Following the release of eclectic and impressive debut singles "ASOS," "Right Time," and "Papercut," rising left-of-center pop singer and songwriter Dava returns with a fresh and bold new single "New Ceilings".
The moody anti-pop record co-written by Dava and Mike Adubato (Del Water Gap, Grace VanderWaal) who also produced the track, which is the latest off the Los Angeles-based musician's forthcoming debut EP, Sticky, due out later this year.
On the inspiration behind her new single, Dava shares, "This song was written about survival and staying true to yourself. I was having a hard time financially after moving to LA and my phone was shut off while on my way to this session. I was upset with myself for prioritizing music when I really needed the money from driving Uber to stay afloat."
She continues, "The day I wrote 'New Ceilings' I was angry and I wanted a song that felt empowering and validated all the work I had put in up to that point. I ended up choosing different songs for my project but when I revisited this one year later, I felt it needed to be heard because of how authentically it embodies my struggle."
Dava has quickly carved a sonic space that she can already call her own: a cozy cushion of warm R&B, palpable pop and flourishes of emo with cherry-sweet vocals and an honest, emotional core in the lane of contemporaries BENEE, Tate McRae, and Bea Miller. With her debut EP Sticky due out later this year, Dava lays it all bare, exploring her breadth as an artist and introducing herself as a need-to-know force who's sharing her story with sharp melodies and insight to match.
Dava grew up between Oklahoma and Texas, spending much of her life being raised by her grandmother after her mother passed away when she was eight years old. Music became an escape, as she taught herself to write songs on a guitar her mother gifted her. At 18, Dava moved to Colorado, finding her voice as a singer-songwriter through coffee shop open mics.