After emerging in 2016 with her break-out smash hit 'Roam', Theia returned to the spotlight in early 2018 with 'Bye Bye'. The track raised the bar and firmed up the singer-songwriter's reputation as one of New Zealand's most exciting new acts.
Oozing sass and serving as an anthem for the underdog, Theia wrote ‘Bye Bye’ with the legendary Mike Elizondo (renowned for his collaborations with Eminem and Dr Dre), Australian hip-hop pioneer L-FRESH The Lion and Kiwi singer-songwriter Vince Harder. The track was produced by LA-based Tony Buchen, who was nominated as ‘producer of the year’ at the 2016 ARIAs.
Theia first started turning heads, gaining the attention of tastemaker blogs such as HillyDilly and Pigeons and Planes, with her first song 'Silver Second'.
Her distinctive vocals and exquisite harmonies paired with dreamy, ethereal glitter-pop and sultry R’n’B, made a mark and left audiences around the world wanting more. She didn't fail to deliver - following up with 'Roam', which went on to become one of the biggest songs released by a Kiwi artist in 2016.
'Roam' entered Spotify’s viral Global chart, as well as viral charts in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. It has since been streamed more than 12.5 million times.
The song also dominated the airwaves in New Zealand, reaching radio’s coveted ‘Top 5’ in the Airplay Charts and holding #1 spot as the most played Kiwi song for seven consecutive weeks. It also received widespread airplay on Top 40 radio in South East Asia.
In June 2017 Theia released her debut EP, which included the singles ‘Champagne Supernova’ and ‘Treat You’. Both songs were played on Top 40 radio in New Zealand, with ‘Treat You’ also receiving Top 40 airplay in Asia.
The EP debuted at #15 in New Zealand’s Official Top 40, and at #3 in the NZ Album Chart. It also charted in the NZ iTunes Top 10. Internationally, it peaked at #7 in the Malaysian iTunes chart, #3 in the Malaysian pop chart. In Indonesia it peaked at #53 in the iTunes chart and #28 in the pop chart. It also entered the iTunes Top 100 in Japan, France and Spain.
It saw Theia announced as a finalist at the 2017 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards – nominated for ‘Single Of The Year’ (‘Roam’), ‘Pop Artist Of The Year’ and ‘People’s Choice’. She was also one of five acts to perform at the awards – televised and streamed live to hundreds of thousands across New Zealand.
The Christchurch-born singer was also nominated as ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the 2017 George FM Awards.
Theia travelled far and wide throughout 2017, opening for Broods on their summer NZ tour, supporting The Kite String Tangle on an Australian tour and playing shows in the US and Asia. In December 2017, she opened for Sia at Mt Smart Stadium alongside MO and Charli XCX.
Over summer 2017/18 Theia performed at some of New Zealand’s biggest summer festivals, including R&V and Bay Dreams.
'Bye Bye' debuted on March 23, 2018, on nine New Music Friday playlists around the world and featured on Apple Music's 'Best of the Week'. The first of more songs set to be released throughout 2018, the song reveals a bigger, bolder sound from Theia, while showcasing her growth as a songwriter, and sets the scene for an exciting year ahead.
Footnote - Introducing Theia:
In Greek mythology Theia is a Titaness. She is the mother of the sun, the moon and the dawn.
Theia is a hypothesized ancient planet, which some scientists believe collided with the earth. The force of the collision was so powerful Theia was obliterated into pieces creating the moon.
Theia is the stage name for the talented Christchurch artist Em-Haley Walker.