“…the whimsical folk pixie Daena Jay…layers melancholy poetry over a mournfully plucked six-string. The Emmy-nominated songstress (and former Oxford Belle) released her debut EP When the Bough Breaks in May 2012—the success of which is still driving her career onwards and upwards, as music critics and fans alike believe she can do no wrong.” -Erin Dewitt, OC Weekly
Daena Jay, once an arcane writer, launched onto the Los Angeles singer-songwriter scene in 2010 after a chance encounter with producer/songwriter Bobby Hartry. That meeting eventually led to a collaboration resulting in their Emmy-nominated song ‘Home Again’ and multiple network television placements for their songs.
Daena’s latest project, Songs For Kissing, is a collection of chill moody love songs – a human soundtrack capturing flirty transgressions, intimate moments and the angst in longing. This 6-song EP features the newly released singles ‘The Gray’ and “This Is How We Love’ that have been placed on CBS’s Young & The Restless.
Daena’s debut project, a 5-song EP titled ‘When The Bough Breaks’, is richly layered – painting melancholic pictures in tension with playful overtones and melodies featuring ironic tales of hope and fateful reality, set to an epic and haunting soundtrack.
Daena charged forward with her 2014 release – SUBDIVISION which has a more aggressive and bold sound with a beat-based musicality and rhythmic vocal melodies. Lyrically, SUBDIVSION contains fewer introspective and melancholy moments while capturing more visceral and primal expressions. Daena seems to throw herself headlong into love, the sensual, the unknown. In the chorus of “I’m No Good” Daena demands, “I wanna feel your heart beat for me”. Gone are the misgivings of ‘When The Bough Breaks’, which are replaced with ‘SUBDIVISION’s new found courage.
Originally from South Africa, this young writer with an old soul, has been shaped by many home-cities around the world that captured her spirit and imagination, including London, Durban, Cape Town, Perth, and LA. Stories of life and love and loss have made their way to Daena who writes as a true outlet of creative expression.