This week, we have Dayanna Badillo as our featured artist. Dayanna is an Ecuadorian worship leader, singer-songwriter, and producer who uses her music as her evangelistic tool. Read Dayanna’s story below to hear how as a Latina, she values diversity, inclusion, and unity of the body of Christ and has been involved in several initiatives with similar visions.
Since Dayanna was a kid, her dream was to become a singer. Lyrics would always pop into her mind and she would write songs even as early as seven years old. At 18, she gave her life to Jesus and committed to spread the gospel through music and relocated to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston after winning a full-ride scholarship from the Ecuadorian government. The extremely selective award, which covered the entirety of her education, was given only to the leading students scoring in the top 0.05% of the country. While she was at Berklee, she became the Young Adult Worship Leader at Lion of Judah Congregation, Boston’s largest Spanish-speaking Protestant congregation, which draws 1,000 worshippers every Sunday. This opportunity allowed her to grow in her gifts, character, and leadership.
Dayanna believes what the apostle Paul said, that “many parts make up one body” (1 Cor. 12:12). She says “even though some are Latinos like me, others are Asians, others Pentecostals and others Baptist, we are all one and we all work for the same cause: to make Jesus known by loving God and loving one another”. That is why she has collaborated and led worship at different Christian events that support the unity of the Christian body spanning denomination and race. For example, she has been a part of the Revive Boston team as a worship leader in collaboration with evangelist James Sideras, she had the honor of leading worship at “We Will Go” with Bethel pastor Chris Overstreet, collaborated as a UniteBoston musician for Awaken the Dawn’s Tent America in 2018, led worship at Awaken the Dawn 2019 representing Lion of Judah, collaborated with YWAM at “10 Days of Prayer,” and she led worship at “Mygration Christian Conference.” Her significant impact on concerts, performances and worship services around the New England area was recognized when she won the “Best Female Contemporary Gospel Artist of the Year” award at the largest Gospel concert in Boston, in which she ministered as a guest artist.
Her dream is to launch a bilingual music ministry so she can reach both English and Spanish speaking communities. Her first step towards this dream was the release of her first single in Spanish called “Victoria”, which she plans on releasing in English later this year. “Victoria” is a declaration of our identity in Christ and the freedom we find only in Him, based on Romans 8” Dayanna says. “Victoria” is the beginning of a collection of songs Dayanna will be releasing this year. Already, Dayanna has seen how “Victoria” has resonated with Hispanic people of different cultures, backgrounds, and practices.
You can watch the lyric video for “Victoria” below.
To stay connected with Dayanna and be informed about her upcoming music releases, you can find her at dayannabadillo.com or on Instagram, Facebook, @dayannabadillomusic. Subscribe to her YouTube Channel and follow her on Spotify for more to come.