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FRESH: ‘Keeping It In The Dark’ – Daya

Daya hits back with “Keeping It In The Dark”.

by Christopher Smith

US artist Daya has released a brand new recording “Keeping It In The Dark”, which is used on the soundtrack for the new series of the US teen drama series 13 Reasons Why. The 20 year old from Pennsylvania is currently putting the finishing touches to her second studio album which is likely to include the track and her previous single “Left Me Yet”.

Grand like Lorde and sunshine-bright like Katy Perry, singer/songwriter Daya first climbed the charts as a 16-year-old high school junior. Born Grace Martine Tandon, ‘Daya’ is the Hindi word for grace in a nod to her Indian grandfather. She was raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Lebanon and began taking piano lessons at the age of three, moving on to voice lessons at the age of ten. Songwriting came later, and in 2014 she signed with the Z-Entertainment label based on her demos.

A year later, her single “Hide Away” took off thanks to early adopters like Tyler Oakley, Perez Hilton, and other bloggers. In 2015, Daya issued her debut self-titled EP on Artbeatz. Both “Hide Away” and the follow-up single “Sit Still, Look Pretty” rose to the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100, with a number 14 debut on the Heatseekers chart. She later contributed vocals to the Chainsmokers’ 2016 summer smash “Don’t Let Me Down” (which went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording).

Her debut long player, “Sit Still, Look Pretty”, was released later that year. The album peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200 and has been Gold certified for sales of over 500,000 copies. In 2017, she appeared on the Gryffin and Illenium track “Feel Good”, later releasing her own singles “New” and “Safe.” Early 2019 saw the release of “Insomnia,” the lead single from Daya’s forthcoming sophomore album.

For more about Daya, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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