Inaya Day – The Release of her Brand New Single “Special Love”



I had the pleasure of interviewing Inaya Day who has been turning heads on the international scene for decades.  Inaya released her brand new single 'Special Love' on 7th June 2018.  Below she shares about her journey creating the album, and gives us a brief insight into the theme of the track.

"Hailed an icon within the dance and progressive house scene, Inaya has teamed up with renowned producer Guy Scheiman for ‘Special Love’ – a track about security, love and unrelenting assurance – that has been put together despite both artists living in separate continents.”

Inaya's track is catchy, energetic and full of authentic sentiments.  I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did conducting it.

Your latest track 'Special Love' has been described as a track about security, love and unrelenting assurance - I'm particularly interested about the mention of "unrelenting assurance" - can you explain about this in more depth?
I find that, at some time or another, we all need to be reassured that we’re loved. We can “know it”, but it’s always wonderful to be told, and to be shown that we’re loved without fear of it ever being taken back, changed, or lost.  There’s comfort in knowing that the ones whom we love will always assure us so there is no room for doubt.

Why did you choose renowned producer Guy to work with you on this project?
Actually, Guy chose me for this track. Ultra Nate and I had him do a remix for our Frankie Knuckles / Eric Kupper Director’s Cut single, “OVER ME“.   So in the interest of reciprocity, I’ve done a song with Guy and now plan do more. I think we’re a great combo.


What was it like working with Guy as the track is very poignant yet still energetic, therefore how were you able to combine both moods whilst still getting over the message about the theme of having a Special Love?
It’s easy for me to work with Guy. I love that he creates around the songs that I’ve already written. So many times, I’m given a ready-made track with which to write and that can be limiting. Guy’s method leaves more room for me to express myself as a writer without having to operate within the confines of a static structure. Big ups to Guy for that!

I love your energy. It comes through in all your music, where do you go when you perform a track?  What does it do to you as a person?
When I perform, it’s like I go to another plane.  It’s hypnotic, therapeutic, exhilarating self-fulfilling; the same feeling that I used to get when I ran track back in the day. There was God, the wind, and me. With music, there is God, the air, and me.

“I wrote this song at a time when I needed to hear the words laid throughout the song.  They remind me that I have a special love always looking after me and wanting the best  for me. Helping me, pushing me, encouraging me and guiding me.”  This track is also a very personal track and you share the experience of it so passionately, however, can you expand further about this Special Love?  Is it a physical or spiritual experience? Or both?    What was it like writing this track? Was it a cathartic process?
The “Special Love” to which I refer is specifically, GOD; though others can and may apply it to the loves in their lives.  It is totally a spiritual experience for me.  I wrote this at a time when I was going through a fresh break-up so it was definitely a cathartic process and these lyrics express what I believe God says to us all. Good or bad, happy or sad... you’re never truly alone.

Share a bit about the experience you sing about?
Sometimes, when we lose a loved one because of loss-of-life or loss-of-relationship, we can feel very alone and dejected: hopeless and unloved or unloveable. At the time of my break-up I was simply, but deeply, sad and hurt. One day, during my routine Morning Prayer and meditation, I felt these words come from God to My heart. So I wrote about those things that I felt that morning.

Which artists have inspired and influenced you on your journey?
My vocal inspirations and influences are Ella Fitzgerald, Karen Clark Sheard, Chaka Khan, and Jocelyn Brown.

What is it about the genres of music you perform that called you in? Why Progressive House and dance?
I’ve loved House Music from the first day that I heard it as a kid in the 80’s. Progressive House was added to My list of dance music sub-genres when My friend, rapper MC LYTE, suggested that our mutual friend, actress Tichina Arnold, and I join forces with producer DJ Mike Cruz to make what became My first Progressive House single, “ MOVIN’ UP “ ( Take My Problems to the Dancefloor). That song is now a major dancefloor favorite and classic.  So, in came the follow-ups and requests for more.

You are a huge industry name, even an icon within the dance and progressive house scene and it still feels as if you are still enjoying yourself, as if you are still on an adventure with your music. What are some of the attributes you have had to adopt that you feel have made you so successful?
I’ve been performing professionally since the age of 12 and was taught the old adage,“the show must go on”.   This came first from my experiences in musical theatre. So, by the time Ihad to travel solo to promote my music, I knew that inclement weather, head colds, hayfever / allergies, pains, and feelings had nothing to do with my obligation to those hundreds,and many times thousands, of people who have come to be entertained and lifted.   I learned early on that I have a job to do. Performers share the courier’s motto;   “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion  of their appointed rounds.”   I’ve gotta keep it poppin’ for the people.

How do you keep grounded in an industry such as this?
The people around me and God keep me grounded. I think all good performers, (and some bad ones haha!), go through a period of “the big head”; thinking we’re the best to ever do it.  Luckily, my moment was brief and happened in my early teens.  Not everyone is so lucky. It’s also very easy to get caught up in the so-called glamour of it all ... ya know... sex, drugs, rock and roll. I cannot tell you how many times people have offered hard drugs to me and my dancers. Even some people I know have tried to put hard drugs in my hand as a “gift“. Thank God, I kindly refused. It’s important to have a firm foundation and a strong resolve.

What's the craziest thing you have ever done and what are some of your favourite comfort foods?The craziest thing I’ve ever done is something that I keep between myself, some family, and  some friends. But let’s just say that I was a somewhat fearless teen who has faced death  head-on more than once.... 4 times in particular.

Some of my favourite comfort foods are chocolate ice cream, sour cream and cheddar chips with French onion dip or cream cheese, popcorn, Pecan Turtles / caramel nut clusters, and popcorn.

What piece of advice can you offer to individuals who want to step out of their comfort  zone to do something they have always longed to do and that they love?  My advice is to resolve to TRY. Real growth happens outside of the comfort zone. Eat the elephant in small bites. Each day, make , at least, one step toward the goal that you wish to achieve.

Do SOMETHING that can put you closer to your goal EVERY DAY.
Small chips in the wall can cause it to fall just as hard as a big bang