Daya pours her heart out in front of beautiful backdrops in her video for "Safe". Her performance reminds us of how dangerous this world can really be.
Platinum recording artist, 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.
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.
Hide Away went PLATINUM in January 2016, just one month after being certified GOLD. With over 50 million streams on Spotify, a Top 10 iTunes Pop sales chart placement and #7 on Shazams Top 100, Hide Away reached a new BillBoard Hot 100 high at #24 earlier this year. Daya made her national television debut on The Today Show as Elvis Durans Artist to Watch in August 2015 and Billboard called the song one of pops hidden treasures.
Spotify has recently named Daya the winner of their latest cycle of their Emerge program. This honor comes as Dayas single rises to #19 on Spotifys US Top 50 chart, the highest position for any independent artist on the chart.