Author and interpreter born in Djibouti, Shay Lia invites you through her music in her universe of both rhythm, sensuality and mystery. She started getting attention after the release of the Soundcloud single "Virgo" produced by OVO signee Stwo, but it really was with the release of "Leave me Alone" she wrote for Kaytranada's debut "99.9%," released on XL Recordings, that she bursted onto the scene in 2016.
In 2017, Shay Lia made her solo debut with the release of "Blue," a timeless soul/R'n'B ballad produced by both BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada. It got her to be noticed by i-D, BET France, Beats 1 and BBC Radio. The same year, she performed at Coachella and AfroPunk both being her first performances ever. Few months later, she went on her first mini tour in Europe she closed in London, at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Hosted by BBC 1Xtra trend setter Jamz Supernova.
After her first year, Shay went on to release more singles presenting herself as an alternative version of young Janet Jackson for her dancing style and songwriting. Shay Lia closed 2018 with the release of two more songs with Sango and Stwo diversifying her music and she is now actively working on her debut EP due for Spring.