American Singer-Songwriter Daya, 18, is quickly on the rise since the release of her self-titled album in 2015 and the release of her first debut album, “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” in 2016. That same year, the Obama Administration invited her to the White House to perform at the annual Easter Egg Roll. Daya was just awarded the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the song “Don’t Let Me Down” recorded with the Chainsmokers.
On a stop in Washington, D.C. as part of her current North American tour, Daya declared her support for HRC in our fight for LGBTQ equality. At a young age, Daya has used her platform to speak out about issues facing our society, including performing at LA Pride in June, 2016 and also attended the Women’s March in Los Angeles in January 2017.
One of Daya’s most popular singles “Sit Still, Look Pretty”, is meant to send a message about female empowerment.
“I grew up with four sisters—four very talented and intelligent sisters—and two parents that were very supportive of whatever we wanted to do. So I took that message, and wanted to tell it to my younger audience, especially girls who feel like they’re put into a box or a mold by society saying you have to look or act a certain way to please people,” Daya told TIME. “But really, girls can do anything that guys can.”
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