Who is FINLAY?
Growing up in a large, multi-ethnic southern city like Houston, Texas, Paige Finlay (pronounced /fin-LEE/) was drawn to music performance at a very early age. She started playing piano when she was only six years old and began singing and writing songs as a teenager, her parents often celebrating and supporting her musical exploration in the mainstream pop and electronic genres. In 2009, she uprooted to California for undergrad, jumping into the heart of entertainment by studying film & media production in Los Angeles.
In the summer of 2012, Paige’s whole world abruptly changed in a single moment, when she was viciously attacked by a bull shark on a surf trip in the Gulf of Mexico. Threatening her future career and passion to become a top industry performer, Paige struggled desperately to release her fate and future as the doctors reported that she had less than a 50% chance of keeping her left leg (where the attack occurred) or making it through her recovery alive. After many days of heartfelt prayer and extreme treatment, Paige survived the attack and has since dedicated her youth to continue making her musical dreams a reality, incorporating her love for the ocean in her unique artist style, serving as a piercing voice of joy in the pop world.
In late 2016, Paige, known as FINLAY, released her debut single “Always There,” followed by a sophomore single release, “TIDES” on March 3, 2017. NPR Music recently featured FINLAY in their annual 100 Artists to Discover at SXSW, calling the single “fizzily insistent pop… worthy of Carly Rae Jepsen.” Paige will be headed to Hawaii later this month to film the official music video for “TIDES” which will be released later this summer. Paige says, “The creative concept of the video will communicate a clear and uplifting message about what it means to break through personal fear with a deep confidence & feminine strength, both in and out of the water, and highlights the story of how I regained the courage to ‘get back in the water’ (both literally and metaphorically) after overcoming a shark attack injury.”