Tayá is blessed with a gift: a nuanced vocal talent with the innate ability to convey the full spectrum of human emotions. From love to fear, from joy to despair, Tayá has utmost control at capturing the exact tone to express that experience. It’s a trait that would be remarkable for anyone, but it’s all the more impressive given that the Liverpool-born singer is just 18-years-old.


Tayá has earned unanimous praise from a wide cross-section of tastemakers following a trio of introductory tracks. BEAT Mag described her as “the UK’s new dreamy R&B chanteuse of choice”¸ with Wonderland saying “Right now though, no one is nailing this sound quite like Tayá”.


Pigeons & Planes, Hunger, i-D, Wonderland, Mixmag, MTV and Notion also joined the growing legions of those tipping Tayá for the top, while with radio support included Mistajam, Clara Amfo, Trevor Nelson, DJ Target, Annie Mac and Toddla T.


It’s no surprise therefore that Tayá’s list of collaborators reads like a who’s who list of the world’s biggest and most influential talent. With a huge list of global R&B hits to his name, multiple-Grammy winner Rodney Jerkins was an obvious choice to help guide her immense promise, while Tayá has formed particularly strong bonds with Diztortion (Tinie Tempah, Sigma) and young singer-songwriter Eyelar (Charli XCX, Sango).


In addition, she has worked with Al Shux (co-writer of Jay-Z’s ‘Empire State of Mind’); DJ Khalil (Drake, Eminem); Starsmith (Jess Glynne, Ellie Goulding); innovative Soulection collective producer Sango; Fisticuffs (Miguel, Jhene Aiko); Snakehips (Tinashe, Chance The Rapper) and George Reid of Aluna George. Regardless of the collaborator, Tayá’s character permeates all of her material.


“The things that I love in terms of production are what I call underwater sounds – it's a super low-fi sound that gives it a muffled, echoey kind of bass effect”, she says. “I like a lot of space in my songs as well, and I try to write as honestly and straight to the point as I can. Working with different producers means that I love to hear different people’s ideas, but they all share a creative thread. They’re into same sort of music, so it all ties together really well.”


Rewind several years and Tayá hadn’t even entertained the prospect of music as a career. She attended a choir simply to spend time with her friends, but word of her potential spread and a meeting with her now management team eventually resulted in a recording deal.


“As soon as I met the team here and it felt a natural fit for me and I just went with the flow” she grins, pointing to her home at Atlantic Records where she’s part of a close-knit family of artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Clean Bandit & WSTRN .


She spent her childhood surrounded by a sonic soundtrack provided by the greats of Motown and Smooth FM’s slick playlists. The first artists she admired were the queens of the early 2000s R&B scene – Ciara, JoJo, Ashanti – and naturally her tastes continued to evolve with Jhené Aiko, Kehlani and Beyoncé all cited as contemporary favourites.


Since signing to Atlantic, Tayá’s focus has been focused on songwriting. “I’ve been in the studio writing songs almost every day. You could write a hundred songs, but maybe only five will be of the standard that I want.” How many has she written? “I couldn’t put a number on it!” she exclaims as a look of disbelief sweeps her face when she realises just how many she’s crafted. “Oh my god, there must be hundreds of them.”


Such dedication has reaped some rich rewards. ‘Got Me Wondering’ was the first of her own tracks that Tayá heard on the radio – albeit played back on the iPlayer while working in Los Angeles. ‘Sweet Waste of Time’ and ‘Fingerprints’ only magnified the attention bestowed upon her.


Having so far played a small but selective number of shows such as Liverpool Soundcity, Golddust, British Summer Time Festival, Hackney Oslo (with Elliphant) and the Jazz Café (with Shola Ama).  

Her debut "Deeper mixtape" set to be released imminently, and features a number of exciting new tracks that showcase her vocal and writing talents. 

She's also set to present a change of pace with a collaboration on a Redlight production titled "Here With Me".


That voice is the gift that keeps on giving – and one that will surely soon allow Tayá to be discovered by the masses soon. 

Nick Matthews
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