Theia is one of New Zealand pop music’s most progressive and idiosyncratic acts. Her burgeoning catalogue of songs showcases an artist who is unafraid to push boundaries and who is here to stay.
Haling from Christchurch, the avant-pop artist and songwriter has been making waves since she first emerged in 2015 with her the exquisite R’n’B-infused ‘Silver Second’, produced by Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Broods).
Theia followed it up in 2016 with her breakout hit ‘Roam’, which firmed up her reputation on the international stage as an ‘artist to watch’ and set the scene for the release of her critically acclaimed debut self-titled EP, which earned her three nominations at the 2017 New Zealand Music Awards and a nod for ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the 2017 George FM Awards.
‘Roam’, ‘Champagne Supernova’ and ‘Treat You’ - all songs from the EP - were played on Top 40 radio in New Zealand with ‘Roam’ going on to become one of the most played songs by a New Zealand artist in 2016/17. ‘Roam’ and ‘Treat You’ also received widespread Top 40 radio play 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.
The EP has since gone on to be streamed close to 15 million times on Spotify, with hundreds of thousands of more streams on other platforms such as You Tube and Apple Music.
In April 2020, Theia released her second EP, NOT YOUR PRINCESS.
It contains the singles ‘Bye Bye’, ‘Bad Idea’, ‘Candy’ and ’Not Your Princess’. The songs received commercial radio play in New Zealand and debuted on multiple Spotify New Music Friday playlists around the world, amassing more than a million streams before the EP’s official release on April 12.
The EP’s focus single ‘Honest’ - a collaboration with Australian artist Alice Ivy - debuted on NMF playlists in NZ/AU, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines and Indonesia.
Theia’s success has taken her across the globe, playing shows in Australia, Asia and the United States. Meanwhile on home soil, in 2017 she embarked on her own headline tour and played to massive crowds at some of NZ’s biggest summer festivals, including R&V, Homegrown, Electric Avenue, Soundsplash and Bay Dreams. She also opened for Sia at Mt Smart in Auckland alongside Charli XCX and MO, as well as supporting Portugal. The Man at the Powerstation in early 2018.
Theia has also established herself as a respected songwriter, working with a number of leading writers, including the legendary Mike Elizondo, Grammy-winning Emily Warren and ARIA-winning Tony Buchen.
Her song ‘Candy’, co-written with and produced by Josh Fountain, is a finalist in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition.
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.