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Meet Daya: Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter

Posted on October 19, 2017

Grace Martine Tandon – better known as Daya.

Born in Pittsburgh, and raised in Pennsylvania. Daya is an 18-year old American singer, songwriter who got her start in music at a young age. With Indian roots, her stage name Daya is the Sanskrit word for “compassion” or “kindness”. 

At the age of 3, Daya started her musical journey on the piano. By the age of eleven she knew how to play several instruments – including guitar, ukulele, saxophone, and flute. 


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In 2015, Daya flew out to Los Angeles to work with a songwriter and producer named Gino Barletta. This allowed her the chance to work on original material.

During one of the sessions, “Hide Away” was written. That track became her debut single, which was released on April 22, 2015. 

Following the success of “Hide Away”, Daya then released her very own EP on September 4, 2015. The EP was self-titled Dayawhich debuted at number 161 on the Billboard 200. Very impressive for a debut EP.

Following her EP release, 2016 was looking to be a HUGE year for Daya. Let’s delve in to everything that she accomplished within the year:

The opening act on Jack & Jack’s US tour.

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Featured on “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers.

Invited to perform at the White House.

Released a new single called, “Sit Still, Look Pretty”

2016 was an incredible year for Daya, but February of 2017 really takes the cake for accomplishments. February 12, 2017 marks the day that, “Don’t Let Me Down” won the Grammy for Best Dance Recording making it her first Grammy Award win!

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Alongside the Grammy win and a very successful year, Daya has released even more new music! On October 17, 2017, she put out a new single, titled “New“. 

In addition, she released a music video with the brand new single. Take a look!

Daya – New

Keep those songs coming, girl! We can’t wait to hear what will be released next! 🙂