Collaborating across multiple genres ranging from Roots-Rock and Pop to Hip Hop and R&B, classifying Daphne Willis in musical terms is no easy task. With infectious melodies delivered with lyrical precision and honesty, Daphne’s songs and performances are sincere, compelling and relevant. Raised in Chicago, Daphne now resides in New York City. She cities her influences as varied as The Beatles and Michael Jackson, but her musical output cleverly incorporates such inspirations into a style that is refreshing and contemporary in a way that suits her songs best.
With over 1,000 shows under her belt throughout the last several years, Daphne has been spreading her music to passionate fans across the United States. Her infectious personality combined with her undeniable talent caught the eyes and ears of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in early 2016 who quickly signed Daphne to a worldwide publishing agreement. This partnership has resulted in several of her songs being recorded by other artists, as well as used in commercial, film, and TV productions nationwide. Just to name a few of Daphne’s recent successes, she’s been a part of ad campaigns for Clinique, Microsoft, Royal Caribbean and Xfinity, as well as with One Tree Hill, Empire and The Good Doctor.
In 2017, Daphne became a viral sensation after sharing a video for her self-penned single “Somebody’s Someone.” Daphne dedicated “Somebody’s Someone” to anyone affected by homelessness, mental health issues, or addiction. The song’s message rapidly caught fire and, 21 million views later, Daphne has become a beacon of hope, as well as a support system for fans worldwide. Daphne has fully embraced the role she plays to her fans and interacts with them frequently through her infamous live broadcasts via Facebook. She has also started a support group for her fans to interact, connect, and help each other feel the love and posts regularly in the group about her own experiences and struggles.
Daphne’s latest single, “Forgiveness”, is a multi-genre, upbeat anthem and speaks to people of all ages and backgrounds. This captivating, choir-esque single narrows in on the theme of love through acceptance and empathy and is told from an autobiographical perspective that draws you in from word one. “Forgiveness” will be the first single of Daphne’s upcoming EP ‘I Am Enough.’
‘I Am Enough’ will be a continuance of the Daphne’s personal journey as she shares the deepest parts of herself with her fans. She is crowd funding the project as a social campaign focused on self worth and self love. The EP will be released to all campaigners in Dec and will be released publicly in early 2019. Her fans patiently await the next chapter of Daphne’s career and join her as she continues to touch people with her music far and wide.