Sat, 17 October 2009
Daisha Michelle Graf was born in Columbia, Maryland where the arts played a significant role in her development. From a very early age she began training in all different disciplines of dance including ballet, modern, tap and jazz. At the age of 5 she began taking private piano lessons and was involved in school chorus and plays. Daisha knew at a young are that she had a passion for performing and would sing and dance in front of her family with a fake microphone in hand. Daisha grew up with music playing throughout ther household and was pleasantly exposed to all different types of sounds ranging from Bach to the Beatles, Jazz, international music and Motown. Nurtured by summer arts camps in music and prestigious dance programs such as The Ailey School in New York City and American Dance Festival at Duke University, her dream of becoming an artist grew into an insatiable need.
Daisha continued her training by receiving a BA in Dance from Hofstra University (Long Island, NY). While in school she performed with the student organization, Imani Dance Ensemble, and was immediately taken by the world of hip-hop. She would catch the train to Manhattan several times a week to take classes from recognized hip-hop choreographers such as Rhapsody James, Luam Keflezgy and Jermaine Brown and became a member of Rhapsody The Company.
Music had always been a part of Daisha’s life, and dance was the perfect medium for exposing her to the professional music industry. Even before graduating, Daisha landed her first big dance engagement with pop star, Rihanna for her European tour of “A Girl Like Me”. When she returned, she signed with the agency, Clear Talent Group and continued performing with world-renowned artists such as Diddy, Ryan Leslie, Chris Willis and Beyonce. She also had the opportunity to dance in the blockbuster hits, Step Up 2 and Step up 3D.
Surrounded by the music industry, a new love for singing and writing music resurfaced. Under the tutelage of vocal trainers, Craig Derry and Clurel Henderson, Daisha honed her craft and shaped her sound and style. Writing and recording her first song, “Love Set Me Free,” confirmed that being a musical artist would be more than a hobby – it would be her life’s work. With a strong work ethic and a naturally captivating stage presence, Daisha has already performed her music at various venues in New York City and in Trinidad opening for artist Annya-Li. She has a unique style that she coins, “alternative R&B,” a sound that combines soul, jazz and alternative music. Daisha’s talent continues to grow, as does her infinite love of music. She is excited about the future before her.