Shay Lia is a Djiboutian-French singer-songwriter based in Montreal. She first bursted onto the scene as a singer-songwriter on the critically acclaimed single "Leave Me Alone," found on Kaytranada's first album, 99.9% (XL Recordings) back in 2016.
In 2017, with the release of "Blue," she was rocketed into the limelight with support from BBC Radio, Dazed, Fader & BET France.
This enigmatic songstress invites listeners into a universe full of sensuality, rhythm, and mystery. Deeply involved in every aspect of her music project, Shay unfolds a unique contemporary R&B performance, dancing on stage with particular fervor, almost reminiscent of a young Janet Jackson, circa 1987's "The Pleasure Principle." Combined With her soul-pop sound, you can't help but to start dancing to every beat, trying to emulate her energetic presence.
After performing at Coachella, Afropunk, Red Bull Music, We Love Green FestivaI, and a self-titled mini European tour, she has been Working on her elusive EP, which is set to debut in February 2019.
The upcoming EP, due Feb 2019, is a futuristic R&B/soul/funk oriented project building its sonic identity around the newly released summer jam, "Funky Thang."
Shay Lia and Kaytranada have joined forces on 4 singles: "Funky Thang,"...
"Blue" w/ added support from BADBADNOTGOOD, "Cherish," and "What's Your Problem." Also, she has teamed up with OVO signee STWO to make "Virgo," a single with over a million plays. Cassie, XO, Poptartpete, Lou Phelps, Planet Giza, and Jevon are just a few of the many names she has collaborated with.