Layke is a ground-breaking artist that delights in pushing boundaries, both musically and in her socio-political beliefs. She believes in freedom of expression and going beyond societal norms.
It all took off for the singer after a chance meeting with singer-songwriter and producer Adrian Gurvitz (Andra Day, The Bodyguard soundtrack, Stevie Wonder) took place in 2016, the rest is history! We grabbed Layke for a quick one on one lockdown sessions chat.
Layke set out for Los Angeles to pursue a career in singing and songwriting, fierce determination, and unwavering tenacity in tow. The singer has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg, and is openly Bi.
Lakye, who identifies as pan/bisexual, is a staunch champion of the LGBTQIA+ community and an activist for openness and inclusivity. As a Catholic child of immigrants, growing up in Texas, she felt marginalised by the constraints of conservative society there. As she grew up, she found freedom and expression in performing arts and writing – even singing as a backing singer for a punk-rock band. It was a whole new world for her and a great solace from normality. It was her musical icons Freddie Mercury and Shirley Manson who fired up her ambition to become a singer, songwriter, and performer. Taking all her experiences and talent, and with a whole new direction in life, she packed her bags and moved to Los Angeles to make her dreams a reality.
Her new single ‘Going Out On a High’ is a socially conscious/political song that very much speaks to the current political climate in the U.S. (and, indeed, the world). The track is very timely given that in her home country an election will soon take place. Layke wrote the song for the marginalized and for those that fight to make this world a better place, even in the face of danger and violent opposition.