“I tried imagining what life would be like not to be a songwriter but that’s just who I am.”
Praise for "Tame the Fox"
Debeut EP by layla frankel
"A fabulous and quite unique collection of songs, where melodic and high quality music is delivered with such beauty." - Beehive Candy
"Frankel’s voice is strong right out of the gate... it's blue-eyed soul w/ jazzy guitar lines recalling Dusty Springfield circa Dusty in Memphis." - Radio One Chicago
"...spirited folk-rock with tight harmonies, catchy songs, understated instrumentals and loads of Frankel's wonderfully expressive voice. With leanings from blues to jazz, this EP is a singular showcase of the artist's writing and vocal chops, with all else placed to enhance appearance like a chef plates an entree. Evocative, intimate and thoroughly enjoyable..." - Floorshime Zipper Boots
"Blurring and overlapping genre lines with forays into acoustic folk, jazz, R&B, blues and soul...The EP is in some ways a musical extravaganza." - Max Hammer - Indie Rock Cafe
Layla Frankel doesn’t fit in a box, and she’s decided to stop trying. When she moved to Nashville in 2017, she realized 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.
She was getting ready to throw in the towel and start working an office job when opportunity struck: a producer heard her music and asked to collaborate on a new EP. “I happened upon this project on the cusp of quitting music altogether,” Layla says. “I needed to have that moment of sheer panic and identity crisis to fully put both feet in.”
That producer was Jim Kimball, Grammy-honored guitarist for Reba McEntire, who was drawn to Layla’s “Soulcana” style: an amalgamation of pop, folk, soul, rock and blues influences. “I could tell she drew from a deeper well than many of the singer-songwriters that I’ve met here in Nashville,” he says.
Recorded at the iconic Starstruck Studios on Music Row, the new EP showcases her versatility as an artist, from an activist-fueled folk anthem to a retro-soul slow jam, to a jazzy ballad serenading her inner muse. Every song is written with intentional artistry, taking twists that surprise her listeners — and even herself. “This whole experience has been an invitation to take myself more seriously. I think that was the only thing missing.”