Theia (Em-Haley Walker) burst on the scene in August 2016 with her debut single ‘Roam’. Her 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.
‘Roam’ went on to become one of the biggest songs released by a New Zealand artist in 2016, dominating 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 million times on Spotify.
‘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. 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.
This debut success 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. Theia 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 carrying out her own headlining NZ tour. She also played shows in the US and Asia and opened for Sia at Mt Smart Stadium in December alongside MO and Charli XCX. Other notable performances in 2017 include the opening of NZ Fashion Week and performing in front of 40,000 people at the Lions V Highlanders game in Dunedin as part of the Lions Rugby Tour.
Over summer 2017/18 Theia played to packed crowds at two of New Zealand’s biggest summer festivals, R&V and Bay Dreams. She will also play at Electric Avenue in Christchurch and the famed Homegrown Festival in Wellington.
Theia is now working on new material for her upcoming debut full-length album, much of which will be recorded and produced in LA. The first single from the record is expected to be released in the first few months of 2018. An epic track that makes a powerful statement, it reveals a bigger, bolder sound, while showcasing Theia’s growth as a songwriter.
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.