Shylah Ray is a driven, passionate and charismatic vocalist, musician, mother and activist. Blending grooves of Neo-Soul, Reggae and R&B, her sound induces an energy release, has uplifting melodies, and expresses emotional vocal performances that echo influential performers such as Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and Nai Palm, a few of her top female inspirations. Her voice is moving, soothing to the ear, and healing for the heart, while the live performance is exciting as well as upbeat and playful. Her soul shines through the sound, captivating the audience and leaving them wanting more, provoking singing and an empowered state of mind.
Hailing from Canada, Shylah began writing songs as a teenager, leaving home at young age to travel the world, and relocating to California. Taking after her mother and grandmother, who both shared the joy of singing, Shylah is self-taught on the piano, percussion and vocally. She has been performing since she was a small child, singing in school plays, open mics, karaoke bars and eventually taking her to the big stage for music and theatre, where she starred as Joanne in the classic Broadway play “RENT” and taking her to new heights in music and performance. After joining a reggae band in 2005, Shylah started her career singing backup for many well known artists in Los Angeles, and finally began writing original music after the home birth of her first child in 2006, also leading her into a path of Midwifery and Childbirth Education. Her hit song “Existence” became a favorite amongst women, spiritual teachers, yogis and fans all over the world after it was used for the non profit “Courage to Rise”, founded by the late Pslam Isadora. Its purpose of spreading awareness of the sexual violence women in India made a large impact and gained her recognition in the larger community. Her music is rooted in her vast life experience as a world traveler, an Algonquin Native, a mother of two daughters, a visionary musician and activist of many life-threatening causes.
Studio and live collaborations include the Luminaries, MC YOGI, Shiva Rea, Sol Rising, Clayton Joseph Scott, Tropo, Heartwurkz, Pachakroma, Elijah Ray, Shaman’s Dream, Desert Dwellers, and the Human Experience to name a few. She has opened for friends and popular musicians such as Rising Appalachia, Micheal Franti, Trevor Hall, Cornerstone, Dustin Thomas, Matis Yahu and the St. Croix based roots reggae band, Midnite.
Shylah performs her original music at a variety of venues and events, holding steady as the longest running female to maintain a residency gig in Ojai, her current home land. Shylah is currently touring the nation and plans to continue to compose new music of many different genres, including features on today’s up-to-date hot Pop and Electronic sound, recording a new EP, due out next year.
This young woman is on a mission to make love to music in the name of creation and to spread awareness on environmental protection and natural childbirth, is dedicated to a holistic lifestyle and is values the daily balance of home, family, career and a spiritual life. She holds the vision of healing the hearts of those in need and opening the voices of generations to come.
"When I hear Shylah sing I'm taken to a very deep part of my heart. Her music is uplifting, soulful, and funky. Her musical expression makes me get up and dance and leaves my heart elated. "