Shay Lia’s “All Up To You”: Vital Music During Dark Times
Shay Lia, a French-East African singer-songwriter, has used her talents to craft a sound that uses lively beats to highlight real issues.
Breaking into the industry with features including major artists like KAYTRANADA, Buddy, and Kojey Radical she made a statement. She hit the ground running with this multifaceted album, and her music continues to thrive.
Lia’s latest single is a testament to that. She uses uplifting lyrics layered over an afro-centric beat to get you grooving in empowerment.
“I know sometimes
It’s a lot to handle
Lonely but know why
It’s not a race against time
You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be
Life is a long ride
You gotta just enjoy the journey”
Lia talked about the song in a recent interview, “I wanted to create something positive for people to dance to in these crazy times. I wanted to feel reminded that we’re stronger than we think. I believe in the powers of words and music and I love creating inspirational songs full of warmth and joyful energy for everyone of any age to enjoy.”
In a climate filled with such uncertainty, piled on with the current social, political climate it would weigh heavily on just about anyone. But Lia uses her musical talent to provide positive affirmations, that would just let you find your “happy place” in a world of chaos.
Madison Hunt is an aspiring music journalist from Washington DC. Her love for music started at a young age, having played the percussion since the fourth grade, music has always been a huge part of her life. She has an extensive resume writing for local publications within the metropolitan area. Her hopes are to highlight the potential of the DMV music market, as well as, create impactful stories surrounding the progression of the music industry. She specializes in covering neo-soul events and musicians. Some of her favorite musicians include Lauryn Hill, India Arie, SZA, John Legend, Musiq Soulchild, and more.