As an actress, she had roles in Valley Girl, Streets of Fire, The Escape Artist, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and other '80s movies. Daily signed with A&M in 1985, and it was in 1986 that the label released the single "Say It, Say It" and her debut album, Wild Child (whose producers included Benitez, Harold Faltermeyer, and Keith Forsey, among others). Those who bought Wild Child after hearing "Say It, Say It" on the radio quickly realized that the album had a lot more to do with pop/rock than urban contemporary or dance-pop; the only dance-oriented offering is Daily's remake of Donna Summer's "Sunset People" (which wasn't released as a single but caught the attention of some dance club DJs). "Love in the Shadows," a pop/rock song, was chosen as Wild Child's second single, although it wasn't the major hit that "Say It, Say It" was. Daily continued to record for A&M in the late '80s, when her sophomore album, Lace Around the Wound, was released. But she parted company with A&M after that and only recorded one album in the 1990s.
Nonetheless, Daily was quite busy during that decade, which found her getting into voice-overs extensively. The films that Daily provided voice-overs for included, among others, Duck Days, Eek the Cat, Problem Child, and Jungle Cubs. In the 1998 film Babe: Pig in the City, Daily played the main character of Babe -- a talking pig -- and she also portrayed Tommy Pickles in Nickelodeon's animated series The Rugrats. After a ten-year absence from recording, Daily returned to the studio in 1999 and produced the introspective, often confessional pop/rock album Tearing Down the Walls with Brad Gilderman and Harvey Mason Jr. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi