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"She's intelligent, integral, sexy, and spiritual.

I fall in love with her every time she sings like it's the first time."

- Sam Wahl, Get Off the Couch Chicago

Musician Daniela Sloan (a.k.a DAJA) has been songwriting and singing since age 11. She is a salsa dancing Colombiana, a former actress and professional flamenco dancer.  Today she graces the stage with her acoustic soul.  Backed by her guitar and upright bassist Scott Bakshis, she sings with the classic sound of Nina Simone blended with the lyrical approach and poetry of Jill Scott. Her sound lingers between hip-hop, blues, and Latin as her Colombian heritage dictates. A high school educator by day and a performer at heart, Daniela exudes BIG soul.

Daniela has performed internationally, interviewed on WBEZ's “The Morning Shift,” (Chicago Public Radio) and opened for the British band Fink of Ninja Tunes Records, on their world tour.   In 2016, Daniela collaborated with French electronic artists WAEK to write and produce "On The Road," released through Believe Digital Studios in Europe. She is also a reccurring performer in notable Chicago showcases The Paper Machete and SoFar Sounds.  

Daniela is first and foremost a writer and educator. In 2013 she merged her two passions together by writing and recording  "Speak Loudly,"  with the Chicago's Children's Choir, a tune calling for change in our broken education system.  Daniela is set to record again in 2019.

Who is she? 

Colombiana, Soul Singer, Teacher
Music
News

UPCOMING SHOWS 2019

April 01, 2019

UNCOMMON GROUND Devon, June 1st, 7:00pm 

w/Sam Wahl 

SOFAR SOUNDS, Chicago, Friday May 3 (Logan Square location TBD) - SOLD OUT

SHOWS 2018

January 31, 2018

GREEN MILL PAPER MACHETE, Dec. 29, 2018 , 3pm

HUNGRY BRAIN w/Anna Soltys, Jan. 25, 2019 , 9pm

 

MARTYR'S, w/The Imperial Sound,  Sept. 24, 9:00pm 

THE HIDEOUT w/Lindsay and the Light Go Out, Feb. 15 - 8:30pm 

THE HUNGRY BRAIN w/Belle Isle, July 20 -9pm 

For booking email daniela.sloan@gmail.com 

The DAJA Sessions

June 28, 2017

LaRon Phillps (IG @Carlos James1315) documented a recording session for the single "Stone Face" to be released in Winter 2018 through FM Productions.  The session was of the french horn section - Sarah Ference, Andy Frickle, Marti Kallenberger and Alex Wasily on trombone.  

The Future is Female

March 19, 2017

On March 19, Daniela Sloan was the musical headliner for the sold-out FUTURE IS FEMALE FESTIVAL in Chicago presented by FM Productions. The theater production showcased the vision and incredible voices of 11 amazing Chicago and international female playwrights.

All media inquiries can be directed to: daniela@daja.love

Instagram:  @daja.music, Twitter: @D_Acousticsoul

(Photo credit: @carlosjames1315)

January 20, 2017

"It Could Be Beautiful”  submitted to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, 2017.

"On the Road" ft. Daniela Sloan Released Worldwide!

February 08, 2016

Electronic single "On the Road" Released this Monday by Believe Digital in Europe.  Available on all digital platforms!  "On the Road" written by Daniela Sloan, produced by WAEK Music. 

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DAJA

DAJA

Photo taken by Aaron Ryskiewicz.

"Sweetest Love" music video.

"Sweetest Love" music video.

Taken by Tommy Ton.

Sofar Sounds Chicago

Sofar Sounds Chicago

Daniela performing with Sofar Sounds Chicago. Photo taken by Jim Vondruska.

WBEZ Interview

WBEZ Interview

Daniela interviewed on WBEZ's "The Morning Shift" with Tony Sarabia 2013.

Sofar Sounds 2015

Sofar Sounds 2015

Daniela performing with Sofar Sounds Chicago. Photo taken by Jim Vondruska.

"Speak Loudly"

"Speak Loudly"

Daniela & The Chicago Children's Choir recording "Speak Loudly"

Sofar Sounds 2015

Sofar Sounds 2015

Daniela performing with Sofar Sounds Chicago. Photo taken by Jim Vondruska.

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2017-05-03 20.02.18

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"Sweetest Love" music video

"Sweetest Love" music video

Photo by Tommy Ton.

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Sofar Sounds 2015

Sofar Sounds 2015

Daniela performing with Sofar Sounds Chicago. Photo taken by Jim Vondruska.

Sofar Sounds 2015

Sofar Sounds 2015

Audience listening to Daniela perform with Sofar Sounds Chicago. Photo taken by Jim Vondruska.

"Sweetest Love" music video

"Sweetest Love" music video

Daniela and "Sweetest Love" music video director Eric Neal on set.

Sofar Sounds 2015

Sofar Sounds 2015

Daniela's upright bassist Scott Bakshis at Sounds Chicago. Photo taken by Jim Vondruska.

Sofar Sounds 2015

Sofar Sounds 2015

Daniela performing with Sofar Sounds Chicago. Photo taken by Jim Vondruska.

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Chicago

Chicago

Photo taken by Aaron Ryskiewicz.

Uncommon Ground

Uncommon Ground

Headlining @ Uncommon Ground.

Daniela Sloan EP

Daniela Sloan EP

Album Art by Brian Fitzgerald.

Sofar Sounds 2015

Sofar Sounds 2015

August performance with Sofar Sounds Chicago.

MERCH

MERCH

Fans selfie wearing Daniela Sloan T-shirt. Artwork by Brian Fitzgerald.

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Singing+on+the+Street

Photo taken by Aaron Ryskiewicz.

Daniela's Debut EP

Daniela's Debut EP

Recorded at Rax Trax Chicago, Il.

Music Video - Sweetest Love

Music Video - Sweetest Love

While filming "Sweetest Love" music video 2013

Raxtrax Recording Studio

Raxtrax Recording Studio

Recording the debut EP @ Raxtrax Recording studios.

MERCH

Fans selfie wearing Daniela Sloan T-shirt. Artwork by Brian Fitzgerald.