by Shonette Reed
With nearly 18,000 Facebook page likes and 60,000+ YouTube subscribers, Virginia native Anhayla has taken the world – both on the Internet and on the stage – by storm. The songstress, writer, and guitarist has had opportunities to play nationwide including venues and events as large as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the 102nd NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles.
Like many of today’s up-and-coming R&B singers, Anhayla notes that she has been influenced by Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, and many others. However, she has still developed a unique sound throughout her career. On January 22nd, she will release her new and much-awaited mixtape “Spaceship.”
If you haven’t heard much of Anhayla, I suggest you familiarize yourself with her YouTube videos, in which her incredible vocal skills are showcased through distinctive covers of popular songs. She recently released a cover of Chris Brown’s “Drunk Texting” featuring Jhene Aiko, with fellow up-and-coming artist T-Soul.
And if you didn’t get enough of her there, you should also check out her original song, "If I Was (I Think I Love You)", which also shows off her original songwriting skills.
What do you think? Are you an Anhayla fan?
Shonette Reed is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her interests include fashion, reading, travelling, music, and art.