That producer was Jim Kimball, Grammy-honored guitarist for Reba McEntire, who was drawn to Layla’s “Soulcana” style: an amalgamation of pop, folk, soul, rock and blues influences. “I could tell she drew from a deeper well than many of the singer-songwriters that I’ve met here in Nashville,” he says.
Recorded at the iconic Starstruck Studios on Music Row, the new EP showcases her versatility as an artist, from an activist-fueled folk anthem to a retro-soul slow jam, to a jazzy ballad serenading her inner muse. Every song is written with intentional artistry, taking twists that surprise her listeners — and even herself. “This whole experience has been an invitation to take myself more seriously. I think that was the only thing missing.”