We had the good fortune of connecting with Daja WroteIt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Daja, how do you think about risk?
If you looked up “risk taker” in the dictionary, my face would pop up immediately. My entire adulthood would be considered risky to the average person that isn’t in the music industry. I was one of the first in my family to go out of state for college. I attended Hampton University as a Communications major with a focus in Music. After my first year, I moved to Nashville, TN for the summer to intern at RCA. Being at my internship led me to finally decide not to go back on campus, but to transfer online, and continue my career as a songwriter. I moved back to Baltimore, which would seem like a “fail” to most, but during lockdown I took the opportunity to lock in at the studio. I found an artist I connected with, built a project with her, our producers, and engineer. Investing into music when the world was unsure of what was going to happen next, sounds pretty crazy. I did it anyway and it changed my life forever. I was able to go to LA for the first time, my first time being on the West Coast was through music. The next time I went, I was flown out as “DajaWroteIt”. My next risky move, moving to Atlanta. I knew I wanted to move, but wasn’t sure how I was going to do it alone after going to look at 1 bedroom prices. When my cousin and close producer, Akeal, urgently needed a roommate and apartment for his last year at Morehouse, we quickly gathered money and a plan for us to leave, and within a month, we were moved into our new apartment. I’ve been here for almost a year now and there’s been so many reasons and times I could’ve left to move back home. Akeal too. God didn’t want that for me. If the risk came from prayer and thought, go for it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My name is DajaWroteIt and I’m a songwriter who sings. I started writing music seriously when I was 17, but I recorded my first in studio song at 12, with my Dad. He had an in house studio and I was able to create most of my first songs with him. That’s something I’ll cherish forever. From there, I connected with IStandard and got the opportunity to collaborate with other writers and producers, as well as meet music industry professionals and have them critique my work. I took some time to experience college and during my first year, I met my now mentor, Makeba Woods. Makeba, along with a few of my other OGs have helped guide me to getting to Atlanta where I’ve been able to continue to grow and develop to be the next big hitmaker. Currently, I have placements with Tre’Amani, Juani, Pap Chanel, Jatavia and more. Before leaving Baltimore, I wrote an EP for an artist I’m now working side by side with, Alyx Baye. She is a rising super star and will change the shape of music. Having the drive, patience, faith, and passion for music and writing is what made and makes me keep going. Saying that makes it sound super simple, but trust me, it was not. I’m a young, black woman, in a male dominated industry. There’s been a lot of times I’ve felt less confident in rooms I should’ve shined in. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is I shine regardless. On the flip side of that, I have met so many great producers, writers, and engineers here that support me and want to win with me! Shoutout to Black Metaphor, Troy Taylor, Scotti, Smart & Darren, Black Heart Renegade, Bless, Blk, Kid Class etc. My music touches ears and hearts in a way my personality alone could never make up for. I’m proud of that. I want people to understand I come from a family that protected me and raised me in a space that shaped me to be the tough business woman I am. Baltimore needs to be known for more. While I wanted to leave and experience more for myself, because so many don’t make it out of there, I also want to make Baltimore proud. If it weren’t for Baltimore, Top, Boog, Akeal, Alyx, Baltimore club music, DJ Reddz, Jayla teaching me musicality through dance, Ms.Hardison at Cardinal Sheean, Jasmin educating me on the history of all genres that I didn’t grow up on and more,AFRAM & Artscape, I wouldn’t be “DajaWroteIt”. I stand by that, I want you to know, understand, and learn from my journey, not just see the success. This isn’t for me. it’s for the little black girl who needed a true example of using her pen for power.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m still new here, so don’t judge me LOL! I usually take people to Juiceheads to relax and get refreshing, light breakfast, but for something heavier, I would take them to ATL Breakfast Club, Toast, or Roc South. For lunch, I like Slim & Husky’s, Everything Nola, Mellow Mushroom, Urban Wings, etc. I would take them to Treesounds and the Trap Museum. Personally, I like the view from the SkyView. For nightlife, I would take them to Apt.4B, Escobar, Cru on Peter Street, Traffik, or Code.Atl.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me this for forever! My source of my life, love, knowledge, my talent, comes from God. I WOULD NOT be here if I didn’t know him. All praise and thanks to the one and only. My mom and dad molded me into Daja and then supported and poured into everything that makes me “DajaWroteIt”. I couldn’t repay them in a million lifetimes. The Evans family, y’all know who you are, thank you for raising me, playing my songs everywhere, constantly reminding me of who I am. Thank you. To Hatch and PJ, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see the Atlanta music scene if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have experienced collaborating outside of my family, I wouldn’t have experienced real industry criticism, real industry praise, a solid foundation into this field, if it weren’t for you. Hatch you’re one of the strongest people I know. Thank you guys for everything. Makeba Woods, you have changed my life. My dad was my first mentor and I had the blessing of being able to meet and create with my Grammy Award Winning mentor thanks to him. Makeba, thank you for constantly pouring into me, for being the voice in the back of my mind during sessions, for being a true big sister in this game. A legend, who deserves her flowers every chance I get. Boog, Akeal, Jayla, Jasmin, y’all are my first team. My first siblings, my family. Thank you for guiding me, loving me for me, and supporting all my dreams. WE UP NEXT!!!! Alyx and Top, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. You have made my dream of music become a reality and still are. Our sessions, our talks, our trips, you have left an imprint on me like. no other. Thank you soooo much!! To Dayja Page, my bestfriend, thank you for all the pep talks, listening to my stories, just believing in me hard! I love you sis, let’s keep getting deeper in these bags! To Ciz, thanks for the alley oop my guy. To Krunk, my pisces twin, I appreciate you more than you know. You’ve picked my head up when I didn’t know who to turn to and I’m ready to for the world to hear our work!! To Cash, Icey, & Cert, I couldn’t ask for better family here. You guys deserve the world, the most love, peace, and success that there is out here. I love y’all! Troy Taylor & S.O. thank you for believing in me and inviting me with no judgment. Ready for the magic we’re going to make. Tre’amani, thank you for being a real friend and shoutout “$hook.” Shoutout Shina Mack, Lost Kids & CVL,  Javen, Joe, Kim, etc. family for life. It’s up!

Website: https://linktr.ee/DajaWroteIt

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dajawroteit/?hl=en

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dajawroteit

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw98QIu5w7hpYrJc2gSs1yg/videos

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