By Stevie Connor.
Rising Toronto R&B artist Aqyila is poised to cement her place in the music scene with the release of her highly anticipated debut EP, For The Better. The project, an introspective collection that draws inspiration from the highs and lows of her own personal journey.
Aqyila’s ascent to prominence began with a viral TikTok showcasing her track, “Vibe for Me (Bob For Me),” intriguing audiences worldwide with her unique blend of soulful vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. The bouncy song has reached 19M streams worldwide, and was released with Sony Music Entertainment Canada, resulting in her very first JUNO Award nomination in 2022 for Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year. Building on this early success, For The Better delves deeper into her artistic exploration, inviting listeners to join her on a transformative expedition through life’s adventures.
Stating her mission to make music that is both uplifting and meaningful, Aqyila herself says, “when you hear these songs, everyone should hear the joy and the community that backs me and fuels me.”
For The Better is a collection of songs, including, “Hello,” “OH!,” “Vibe for Me (Bob For Me)” and “Pressure,” about self-realization and healing that portray Aqyila’s personal journey for the listener. Written between Toronto and Los Angeles, each track serves as a letter to self, a testament to the power of affirmation and the realizations that come with embracing one’s own self-worth.
Aqyila’s distinct musical style effortlessly blends genres, fusing elements of R&B, soul, and pop, resulting in a sound that is uniquely hers. With heartfelt lyrics and melodic compositions, her music resonates with audiences of all backgrounds. The themes of raw honesty and vulnerability showcased in Aqyila’s music thus far, have garnered much praise, with mentions from media such as CBC, MuchMusic, Etalk, ET Canada and more. Her undeniable talent and relatable storytelling have captivated critics and listeners alike, solidifying her position as an artist to watch.