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Meet Shayla

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shayla.

Shayla, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Singing and songwriting is something that has always been a part of my life, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to share my talent with the public. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA where I first learned about how to record in a professional studio and about the various elements of creating a song from start to finish. I moved from San Jose to Los Angeles to attend college and study business and marketing. During college, I signed to a modeling and commercial agency where I landed print, runway, and acting jobs.

During this time, I sang and wrote songs but only for personal use. I had always feared pursuing a music career, mainly because of how personal it was to me. It was difficult for me to share such a vulnerable side. I got married in 2014 to an amazing man, Sylvanus, that inspired me to follow my dreams. After we struggled with a number of pregnancy losses, I took to writing music to help me get through depression. With the motivation of my husband and the desperate feeling of wanting to feel happy again, I decided to record and release my first public single, “S.P.L.” “S.P.L.” is a feel good summer jam that will remind you of the 90’s. After I released my first single, I immediately shot a video. I received amazing feedback and gained a substantial fan base.

I’m so happy that I can confidently call myself an artist. I’ve released two albums, had the opportunity to perform in Los Angeles and my hometown of San Jose, and have collaborated with producers in the UK and Latin America.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Definitely not. Being an independent artist is a struggle with knowing exactly what your next moves should be. Art is subjective so when releasing a new song, there is always the uncertainty of whether or not people will like or even understand your music. It’s definitely a rollercoaster of emotion but I try to hard to stay focused on my goals and stay true to myself.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am an R&B singer and songwriter. I do not try to be on trend. I’m very much inspired by 90’s R&B and House music. I write about things that I know and have actually experienced.

I also recently wrote a short film that is inspired by the music from my album titled “Night Ride Home. I’m very proud about it and I hope to be able to release by 2021.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for me is being able to set a goal and achieve it. I understand that life does not always go as planned but goals motivate me to keep going. Success is staying true to myself, maintaining my positive energy, and living my life to its full capacity.

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Sylvanus Leone

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