still, Look Pretty on October 7.
Daya was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her grandfather is Indian, and her stage name Daya (Hindustani pronunciation: [d̪əjɑː]) is the Hindi word for "compassion" or "mercy". She attended Mt. Lebanon High School, where she graduated in June 2016. At the age of 3, Tandon began to learn the piano, eventually converting to jazz piano at the age of eleven. By this time, she had also learned to play the guitar, ukulele, saxophone, and flute.
At eleven, Daya enrolled as a student at the Accelerando Music Conservatory, owned by Christina Chirumbolo, Pittsburgh. There, she met songwriter and producer Gino Barletta, a colleague of Chirumbolo who visited the school as a lecturer. Chirumbolo and Barletta founded INSIDE ACCESS, a music camp, the two worked with Daya eventually inviting her to Los Angeles in February 2015 to work on her original material.
Tandon's professional career began when her parents accompanied her to Los Angeles to work with Christina Chirumbolo and Gino Barletta, founders of INSIDE ACCESS by Accelerando, Brett McLaughlin, Britten Newbill and Noisecastle III at Paramount Recording Studios. It was during one of these writing sessions that her debut single "Hide Away" was written and recorded, and Barletta consequently introduced Daya to Steve Zap of Z Entertainment. Daya, who was a junior at the time, said she didn't think anything would happen for a while, and went back to high school the next day. A radio promotions veteran, Zap liked the song and was interested in helping to promote the singer, leading to forming an independent label with Barletta called Artbeatz.
Daya released her song "Hide Away" on April 22, 2015. The song was well-received online, enjoyed support from a number of notable bloggers including Tyler Oakley and Perez Hilton, the latter commenting "There is something very special about Daya's voice". Jason Lipshutz of Billboard also featured the single on their official website, labelling it "a gorgeous debut".
Daya made her television debut performing "Hide Away" on Today on August 21, 2015.
Following a successful debut, Daya released her self-titled EP, Daya, which features six songs, including "Hide Away", on September 4, 2015. The EP was premiered in full a day early by Billboard, and debuted at number 161 on the Billboard 200, propelling "Hide Away" to number 40 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.
On October 30, 2015, Daya released the physical version of her debut EP through Target.
In 2016, Daya was the opening act for American pop-rap duo Jack & Jack's US tour.
In February 2016, she featured on The Chainsmokers' song "Don't Let Me Down", which eventually peaked at number 3 on the Hot 100, becoming her second top 40 hit and her first top 10. She also released the second single from her self-titled EP, "Sit Still, Look Pretty", which debuted at number 100 and peaked at number 28, her third top 40.
Daya and her family were invited to the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll, where she met the President, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.