Big things were promised when Theia burst onto the music scene in 2016 with her break-out smash hit ‘Roam’. Em-Haley Walker’s distinctive vocals and exquisite harmonies paired with dreamy, ethereal glitter-pop and sultry R’n’B, made an indelible mark and left audiences around the world wanting more.
She didn’t fail to deliver! Theia went on to prove she was worthy of the hype that saw her labelled “Kiwi music’s next big thing”, releasing the epic and heartfelt ‘Champagne Supernova’ followed by her feel-good ode to youth ‘Treat You’.
Now the Christchurch-born singer makes her most significant statement yet - her debut EP, simply titled THEIA. The six-track record captures a young artist at a career-defining moment in time and establishes Theia as a rare talent with a glittering future ahead of her.
The six songs that make up the EP stand alone as individual pieces of work - well-crafted with meaningful lyrics and infectious melodic hooks. And yet side-by-side, they come together as a complete body of work showcasing Theia’s knack of seamlessly blending genres and taking the listener on a journey.
The record aptly opens with the electro-pop-meets-smouldering-R’n’B tune, ‘Silver Second’. Released in 2015 under Walker’s then stage name Plum, it was this song that first caught the attention of US tastemaker blogs Hillydilly and Pigeons & Planes and established Walker as one of New Zealand music’s most exciting up-and-coming acts.
Recorded in Sydney and produced by the award-winning Australian songwriter, producer and musician Alex Hope (Troye Sivan and Broods), ‘Silver Second’ sets the stage for five songs,
masterfully shaped in Auckland’s famed Golden Age Studios with Kiwi producer and all-round whizz kid, Josh Fountain (Leisure). They include the already-released and aforementioned ‘Champagne Supernova’, ‘Treat You’ and of course, ‘Roam’.
The electro-pop anthem ‘Roam’ became one of the biggest hits released by a New Zealand artist in 2016 when it soared up the Spotify Global Viral Chart, the US Viral Chart, the Australian Viral Chart, the Malaysian Viral Chart and topped the NZ Viral Chart. It has now clocked more than seven million plays on Spotify and continues to grow. ‘Roam’ 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.
The EP also contains the never released R’n’B influenced ‘Everything’, which draws on Theia’s strength as a songwriter, with its hard-hitting, pointed lyrics, and her ability to bring words to life with spine-tingling harmonies and a thunderous bass. It ends with the emotive ‘Forever’, which captures the fragility of youth, all the while glowing with undertones of joy.
The songs are now firm favourites in Theia’s mesmerising live show, which she has perfected with tours on both sides of the Tasman - opening over summer 2016/17 for Broods on the Electric Coastline tour and in April 2017 supporting Australian electro-act The Kite String Tangle in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Theia also played her first-ever US show in May 2017 after being invited to perform a showcase at the prestigious MUSEXPO in Los Angeles.
It paves the way for an exciting journey ahead; one which the talented and enigmatic artist with a passion for music and fashion is embracing with all she’s got.
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.