hey, I'm daje.
I'm a poet and a singer-songwriter based in Knoxville, TN. I'm often found toeing the lines between introversion, extroversion, and shamelessness. deeply devoted to exposing beauty in all of its messy and inarticulate forms.
What Gets Me Out of Bed in the Morning?
Creative problem solving. I want to create spaces for people to heal and connect to a deepened breath. I believe that this requires me to be deeply devoted to exposing beauty in all of its messy and inarticulate forms. Whether the medium expresses itself in songwriting, poetry, or design; I'm here for the process of watching beauty grow from nothing. If your project aligns with my vision, then we'd most definitely work well together.
In the Spring of 2016, she released her first EP, "The Bloom Project", which granted her a placement in Knoxville Music Warehouses' "Knoxville's Top 16 Album/EP Releases of 2016" as well as Knoxville BLANK Newspaper's 2016 "Newcomer of the Year" award. Her style is alternative Rnb with acoustic colorings. Her influences include Regina Spektor, The Weepies, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Billie Holiday. Her music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Google Play.
As a spoken-word poet, she has performed with 5th Woman, a collective of poets who write, teach and speak on the souls of women and their diverse expressions in culture (2016 - 2017). She is now working alongside the 5th Woman as a creative director writer, contributor, and sometimes mentor to younger poets in the Greater Knoxville area. She released her first printed and bound collection of poems, "On Becoming Gold" in June of 2017. Her poetic influences include Nayyirah Waheed, Warsan Shire, Donte Collins, and Sarah Kay.