Layla Frankel doesn't fit in a box, and she's decided to stop trying. When she moved to Nashville in 2017, she sought out musical standing in the neatly defined singer-songwriter scene and the cliques of wannabe country stars. But 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. Raised in a musical family in Chicago, Layla began performing on stage when she was just four years old. Over the years, Layla's music has developed into a form all of its own, with a genre that might be best described as "Soulcana." It integrates the vocal style of Bonnie Rait and the sophisticated pop sound of Yola. It pays homage to the cryptic, poetic lyricism of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Most notably, it plays with melodies and unexpected chord structures, learned from studying jazz, and showcases her stunning vocal power and agility.
Produced by Jim Kimball, a Grammy-honored guitarist who has played for years with Reba McEntire, and recorded at the iconic StartStruck Studio in Nashville, Layla's latest release, "Postcard from the Moon," features 6 original tracks. Layla's R&B single, "You Can't Love Me Like I Loved You," was a finalist in both the 2020 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and The Great American Song Contest, and "Josephine" was a semi-finalist in the Music City Song Star songwriting contest.