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Fresh phenom Daya returns to her residency at Intrigue

She’s not about to sit still and look pretty.
Nathan Johnson

At just 17 years of age, Grace Tandon already knows what it’s like to be inside a Vegas club—kind of. Better known as the singer Daya, she hasn’t really had the full nightclub experience yet. She’s been the one who creates it.

“It’s actually pretty funny, because legally I don’t think I’m allowed to be in the club,” says Daya, who returns to her Intrigue residency at Wynn this weekend. “I perform my three-song set, and then I’m out 15 minutes after.”

Still, it’s not a feat many 17-year-olds can boast—nor is landing a smash hit with The Chainsmokers. That electronic summer earworm, “Don’t Let Me Down,” reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and her own single, “Hide Away,” checked in at No. 23. Her debut album, Sit Still, Look Pretty, drops on October 7, just six days after her Intrigue performance.

“We’ve been working on [the album] for about a year now,” Daya says. “I’ve been doing a ton of shows, so I [didn’t have] much time to be in the studio. We really buckled down. I’m really happy with all the songs on the album.”

While she won’t be able to have the full Vegas experience for a few more years, she’s putting in the work of someone 10 years her senior. “I went from a junior in high school to flying out to a different city every day,” she says. “I don’t think people understand the grind until [they’re] in it. The flights take a toll on you and your health and it exhausts you, but the results have been so amazing. I’ve been so happy, I really wouldn’t change any of that.” Daya at Intrigue at Wynn, October 1.

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