Grace Martine Tandon is a Pennsylvania native of Indian, German, and Irish descent, who records under the name of Daya. "I changed my name to Daya; that's my stage name," the singer told ABC Radio
. "It's because I wanted a little more privacy in my home life, and I think that Daya really gives me that. And I really love the name. I think it's really great for my image... it's a loose translation of my real name, Grace, in Hindi, and my grandfather emigrated from India."