Gia Koka is a songwriter, producer, and singer of soulful electropop who found work as a songwriter for hire while starting her own recording career. Born in Poland and raised in the Netherlands, Koka released her first album, Kissing the Outcast, under the name Natalia Jayden with Dutch label The Flying Rooster in 2012. While living in Hollywood, California and writing songs for artists including Leona Lewis and Leslie Clio, she wrote and recorded an album dedicated to her younger brother, Dymitri, who had died unexpectedly. Titled Dymitri, the set of jazz-inflected adult contemporary R&B was released by Winter Boy Records in 2013.
A series of collaborative singles in the realm of electronic pop and EDM followed, still marked by her soulful vocal delivery. She was featured on the song “Cold Fire” by GANZ (Dutch producer Jordy Saämena) in mid-2015, and released “Fly-By-Night” featuring Mydien that fall. “Unbroken” by Quintino and Yves V featuring Koka appeared that December. In 2016, she appeared on tracks by electronic artists including SRNO and the Him, and shared her own song, the reflective “Come Pick Me Up,” in October. That November, she was featured on the DVBBS–CMC$ dance collab “Not Going Home,” which garnered millions of streams by the spring of 2017.