Listen now to Darja's brand new single "Darkest Blue" exclusively on Popdust and watch our special, in person interview!
MARCH 2, 2018 -- Hailing from Riga, Latvia, and being raised in Germany and the UK, the multilingual singer/songwriter Darja (pronounced Daria) is already moving the international music scene. Having lived in four different countries and speaking four languages fluently, this multi-dimensional globe trotting singer, songwriter and performer, is a true citizen of the world, who pours her soul into sounds of haunted nostalgia one moment, and the sound of wild carefree ecstasy, the next. "Darkest Blue" puts all her greatest strengths and beautiful vulnerabilities on full display:
Splitting time between her education and her music career, she appeared on TV music competitions, including Germany's Popstars in 2001 and ITV's Pop Idol, Season 2 in the UK. During Popstars Darja gained significant publicity in Germany and started working on a solo career with Producer Tony Coutura. Darja decided to put on hold a solo record deal offer by East West Records, owned by Warner Brother, to pursue a BSc in International Relations at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Sciences. While still in college, in 2003 Darja participated in ITV's Pop Idol (Season 2), where she was selected into the last 5 groups of 10 in the competition. After her performance of Shakira's "Underneath Your Clothes," Simon Cowell drew a comparison between her and Shakira: she possesses "that certain hit factor," and as a result, he states, "as a pop star package, I think it was excellent."