Daya is the 18-year-old music sensation that’s taking over the charts and hearts of everyone! HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY sat down with the jazz-inspired artist to talk all things music secrets! She dished on her upcoming 2017 tour and got candid about The Chainsmokers! You’ll never believe who her dream collaboration is… Hopefully HE’S reading this!
Daya, 18, a Pittsburgh, PA, native, is the latest young talent to break out into music stardom. However, she isn’t like everyone else, and HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY found out the truth behind Daya’s unique sound. Daya told us she was inspired by a mix of jazz and Amy Winehouse, that’s now infused with electro-pop tones. In fact, her sound was so captivating that The Chainsmokers reached out to her when she was just 17-years-old, taking online classes as a senior in high school. Um, we don’t know about you, but that doesn’t exactly happen to most people.
“They’re really genuine people,” Daya told us of her “Don’t Let Me Down” collaborators, The Chainsmokers. The addicting dance song peaked at the top 5 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. “It was just an organic start because they just reached out and heard my song ‘Hideaway’ and they liked my voice. I was a fan of their music and it was just the perfect match,” she said at Family Reach Foundation’s Cooking Live from New York fundraiser. And, speaking of her duet with the guys, Daya and The Chainsmokers are nominated for Collaboration Of The Year at the American Music Awards, Sunday, Nov. 20! This marks Daya’s first-ever AMA nom and we’re SO excited for her!
As for her first headlining tour in February 2017 — “I announced my tour, which will be so exciting for me to design the whole show and to play a lot of the songs from my new album [Sit Still, Look Pretty] for the first time live.” OMG! Obviously, we had to ask who the lucky guest is that she will bring along to open for her, and it’s still a secret! Daya will be inviting a lucky artist or group but, “I’m not sure who yet,” she said. “I’m still trying to figure it out.” However, by the giddy smirk on her stunning face, it looked like she may have a few ideas. The singer was the opening act for the adorable singing/rap duo Jack & Jack in 2015, so maybe she will reverse the rolls for her 2017 tour? Well, who knows, but she did admit they are still in contact and “cross paths” from time to time.
We know you’re all wondering exactly what’s going on with that dream collaboration we teased earlier. Well, we asked Daya what her goals are for her next album and who we can expect to see on the record. “A dream collaboration would be Chance The Rapper, ,” she dished. In case you’re wondering why, she said, “I love his stuff, I love his lyrics and everything. So, that’s definitely a goal of mine in the future.” WOW! Don’t be shocked if you see the singer and rapper push out an epic track in the future! You could have heard it here first!
Daya’s hit collaboration with EDM duo, The Chainsmokers may have put her on the map, but it’s her album, Sit Still, Look Pretty and her upcoming 2017 tour that will send her straight to the top. The success of her debut album has been insane and fans are going crazy over her catchy hits like “Dare”, “Thirsty”, and of course, everyone’s favorite, “Hideaway”. Daya told us that right now, she’s in the “electro-pop” lane and she’s loving it there. However, that won’t steer her away from her first love, jazz. She even teased, “Hopefully soon I’ll do a jazz album down the road or something.” That would be amazing!
You can catch Daya at the AMAs, Nov. 20 and the HALO awards where she’s set to perform, Nov. 27! AND, you can get all of the scoop from the both awards shows right here at HollywoodLife.com! Don’t forget to check us out in the video above, EXCLUSIVELY at the HALO awards where we had some fun on the orange carpet doing the mannequin challenge with Daya herself and many more celebs!
SO, HollywoodLifers, are you going to go see Daya on her 2017 tour? We know we are! Tell us below!