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Meet Trailblazer Makayla

Today we’d like to introduce you to Makayla.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Makayla. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Well, I have been singing for fun since I was about three years old, I say for fun because when I was younger, I wanted to be a chef and an ice skater. So, singing was just something I liked to do in the car on my way home. I didn’t actually start taking singing seriously until I was about 9 or 10 years old. I remember during elementary school, we had a talent show coming up, for some reason I felt like I was doing a good enough job singing in the shower that I should take a risk and be in the talent show to see if other people heard what I thought I was hearing. I performed the song “Pyramid” by Charice and I remember the feeling I got being on that stage and the reaction I got from all of my friends and teachers. Even my mom (who at the time also didn’t know I could sing) was impressed by my talent. So then, I knew that this was something more than just a thing I do in the shower. After that, I took it more seriously and started taking vocal lessons to improve my skill. But I still didn’t know how to write music, just how to sing it. I didn’t learn how to write music until I went to college and took a songwriting class and something immediately clicked. And from then on, I have been writing non-stop. Once again, improving my skill. Now, I have a single out called “Millionaire’ with an EP that I just dropped called ‘Four Me that I am so proud of!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has definitely not been smooth, I had struggles with finances, bad relationships, self-esteem, writer’s block, procrastination, down to one of the worst of them all for me – Vocal Rest. I remember I had developed nodes on my vocal cords which are little calluses that form on your vocal cords from improper treatment and I had to limit my speaking and refrain from singing for three months. I felt like my entire world was over because the one thing I would do every day and that gave me that indescribable feeling was being snatched away from me, it was for sure an extremely sad three months! But with all that being said and all of those extremely dark moments in my life, I was able to turn them all into pretty nice songs! So, my advice for women, young or old, would be to find the light in every situation and make something good from it! Analyze it, Feel Through It, Accept It, And Move On! It is okay to feel feelings in situations, that is natural, but do not let it take over your life, it’s way too short!

What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I am a singer and a songwriter, but I specialize in singing.

As I am known for my singing, I gained recognition on Instagram for a cover video that I did to Cardi B’s “I Like It”. I made the hip-hop anthem an R&B song, and I think that is when I began to build an audience.

I am the proudest of my progress, my determination, and my creativity. I feel like I have come a long way and I never once thought about giving up or changing plans. I am very proud of the music I was able to create in the time being. I am proud of being an independent artist and that I have been able to release my music without a label. That’s not an easy thing to do so to do it is definitely something to be proud of.

I think what sets me apart from others is my voice and my personality. My voice brings something different from what I think a lot of people have heard lately. And my writing is different. I can literally write about anything. And I write songs that are fun and relatable in so many different aspects. And I think my personality is raw and real and it seeps through my music and through my voice.

Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
Of course. I have dealt w/ failure like anybody. But, I also dealt w/ bullying and not being accepted for who I was. But all of that helped me grow tougher skin and learn that the only person who should accept me for me is me. I should be who I am 100% and show the world who I am.

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Photographer on Blue Photos: Hana Zebzabi @hanazebzabi

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