Daya: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Daya: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Daya. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Daya. Enjoy the journey!

Full Name: Grace Martine Tandon

Born: October 24, 1998

Origin: Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Genres: Pop – Synthpop – Electronic

Zodiac: Scorpio

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Early Start

  • Daya began learning the piano at age three and jazz piano at age eleven. At this time, she also played guitar, ukulele, saxophone, and flute.
  • Interlochen Arts Camp was also where Daya spent the summer studying songwriting.
  • As a student at the Accelerando Music Conservatory, Daya met songwriter and producer Gino Barletta at eleven.



Career Journey

  • 2015: (April) Daya released her song “Hide Away” . (August) Daya made her debut in TV as she performed “Hide Away” on Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda. (September) Daya launched Daya, her self-titled EP, which housed six songs, including “Hide Away”. Daya released the physical version of her debut EP through Target in October 2015.
  • 2016: She opened for Jack & Jack’s US tour. He performance was featured on The Chainsmokers’ song “Don’t Let Me Down”, which soared to the 3rd highest sport on Hot 100. In November of this year, she released her song “Words” as her third single from her debut album Sit Still, Look Pretty.
  • 2016: it was announced that “Don’t Let Me Down” had been nominated for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards
  • 2017. She worked with Gryffin on “Feel Good” along with Illenium and she released a new single, titled “New”, through Interscope Records in October of this year.
  • 2018: Daya released her single called “Safe” in June of this year and the video in July. RL Grime’s song “I Wanna Know” which was released in March 2018 housed Daya’s performance.
  • 2019: “Insomnia” and “Left Me Yet” originally meant for her second studio album, “Forward Motion” for the movie Late Night, “Keeping It in the Dark” from the soundtrack of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, and “Wanted” with Swedish music production duo NOTD were among Daya’s five singles releases.
  • 2020: “First Time” was released as the lead single from her upcoming second studio album.



Awards & Recognition

  • Radio Disney Music Awards – 2 nominations
  • MTV Video Music Awards nomination
  • Latin American Music Awards nomination
  • American Music Awards nomination
  • won Grammy Awards
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards – 4 nominations
  • Kids’ Choice Awards nomination
  • WDM Radio Awards – 1 nomination and 1 award
  • Radio Disney Music Awards – 3 nominations
  • Billboard Music Awards –  5 nominations
  • Spotify Awards nomination



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • “Daya” is the Hindi translation of Grace which is her real first name.
  • She can play five instruments: piano, guitar, ukulele, flute, saxophone.
  • She’s a cross country and distance track runner when she was in high school for her team Blue Devils.
  • Back To Black by Amy Winehouse was the first album she bought.



Artist’s Favorites

Emoji:  Three little stars
Reality Show:  Food Network
Actor:  Liam Hemsworth
Dream Vacation:  Thailand
Go-to comfort food: Mashed potatoes
Go-to karaoke song:  “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Daya:

Sit Still, Look Pretty

Length: 3:22

Release: 2016

Opening Lyrics:

Could dress up, to get love
But guess what?
I’m never gonna be that girl
Who’s living in a Barbie world
Could wake up, and make up, and play dumb
Pretending that I need a boy
Who’s gonna treat me like a toy
I know the other girls wanna wear expensive things, like diamond rings
But I don’t wanna be the puppet that you’re playing on a string
This queen don’t need a king

More Songs to Listen to:

Daya: Top 5 Songs



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