Rising Star Hayla Reveals She Wrote Dance Hit “I’m Free” About Her Gay Ex-Boyfriend
Drawing musical inspiration from a multicultural background that includes ancestry from Egypt, Greece, Yemen and Spain, multifaceted singer and live percussionist Hayla brings a dynamic dash of exotica to the global dance scene as she boldly declares: “I'm Free” in her current Billboard dance hit. Hayla secured her first label deal in Israel at 17 and quickly scored a #1 chart hit.
After moving to the U.S. in 2005, she lived first in Miami and then settled in Los Angeles, where she continues her music career. Over the past few years, Hayla has toured the U.S. with the Arabic group, the Yuval Ron Ensemble; was lead singer for the Jewish Symphony; sang at comedian Wanda Sykes' wedding; and recorded vocals for several projects by Academy Award winning composer James Horner (“Titanic,” “Avatar”). Her single “Paulina,” sung in both Spanish and English is also currently charting in clubs and on dance radio.
Born into a musical family, Hayla was raised by two lesbian moms and is the daughter of a gay hairstylist. Experiencing the wrath of prejudice during her youth, Hayla is all about love and compassion today. She believes that everyone should be free to express themselves with honesty.
Hayla is breaking many music industry barriers few new artists are able to penetrate. The international singer-songwriter and percussionist with lush vocals is enjoying Billboard charting success with her new single “I’m Free.” Hayla divulges that “I’m Free” was written after she shockingly discovered her boyfriend of 7 years in bed with another man.
“I wrote ‘I’m Free’ because I surprisingly found my boyfriend of 7 years cheating on me with another man,” explains Hayla. “But guess what? I didn't freak out at all. Everything was cool because a person needs to be true to himself first. I was just so amazed that I didn’t figure it out sooner! [Laughs] We were both set free to find our true selves.”Continued on the next page