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Layla Frankel

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Layla Frankel doesn’t fit in a box, and she’s decided to stop trying. When she moved to Nashville in 2017, she realized she was too bluesy for the country artists, too poppy for folk, and she had more soul on stage than most Nashville audiences had seen before.
She was getting ready to throw in the towel and start working an office job when opportunity struck: a producer heard her music and asked to collaborate on a new EP. “I happened upon this project on the cusp of quitting music altogether,” Layla says. “I needed to have that moment of sheer panic and identity crisis to fully put both feet in.”
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.”

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