Kayla SiMaya is an R&B singer and songwriter based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from North Carolina, Kayla is known for mixing the vibe of R&B with the lyricism of hip hop. Currently, she’s working on her EP called “25 Roses”, studying songwriting at the Berklee College of Music, and becoming a more and more familiar face for the people of Atlanta.
BuzzMusic is happy to release Kayla SiMaya’s new single “Set the Tone”, which is available on all major music platforms. This song certainly sets the tone, and that’s one of relaxation, contemplation, and sheer bliss. Every element of this song, from the beats, the vocals, and the production induces a soothing atmosphere that someone can easily become lost in. The detail of every element in this song seems to indicate that this young artist has talent beyond her years.
Listen to “Set the Tone” here, and you’ll set a great tone for the rest of your day!
Don't forget to check the artists exclusive interview below!
Hey Kayla! Nice to chat with you. Would you mind telling us a bit about your background and how you got involved with music and songwriting?
Thank you for having me! My musical journey is rather interesting in my opinion. When I was two or three, I was in a daycare and one of the daycare teachers taught us a song. I can’t remember what the song was now, but when my mom came to pick me up, my daycare teacher told her that I could sing. My mom didn’t believe, so my teacher had me sing the song she taught us. After that I was singing in church, in school plays and for EVERYONE’s birthday. I took a break from music in high school because I thought I wanted to be a Sociologist, but something inside me kept me writing at the very least. I moved to Georgia after graduating from high school and that’s when I started to take music and songwriting seriously. And now I’m studying Songwriting at the Berklee College of Music online.
You just released a single called “Set the Tone”, could you describe the meaning and message behind this song?
“Set The Tone” is one of my favorites that I’ve written. It really embodies the message that I want to put throughout anything that I create, which is to respect and love yourself no matter what. The idea of setting the tone came to me after a few friendships of mine went really sour and that’s the moment that I’m speaking to with this song. In the past, I’ve allowed people to not treat me as good as they should and this song overturns those moments for me.
Who are some of the artists that inspire and influence you?
6lack is one of the few artists that have inspired me to be true me and my story. On a creative level, I’m really inspired by SZA and Ari Lennox.
As a songwriter, would you briefly describe what your creative process looks like?
Before writing any song or even recording, I always pray. God is the ultimate creator, so I like to include Christ in my creative process. But when it comes writing, as soon as I hear the first few seconds of a track, words pop into my head. I sing them aloud until the next few words comes. Once I get the first two lines of a song, I pause the music and the lyrics start to flow. I wish I were gifted enough to not write lyrics down, but I’m way too forgetful.
What can we look forward to from Kayla SiMaya in the future?
More music! I’m at the beginning of my career and I’m only looking to share and spread this fire and love that I have within me. I want my music to encourage people to do what they love and to love themselves endlessly. And I’m claiming it now: I will write a song for 6lack one day soon.
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