Adayla Defiance was standing outside, listening to the birds sing when something occurred to her.
“I thought, ‘I stood in this same place last year, wearing the same coat, listening to the same exact thing,’” said the 17-year-old musician from Tyndall.
The moment inspired the theme and title of her debut album, “I Stood In This Place,” an EP that features five of her original songs.
“It’s about the hesitation of not wanting to make the same mistakes,” Adayla said.
The musician will celebrate the release of her first album with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Dakota Theatre in Yankton. The concert will include a combination of her original songs and covers of songs by Imagine Dragons, Gotye and Fleetwood Mac, among others.
An acoustic guitar and piano performer, Adayla simply describes herself as “a singer/songwriter.”
“I would like to define myself as folk, because I was inspired mainly by Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling, but I think I ended up being more folky-pop,” she said with a chuckle.
Adayla’s journey into music began a few years ago when she was in an antique store with her father. While perusing the items, she came across a small antique guitar.
“I said, ‘Well, let’s give it a shot.’ And he bought it for my 15th birthday,” Adayla said. “I had started listening to acoustic music, and I liked it so much that I wanted to play it myself.”
Since then, the young musician has been busy singing, writing and playing. While her debut album features only five songs, she has many others that can be found on her Facebook page or her YouTube channel.
“I’ve written a lot of songs over a wide range of time,” she said. “I just tried to pick a few that go together for the EP.”
Along with giving her a guitar, Adayla’s parents also contributed to her music career many years earlier with another gift — her name.
While many people believe it to be a pseudonym, Defiance is Adayla’s actual middle name, as her parents wished to encourage a path of defiant faith.
“I get asked about it a lot. It’s just a coincidence that it makes a good band name,” she said with a laugh.
Joining Adayla for her performance next week will be her longtime friend, Yankton musician and actor Zak McComas, who will serve as the opening act.
“He plays a lot of metal, but he plays amazing acoustic songs, too. I’m excited to see what he picks out,” Adayla said. “We’re going to sing one or two songs together, too.”
Adayla said that between her and McComas, the music offered at the performance should fit a wide audience.
“It’s something everyone can enjoy,” she said.
General admission tickets will be available at the door, with proceeds going towards the theatre’s restoration fund. Children ages 12 and under can attend free of charge. There will also be CDs available for purchase.
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