Singer/Songwriter Darja Schabad is Today’s Honoree

DarjaDarja is a Singer/Songwriter originally from Riga, Latvia – raised in Germany and the UK. Darja deferred her University education to participate in the popular German reality TV Show Popstars in the year of 2001. More than 11,000 singers attended open television auditions in Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Munich, conducted by choreographer Detlef “D!” Soost, producer Alex Christensen, and singer and radio host Noah Sow. After auditioning in Frankfurt and after multiple recalls, Darja was chosen as one of 32 contestants who immediately traveled to Ibiza, Spain to get trained in singing, dancing, and fitness. In the end three females, including Darja, and five males remained who again moved into a loft in Munich to start working on their performance and publicity skills.

During Popstars Darja gained significant publicity in Germany and started working on a solo career with Producer Tony Coutura. Darja rejected a solo record deal offer by East West Records, owned by Warner Brother, to pursue a BSc in International Relations at the prestigious London School of Economics. While still in college, in 2003 Darja participated in ITV’s Pop Idol (Season 2), where she was selected into the last 5 groups of 10 in the competition. After her performance of Shakira’s “Underneath your Clothes” Simon Cowell stated that Darja “As a Pop Star Package I think it was excellent. Very Good.”

Darja transferred to New York City in 2007, to pursue an Acting Degree at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since her graduation she has appeared in films, commercials, industrials and voiceovers, representing companies such as Perkinelmer, Canon, UBS Investment Bank and PUMA, where she is the voice of the PUMA Perfume Animagical global commercial campaign, featuring Usain Bolt. Darja has worked as the Host and Executive Producer for, and is now concentrating on her musical come back with her first album release. Darja is performing on a regular basis in NYC, most recently at the annual Montauk Music Festival in Long Island, NY.

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