“I tried imagining what life would be like not to be a songwriter but that’s just who I am.”
Layla Frankel doesn’t fit in a box.
When she moved to Nashville in 2017, fresh off a cross-country tour in support of her debut EP, Tame The Fox, she tried. But 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.
Since then, 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 Raitt and the sophisticated pop sound of Sheryl Crow. It pays homage to the cryptic, poetic lyricism of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Most notably, it plays with melodies, unexpected chord structures, and showcases her stunning vocal power and agility - all of which can be found in spades when listening to her latest EP, Postcard From The Moon.
Produced by Grammy-honored guitarist, Jim Kimball, and recorded at the iconic StartStruck Studio in Nashville, Postcard from the Moon features 6 original tracks that showcase Layla’s timeless, soulful vocals, and skillful craft. 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.
In a world of boxes and labels, Layla’s record aims to redefine the lines that have been so carefully etched in our cultural musical lexicon. The new album is her answer to the fear, frustration, and perseverance she has experienced as a musician looking for her place in the world and finding her voice in the process.
Praise for "Tame the Fox"
Debut 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