Layla Rhule embraces her originality | Entertainment
With several young female artistes being recognised and rewarded for their choice to release clean, positive music, recording artiste Layla Rhule believes there is hope for her music.
She has released numerous self-produced singles about love and life and has found it challenging to meet the requests of other producers and colleagues within the industry that share the view that sex sells.
Noting the success of artistes like Jah 9, Lila Ike, Koffee, and Naomi Cowan, Layla Rhule said being ‘sexy’ is relative.
“It is not about being dressed provocatively but being confident in your skin. These ladies have shown a different side of the music and branding. They have music that can resonate with the masses,” said Layla Rhule.
The Get Away artiste was also urged to choose dancehall because she was told being raunchy would get her recognised quicker and choosing reggae would be harder.
“I love reggae and dancehall, but I am constantly told that venturing into R&B or pop will not land me a fan base in Jamaica. This has always puzzled me because I know several Jamaicans who enjoy a variety of genres. So, I have opted to mix different genres to create a balance for my fans. After all, music is about expressing yourself,” she said.
She hopes to create change through her music and wants to be remembered for the positive impact her music can create worldwide. She added, “I want to be heard and appreciated because my lyrics were compelling. I also want to be acknowledged as a talented musician.”
Apart from Get Away, she has also recorded Aftereffects, Let’s Talk About It, and You Deserve That Oscar, as part of her upcoming EP Thoughts That Hang On My Mind.
She began shooting the visuals for Get Away but opted to postpone the remaining shoot because of the effects of COVID-19.