“As a listener, I have songs that have become staples in my life––songs that I’ll come back to at certain times,” Greya says. “I just want to give someone a staple.”

And just like that, Greya gnarls confidence and empathy, resolute clarity and an open-ended wish, into an artistic ambition that is distinctly her own. She’s only 21, but she’s already spent more than a decade writing, singing, and reconciling the ugly with the beautiful. Now, armed with a bold new collection of songs that playfully experiment with big melodies, EDM polish, vintage pop, and avant-garde combinations, Greya is staking out her own territory not as just a powerhouse vocalist and skilled storyteller, but as a provocative stylist who takes risks.

Anchored in her crystalline vocals and earnest writing, Greya’s early demos opened doors. As a teen, she collaborated with heavy hitters including Sacha Skarbek (Adele, Lana Del Ray), Jasper Leak (Sia), Flo Reuter (Sigrid), and more. In the fall of 2018, Greya encamped in a farm studio just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, and recorded a standout round of original pop songs that led to shows at SXSW, the Cannes Film Festival, and other red-letter performances.

Today, Greya is reflecting on her latest batch of songs, which mark a clear departure from her earlier work. Set up on a cowriting session with Grammy-winning producer Shannon Sanders (India.Arie, Jonny Lang, John Legend, Robert Randolph), Greya flew to Sanders’ studio in Nashville to make the date. There, Sanders pushed Greya off of her own well-trodden creative paths. Greya sums up the result succinctly: “We found a new sound.”

By choosing the right to conjure a mood independent of storyline without ever sacrificing honesty, Greya delivers music that’s both relatable and often mysterious––a rare blend. Now, what she wants more than anything is to share it. “Part of the fun of being in the studio and making a song that hits is knowing that someone is going to get something from it,” Greya says. “The song is going to become a part of someone’s life. They’re going to benefit from it.” She stops, her voice softening a bit as she adds, “That’s as useful as I could possibly conceive to make myself.”