What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
The genre for which I’m most know is house music but I sing/ perform / record just about every common genre that there is.
Give us a little bio about you.
Well, as you’ve probably guessed, I first started singing in church. Then I went on to do musical theatre… Broadway, off Broadway, Euro theatre, etc.
It was in Germany where my first, second, and third house music singles were released. They each championed the charts and are now all worldwide classics.
I’m named one of Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists, and have had numerous UK/Euro, Aria, and Billboard top 10’s. (“HORNY”, “HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH”, “NASTY GIRL”, “KEEP PUSHIN”, “I AM THA 1”, “STAND BY ME”, “GLAMOROUS LIFE”, “MOVIN UP” and many many more…) all recorded by me!
Just before the end of its run, I was the only artist in history to perform twice in one week on the famed UK Top 40 TV show, TOP OF THE POPS.
In addition to house music, I write, record, and perform gospel, musical theatre, jazz, commercial jingles, hip-hop, funk, and R&B.
I am also a label owner, music publisher, songwriter, and have forayed into film when I acted and sang in a movie called, “WHO SHOT PAT?” starring SANDRA BULLOCK.
What made you go in to music?
My junior high school / middle school teacher, Ms. Roberts heard me sing one day then entered me into every show and pushed me into every opportunity that she could find. She sent me to an audition for a musical when I was about 12 years old and I caught the stage bug and never left it.
Are you a signed?
No. I’m not signed to any particular company at the moment. Besides recording for my own label, I’m like a “label gypsy”. There were periods in my career when I was signed to STRICTLY RHYTHM, NERVOUS, and TOMMY BOY records respectively.
Tell us more about your track ‘Special Love’
My current single, SPECIAL LOVE, is produced by Guy Scheiman; a very good producer from Israel. The remix package will be released very soon and is on pre-order. It’s a song about an all-encompassing love… like that of a good mother to a child, a soulmate to a soulmate, or God to the world.
Who did you work with on the single?
I worked only with Guy Scheiman on this single.
Describe the track in three words.
Meaningful, uplifting, pumping!
Will we be seeing any more new music soon?
Yes indeed. VERY soon. Upcoming singles are with Tony Moran, Terry Hunter, Chris Cox, and more super-friends in the industry.
MWill you be doing a tour or any live dates?
If so where will you be heading and where can more information be found.
I’m rockin’ in the USA right now and we’re standing by for more dates for the Australian tour while hoping to get some things poppin’ over in the UK before winter comes.
More info about my tour dates can be found on my Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/INAYADAYOFFICIALPAGE/app/123966167614127
How would you describe the difference in your music from then to now?
Then, I had more freedom creating background vocal experiences. Now, the songs are more bare, raw, and sparse.
What else can we expect from you?
You can expect an album of cover songs by an artist whom I really revere, who’s an icon, and not of the house music genre. You can also expect to see more concentration on INAYA DAY releases from my own label.
Do you play any instruments?
I “pick at” a couple of instruments enough to play some songs and lay down some tracks, but I’m not a fluent player of any instrument.
Who are your influences?
My influences are Ella Fitzgerald, The Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, and Jocelyn Brown.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I use things that I see, hear, think or feel as my song writing inspiration.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I see myself as a flourishing label-owner with some platinum-selling songs under my belt, I’m writing commercial jingles, and performing for more festivals than ever before.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love to play video games, binge watch TV series’, and go to the movies.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I’ve been given is to always have signed agreements with everything spelled out on paper and to be sure to personally account for every dime that I earn and spend.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Don’t stay locked in your comfort zone. You have to make moves to grow.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” – Holy Bible
Where in your hometown is the best place to visit?
My home town is New York City so it is the best place to visit. 🙂
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The 5 things that I cannot forget on a gig are prayer, my microphone cover, a black towel, room temperature water, and to sing from the inside out.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
• Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/INAYADAYOFFICIALPAGE/
• Twitter – https://twitter.com/inayaday?lang=en
• Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/inayaday/