Jetsetting With Indie-Pop Starlet Darnaa
Darnaa is a rising indie-pop artist who is ready to take the world by storm. The YouTube sensation kicked off a 16-city tour in February and released a new single titled “Cowgirl.” The performer is passionate about women and children’s rights and uses her music to celebrate empowerment, encouraging others to speak out against injustice in the fight to end global violence.
Q: What type of traveler are you? (i.e., adventurer, cultural explorer, free spirit, rejuvenator, spa aficionado, etc.) I would love to be able to travel more. I’m an explorer and an adventurer at heart.
A: I usually travel for work, but one of my most memorable vacations was Italy. The city was beautiful and I definitely ended up eating too much of the coutry’s amazing food.
Q: What types of activities do you like to do on your travels? Do you look for a place where it’s quiet and you can relax or someplace that has great activities or nightlife?
A: I love Miami! Whether you’re going to a spa or going out dancing, the city has so much to offer. It’s almost as if you’re on an island. I’ve performed there many times and always love the energy.
Q: When thinking about where you will travel to next, what inspires you to make a decision? And what, if any, research do you do about that destination?
A: Sometimes I like to do research and other times I like to just be spontaneous. Over the next two months, I’ll be traveling to China, Taiwan, and Korea for my tour. For that trip, it will definitely be a combination of both.
Q: What is the most memorable trip you’ve taken and why?
A: My most memorable trip was Italy. It’s funny because I actually ended up getting lost at the beginning of the trip the day we were supposed to visit the Colosseum. You had to take a bus to get there. Of course, I missed the bus and got separated from my group. I eventually met up with everyone, but getting lost ended up turning out to be an amazing adventure because I got the opportunity to explore the city. The Italian guys were also quite charming (maybe a little too charming for me).
Q: What is the best food you’ve ever found on a trip?
A: New Orleans gumbo!
Q: What, if anything, do you always take with you when you travel?
A: I’m definitely guilty of over-packing. I usually end up bringing five bags with me. I mean, a girl can never have too many options, right? For the plane, I always have to bring my vitamins and anti-bacterial wipes in my backpack.
Q: What’s your best piece of travel advice?
A: Always be prepared. It’s important to have your passport and a back-up ID. Also, make sure to keep an eye on your luggage at the airport; it’s a must!
Q: Is there a destination to which you can’t imagine not returning?
A: I’m not sure if I can pinpoint one place, but I guess I’d have to say Miami. Honestly, I can’t wait to have the chance to travel the world. I’m always in for a new adventure!
Q: Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A: Vegas is one of my favorite weekend getaways. The casinos, pool parties, and spas are incredible, and I had so much fun during the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil performances the last time I was there.
Q: Where would you like to travel to next?
A: My birthday is coming up, and I’d love to go to Jamaica!
Q: Tell us about your upcoming project(s)?
A: I would love for you to check out my new single “Cowgirl” on iTunes and Amazon. Hope everyone enjoys it!
Rising indie-pop sensation Darnaa, best known for hit singles such as “Runaway,” “Calling It Love,” “We All Sleep Alone,” and “The Moment,” is currently garnering praise for her explosively entertaining opening performances for renowned artists such as Travie McCoy, DEV, Lil Debbie, Miguel, and SkyBlu (LMFAO), just to name a few. Darnaa kicked off a national 16-city tour and premiered her recently debuted single “Cowgirl” (which was released on January 28) during her opening concert for internationally recognized recording artist Miguel on February 15 in New Orleans.
An instant YouTube sensation, this NYC resident first caught the attention of top industry execs and major media with successful releases of cover and music videos of iconic anthems such as R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” and the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice.” Darnaa’s career has continued to take off following the success of her first single “Runaway,” co-produced by Wendell Hanes and Yohann for her debut album “The End of My Beginnings” earlier this year, which topped the charts at No. 1 in Internet Radio Spins for “Top 50 Indie Artists” and No. 2 in North Carolina on WRSV-FM.