Seventeen-year-old powerhouse Daya is behind girl power anthems “Sit Still, Look Pretty” and “Hide Away,” as well as the haunting vocals on Chainsmoker’s “Don’t Let Me Down.” The Pittsburgh native is already platinum and gold-certified and has a forthcoming full-length studio album (named for her single “Sit Still, Look Pretty”) due out Oct. 7 from Artbeatz. Weaving between contagious clean-cut pop and grooving synth-soundscapes with the lyrical wide-eyed, self-awareness of pre-Calvin, post-Harry Taylor Swift, the artist born Grace Martine Tandon just might be the voice Gen-Z is searching for.
Fans who pre-order the album are getting access to the song “Cool” — can you tell me a little about the song?
It’s one I’ve been performing live a lot recently, so some people might be already familiar with it. It’s a great lead-off to the album release because it’s a feel-good song, and I think it really showcases my voice and production. It’s about being in that kind of relationship where you feel so good in the moment, and you don’t want it to ever end.
It’s also a love song, which could be the first some fans are hearing from you.
I think it’s my first song that’s accepting of love. “Hide Away” and “Sit Still, Look Pretty” were both pushing [love] away, but it shows I went through so many phases during the time I was writing these songs.