Every so often a new talent emerges seemingly from nowhere and takes the music world by storm. Welcome to the stage Theia (Em-Haley Walker) from New Zealand, who holds the power to alter the axial tilt of the pop planet.
Walker made her debut in 2015 (then under the moniker Plum) with the electro-pop-meets-sultry-R’n’B track ‘Silver Second’, produced by Alex Hope (Troye Sivan and Broods). It caught the attention of US tastemaker blogs Hillydilly and Pigeons & Planes and established Walker as one of New Zealand music’s most exciting emerging acts.
In August 2016, after a name change to Theia, Walker released her first official single ‘Roam’, produced by Josh Fountain (Leisure).
A catchy glitter pop anthem with a soaring chorus, it went on to become one of the biggest breakout hits by a Kiwi artist in 2016 and proved Walker was worthy of the hype that’s seen her tipped as the next big name in NZ music.
‘Roam’ made its mark on the Spotify Global Viral Chart, the US Viral Chart, the Australian Viral Chart, the Malaysian Viral Chart and topped the NZ Viral Chart.
It also dominated the airwaves in New Zealand, reaching the coveted ‘Top 5’ in the Airplay Charts and holding #1 spot as the most played Kiwi song on radio for seven consecutive weeks.
In late December 2016/early January 2017 Theia embarked on her first-ever tour alongside one of New Zealand’s most successful musical exports, LA-based brother-and-sister act Broods and chart-topping local sensation, Kings.
She’s now just released her second official single, the epic ‘Champagne Supernova’, another soaring anthem that showcases the sophistication of Walker’s song writing abilities.
The title of the song comes from the book ‘Champagne Supernovas’ about the 90s renegades of fashion. Theia was drawn to the juxtaposition of the grandeur and glory; darkness and self-destruction – champagne being a symbol for elegance and supernova being a star that shines its brightest when it’s dying. The song is a way of dealing with inner turmoil or fighting your inner demons – whatever they may be.
A lyrically powerful and sonically slow burning song that teeters on the brink of joy and devastation, ‘Champagne Supernova’ reveals a new shade to Theia’s palette and sets the bar high for the release of her upcoming EP. But as the talented singer-songwriter has already demonstrated, and as the tastemakers have rightly identified – Theia is well and truly ready to take on the world.