Dajae is the stage name of Karen Gordon, a female R&B and dance music singer born in Chicago, Illinois. She sang in various soul bands for over a decade prior to joining house producer Cajmere. The duo released several hit singles, including "Brighter Days",which peaked at number two for two weeks, on the American dance chart. "Time", "U Got Me Up" and "Is It All over My Face". The album Higher Power followed in 1994. In 1996 her hit "Day by Day" hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.