Today twenty-two-year-old musician, songwriter, LGBTQIA+ rights advocate and GRAMMY award-winner Daya releases her stunning new EP The Difference. The 6 track EP includes her hit song “Bad Girl” and new single “Montana”.
“The Difference EP is a collection of small-time capsules of the past year – fleeting moments of regret, desire, loneliness, and sadness while spending more time with myself than I ever have before at home during quarantine,” says Daya. “Since it’s my first body of work released since my debut album 5 years ago, I wanted to make sure it captured the versatility in how my sound has evolved and how I’ve grown as a person and writer with it.
Songs like ‘Tokyo Drifting,’ ‘First Time,’ and ‘The Difference’ talk about nuances in my relationship and, in ‘Tokyo’s case, the various extremities of my mental state while left to my own devices, while ‘Montana’ and ‘Bad Girl’ are more straightforward love songs. Each one feels like an unpolished part of me, digging at the rawest bits of my core, and it’s by far the most vulnerable body of work I’ve released. It feels freeing to finally have it out into the world, I’m so proud and excited to see how it connects.”
Daya recently performed an intimate performance for Rolling Stone via their Twitch channel.
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Daya – a.k.a. the moniker of Grace Tandon, in a nod to her Indian heritage as Daya is the Hindi translation of her first name – releases The Difference via AWAL/Sandlot & Kasher Records just in time for June Pride Month. The EP features her chart-topping single “Bad Girl,” which is the first song where Daya has addressed her queerness directly in her lyrics. “I want to do whatever I can to normalize queer relationships and queer stories, and help lesser-known queer artists get more visibility in the mainstream,” says Daya, who has performed at countless Pride events, and works with GLAAD and the Trevor Project. “When I came out I was lucky enough to have really supportive family and friends around me, and now I want to help move the needle for anyone who maybe doesn’t have it as easy as I did.”
When Daya emerged at the age of 16 with her double-platinum debut single “Hide Away,” the Pennsylvania-bred multi-instrumentalist has achieved such triumphs as winning a Grammy Award,” earning gold certification for her debut album Sit Still, Look Pretty, opening for the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen and MARINA, and selling out dates on her own headlining national tour. After taking time out to recharge and rediscover herself as an artist, Daya now returns with the latest and boldest chapter in an already phenomenal career that lets listeners in on her inner life more fully than ever before.
In recent years, Daya has turned heads with singles like “Insomnia” (a 2019 release that’s amassed more than 200 million streams on Spotify) and landed placements in film and television with her songs “Forward Motion” (featured in Amazon Studios’ Late Night) and “Keeping It in the Dark” (a cut from 13 Reasons Why’s season 3 soundtrack).
Daya also lent her soulful vocals to songs from Gryffin, Illenium, RL Grime, NOTD, and Shallou, in addition to winning the Best Dance Recording prize at the 2017 Grammys for her performance on the worldwide chart-topping smash “Don’t Let Me Down.”
With over 2 billion streams across her catalogue and the rising success of “Bad Girl,” Daya proves she is an unstoppable artist to watch. Stay tuned for more from her soon.
The Difference Tracklist
1. First Time
2. Bad Girl
3. Tokyo Drifting
4. The Difference
6. Bad Girl (JVKE Remix)