Inaya Day was born in New York City and started singing in church in Brooklyn. Day attended the prestigious High School of Music and the Performing Arts. Day studied musical theater at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut.Inaya Day has also appeared on Broadway notably as understudy to Stephanie Mills as “Dorothy” in The Wiz and stepped into the lead role in Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, Missouri.Inaya Day has had extensive experience as a session musician having appeared on tracks by Michael Jackson, Al Green, Sean “Puffy” Combs, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Big Daddy Kane and Jonathan Butler.Day has also written songs for Randy Crawford and Bootsy Collins. Her best known song that she has writing credits is “Gossip Folks”, the second single from Missy Elliott’s Under Construction album – Day co-wrote the hook and provided backup vocals on the track.Inaya Day was introduced to house music in 1996 when she was asked to do a little demo. She met German producers Boris Dlugosch and Mousse T who produced a dance single “Keep Pushin” which hit #2 on the Billboard dance charts. She then sang chorus for Mousse T’s track “Horny”, which later gained popularity when additional vocals from the duo Hot ‘N’ Juicy was added to the song. “Horny” reached #1 on the Billboard dance charts and was a worldwide dance and pop track. The follow up song “Hold Your Head Up High”, with Booom!, reached #6 on the Billboard dance charts. Inaya was managed by Stacey Castro from 1996 to 1998.Inaya Day has sung on a variety of dance hits since 1996. These include:”Can’t Stop Dancin” by Cruz and Bugz hit #1 on the Billboard dance chart;”Movin Up (Take My Problems to the Dance Floor)” by Mike Cruz featuring Inaya Day hit #2 on the Billboard dance charts;”Feel It” with DJ Dome;”I’m Touched” by DJ Dove featuring Inaya Day;”Shout It Out” by Inaya Day meets Louis Benedetti;”Just Can’t Get Enough” by Harry “Choo Choo” Romero Presents Inaya Day; and “I Will” by Mongobonix featuring Inaya Day – produced by Harry “Choo Choo” Romero.”Hold Your Head Up High” by Boris Dlugosch Presents Booom!. “I Am Tha 1” by Mr Timothy featuring Inaya Day.
“Stand By Me” by Mr Timothy featuring Inaya Day.”Nasty Girl” produced by Mousse T. and So Phat! (cover of the Vanity 6 song)”The Glamorous Life” by T-Funk featuring Inaya Day.In 2004, she sang on a track by Australian dance producer mrTimothy called “I Am Tha 1”. The track credited to Mr Timothy featuring Inaya Day went to the top of dance charts in Australia and reached the top 30 of the pop charts there. She also sang on his next single “Stand By Me” later that year. “Nasty Girl” was first released in Australia, reaching the top 20, and it was then released in the UK in July 2005, and reached #9 there. Later that year, she also guest featured on “The Glamorous Life”, a single by T-Funk, an alternate alias of mrTimothy. In June 2007, Inaya released a cover version of the 1988 Big Pig song Breakaway.