The Indiana University East Office of Campus Life and the Student Activity Advisory Team announced the co-headliners for the fall concert during tonight’s Unveiling Party hosted by G101.3.
Daya and SoMo will perform in concert Thursday, September 29, at IU East’s Student Events and Activities Center. The doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets cost $25 for the general public. IU East students may purchase one ticket for $20 on campus only. Wolf Card must be presented. If available, the day of the concert tickets will cost $30 for general admission.
Tickets may be purchased online at iue.edu/concert or on campus at the Office of the Bursar, located in Whitewater Hall room 102. The Bursar’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
To purchase a ticket, you must be 18 years old. Minors attending the concert must be accompanied by an adult.
Rebeckah Hester, director of Campus Life, said this year’s artists were selected by students.
“We’re very excited that these two great artists will visit campus to be a part of one of the signature events to open the new Student Events and Activities Center this year,” Hester said.
Previously, IU East has featured Mike Posner and Neon Trees in concert.
Daya [pronunciation “dey-uh”] is a singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh. She drives pop music down a different path. Perhaps it’s a result of her classical piano training, the fact that her multi-ethnicity has been the catalyst for family visits across the globe, or a natural cleverness that’s as striking as her dynamic vocal range. “Ever since I was three-years-old, I wanted to play music,” she affirms. “It showed me who I am, and I get to tell my story of self-discovery in my songs.”
Daya began playing piano at the age of three. She switched from classical to jazz at 11, and later picked up guitar, ukulele, saxophone, and flute. As a teen, she found her voice studying at the Accelerando Music Conservatory. During a visit to the school, platinum songwriter and producer Gino Barletta [JoJo, Miranda Cosgrove, Jessica Mauboy] heard Daya sing and collaborated with her, inviting her to Los Angeles for a writing session in February 2015. Their week together yielded her debut single “Hide Away.”
Soon after the song was recorded, Barletta introduced Daya to Steve Zap of Z Entertainment. He immediately fell in love with her fresh, new voice and knew the song would be an undeniable hit. Hits 1 on Sirius XM was the first station to fully embrace “Hide Away” before it began to organically catch fire online, drawing acclaim from YouTuber Tyler Oakley and celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton and landing on Spotify’s Artists To Watch 2015 Playlist. It set the foundation for her self-titled EP, Daya.
It’s hard not to get crazy over Daya and her music. She brings a rich experience that belies her age. One of five sisters, she’s traveled from India and Africa to Europe and China, even volunteering to help teenagers in Central America alongside her family. No matter where in the world she is, though, music is always right there with her.
SoMo – aka Joseph Somers-Morales – will never forget being on stage as a kid. At six-years-old, he sang at a popular club on historic 6th Street in Austin, Texas. “I was way too young to be in a bar,” he laughs.
SoMo grew up in Denison, Texas. In 2009, music called to him when his mother got him a piano for Christmas. He taught himself how to play by ear and recorded a cover of Chris Brown’s “Crawl,” which soon went viral on YouTube. Prior to the release of Drake’s “Take Care” in 2011, he recorded a medley of the entire album and dropped it on the album’s release day. That medley would go on to garner over 4 million views, and it started to solidify the SoMo phenomenon.
Throughout 2012, the singer and songwriter worked on his first original music. His efforts in the studio yielded the independent debut mixtape, My Life. A powerful, palpable, and passionate collection, it merged R&B spirit with pop soul, showcasing his dynamic voice and songwriting prowess. My Life was released for free on his birthday on September 11. My Life spawned his first hit “Ride.”
Simultaneously, SoMo released a cover every single Sunday as part of his “SoMo Sunday” campaign. Speaking directly to his fans, he offered up new music each week, and the series has accrued 50 million-plus views on YouTube.
Republic Records offered him a deal in October 2013. In 2014, he released a self-titled album with the label. He now has a third album out, My Life II.
For more information, call the Office of Campus Life at (765) 973-8240 or visit iue.edu/concert.