Leila Dey Bio
Toronto's Leila Dey, has been pursuing her dream with persistence and lustre. With musicality embedded in her familial roots, Leila's talent was ingrained in her veins. Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Leila enhanced her talent and skills by collaborating with various local artists. After being introduced to the urban music scene, her reputation began to expand and blossom. Upon graduating from one of Toronto’s most respected universities with a double major and honours, Leila turned down a huge opportunity in her field of study, and dedicated herself to pursue and achieve success as an artist. Today, Leila is known for lending her smooth textured vocals to artists such as Vybez Kartel, Joel Ortiz, King Reign and Redway. She also performed at festivals like Luminato, Manifesto, Harbourfront Centre and more and did interviews with Vibe105.5 and G98.7.
After battling the devastating loss of her sister in late 2015, Leila transformed her thoughts and emotions into her craft, and put her heart, mind and soul into music. In July of 2016 her single ‘Vibe’ was released featuring Hakeem Roze which received over 20,000 plays on SoundCloud and also gets airtime on mainstream radio in Toronto.
February 13th 2017 marked the release of Leila's best work yet. Black Bouquet an incredible EP that tells a story of a girl who gets the love she's yearned for and then loses it all. It's told through Leila's sometimes sultry but always smooth and soulful vocals. While recording this EP, Leila starred in her debut film titled ‘Sweetheart,’ written and directed by Martha McGrath. The film, scored with tracks from Black Bouquet, won Best Short Film at its debut screening at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival on June 30, 2018. Leila was then selected as a semi-finalist for Best Actress for the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. Ready to show her versatility, Leila Dey gears up to release her latest single "Nobody Else" dropping July 2018. Leila Dey’s shyness and timid personality transform while performing, and her voice brings everything to life, beautiful in every way and hoping to inspire others.
Photographer: Jamie Barnett