GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING POP SINGER-SONGWRITER SHARES FIRST SINGLE FROM EAGERLY AWAITED NEW EP.
GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum certified pop singer-songwriter Daya has shared “Love You When You’re Gone”. The heartbreaking new track is joined by an official music video streaming now on YouTube.
Produced by The Gifted (Tate McRae, Kygo), “Love You When You’re Gone” marks the first single from Daya’s eagerly anticipated new EP, due later this year. Sensual and atmospheric yet still playfully groove-intensive, the track details the fascinating duality of missing someone when they’re out of your life yet being uncertain whether you miss the actual person or merely the comfort of their presence. Seeing the person again after so much time, Daya comes to terms with the tiny details that remind her why things didn’t work out.
‘’Love You When You’re Gone’ was written in a period of time when I was experiencing overwhelming feelings of loneliness and nostalgia,” says Daya about today’s release. “I found myself romanticizing a past relationship in a way that was almost willfully forgetting the reality of why it didn’t work out in the end. I realized part of the reason I was holding on to the relationship for so long was because I was scared to face who I’d be and what my life would be like without it, and so it’s about trying to let all that go and give myself the space and freedom to grow on my own.”
At only 16, Daya emerged as an extraordinary new pop voice with her breakthrough first two singles, “Hide Away” and “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” both of which earned RIAA platinum certification while rising to the top 30 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” and earning a combined 850M worldwide streams and counting. Daya celebrated the success of her debut album, Sit Still, Look Pretty, opening for the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen and MARINA, and sold-out dates on her own headlining national tour. The following year saw the Pittsburgh, PA-native star ascend even higher with The Chainsmokers’ 9x platinum-certified blockbuster, “Don’t Let Me Down (Ft. Daya),” a top 3 smash in the US and top 10 favorite around the world boasting over 1.8B YouTube views, as well as a GRAMMY® Award winner for “Best Dance Recording.”
An array of diverse releases followed, including solo tracks like “Insomnia” (now with over 200M streams) and collaborations with such artists as Illenium and RL Grime. Finding her voice in the LGBTQ+ community, Daya performed at such major Pride events as the inaugural US World Pride Opening Ceremony while also teaming with such organizations as GLAAD and The Trevor Project. Her truest personal and artistic statement thus far came with last year’s EP, The Difference, which featured, in her words, “fleeting moments of regret, desire, loneliness and sadness while spending more time with myself than I ever have before at home during quarantine.”
Now, with her upcoming new EP, Daya takes a landmark step on her musical journey, building upon powerful early-twenties emotional experiences to explore new themes and sonic vibes while collaborating with such top writers and producers as Andrew Goldstein (Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears) and Oscar Scheller (Lady Gaga, Pink Pantheress, Ashnikko). 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. “The songs on the new EP deal with that gray area in between dreams and reality,” Daya says, “contrasting the romantic notions of what my relationship was versus the stark reality of what actually happened. As with the previous project, I am dealing with the loneliness and missing puzzle pieces of life, using music as a vehicle to find my own voice and identity while working through these tough emotional issues. “Though there were many creative upsides to all of those early successes, having all that happen at a young age meant that I was missing out on other important aspects of becoming a young adult and developing as an artist. I had this real fear that I was out of touch with how real relationships work and felt like I needed to become more grounded. Taking a step back allowed me to spend more time with family and friends and go through the ups and downs of normal relationships. All of these current tunes come from real life.”