Daya dishes on her new album, her must-have on tour and double standards

At just 17 years old, Daya is proving she's a force to be reckoned with.

After an incredible breakout year with three top 40 hits under her belt and a smash collaboration with The Chainsmokers, the singer debuted her album "Sit Still, Look Pretty" and AOL Entertainment was there to catch all the excitement.

"My new album is something that I've been working on for so long, for about a year-and-half now," she revealed. "It focuses on so many things like youth, self-development, and empowerment."

Empowerment indeed. The signer took the stage and got the party started with her hit single "Don't Let Me Down," showcasing her mad vocals and collaboration with the DJ duo.

"My parents were very encouraging to pursue our dreams," Daya said. Growing up with a family of four sisters, Daya's parents always made sure the girls knew they could do anything they put their minds to -- especially when it comes to double standards.

"We kinda just knew from the get-go that we can really do anything that guys can," said the singer. "I just want to get that message out there, to other young girls out there because it's really important to me."

With her platinum hits "Hide Away" and "Sit Still, Look Pretty" the Pittsburg native is proving to be a major threat in the electro-pop world, with her own tour across the U.S. next year.

But the one thing she must have in her dressing room while on tour?

"I always have to eat a plateful of mashed potatoes," Daya laughed. "It helps me, I always crave it before my shows."

Daya, we'll have a plateful of mashed potatoes with you anytime.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Singer-songwriter Daya performs onstage at the listening party for her album 'Sit Still, Look Pretty' at The Sayer's Club on October 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Singer-songwriter Daya performs onstage at the listening party for her album 'Sit Still, Look Pretty' at The Sayer's Club on October 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Singer-songwriter Daya (C) is presented with a platinum single award at the listening party for her album 'Sit Still, Look Pretty' at The Sayer's Club on October 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Daya appears at Music Choice on September 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MINN - OCTOBER 11: Daya and Nick Cannon record TeenNick Top 10 at Mall of America on October 11, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/ Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
BLOOMINGTON, MINN - OCTOBER 11: Daya records TeenNick Top 10 at Mall of America on October 11, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/ Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Daya poses for a photo backstage during the 106.1 KISS FM Fall Ball at WaMu Theater on November 14, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 07: Singer Daya performs onstage during 101.3 KDWB's Jingle Ball 2015 daytime village at Xcel Energy Center on December 7, 2015 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Musician Daya attends T.J. Martell Foundation's 16th Annual New York Family Day at Wythe Hotel on December 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for TJ Martell)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Musician Daya performs onstage at T.J. Martell Foundation's 16th Annual New York Family Day at Brooklyn Bowl on December 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for TJ Martell)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Singer, Daya, performs on stage at New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Daya performs on stage during New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Daya attends SiriusXM Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up Broadcast From The SiriusXM Studios In Los Angeles on February 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Artbeatz founder Steve Zap, singer Daya and VP of Pop Programming at SiriusXM Kid Kelly attend SiriusXM Hits 1's The Morning Mash Up Broadcast From The SiriusXM Studios In Los Angeles on February 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: Daya poses at Perez Hilton's One Night in Austin showcase at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on March 19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 19: Daya performs during Perez Hilton's One Night in Austin showcase at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on March 19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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