After dropping a few hot joints alongside the likes of Jesse Royal and Sizzla on XTM Nation productions like the “Long Days, Short Nights” Riddim, Kayla Bliss steps up today with a brand new one-away single called “Red Hott,” which premiered today via Mass Appeal.
The rhythm track, an update of Alton Ellis’s classic “Can I Change My Mind” featuring Sly Dunbar on drums and Donald Dennis on bass, bubbles like soup on a fire while Kayla sings about why she, Kareem “Reemus” Burrell, and the whole XTM Family are, in fact, “Red Hott.”
Even when the Brooklyn-based singer is making moves with one of Jamaica’s most respected production teams she makes sure her “nails well done… hair intact”—oh yeah, and she always burns “the stinkest of hash.” What better way to mark the late great Phillip “Fatis” Burrell’s birthday than to continue his musical legacy?
Label - XTM.Nation
Producer - Kareem Burrell
Artiste - Kayla Bliss
Drums - Sly Dunbar
Bass - Donald Dennis
Keyboard - Lamar 'RIff Raff' Brown & Donald Dennis
Guitar - Mitchum Khan Chin
Brooklyn born with Jamaican blood best describes the places from whence Kayla Bliss comes. She rides reggae riddims like Sanchez or Marcia Griffiths, still taking inspiration from legends like Anita Baker and Roberta Flack. She writes her songs, taking cues from Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Lastly, she gives it a modern bounce, like classic Brandy or Mary J. Blige. A lot of singers wouldn’t be able to deliver a melting pot of styles like this, but Kayla Bliss does it with ease.
Kayla went from singing in local talent shows and church in Brooklyn as a child, to opening for Buju Banton and Super Cat at 18. Somewhere in between there she gained experience on great stages like Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Cipriani, and Lincoln Center. After a childhood packed with classical vocal training and musical theory, Kayla took every musical boundary she knew and broke it.
Kayla struggled to find a musical home early in her career. She was bouncing back and forth between heart clenching R&B ballads, bass heavy lovers rock , and beat driven hip hop. Kayla built a fanbase by producing melodic masterpieces and female anthems on her first mixtapes “Face The Music” and HeadPhones & Halos”. Her first two mixtapes granted her a heavy internet presence, and got rave reviews from notable websites and blogs.
Finally in 2011 Kayla teamed up with the legendary Xterminator Productions for her worldwide. Headed by Phillip “Fattis” Burrell and, heir to the throne, Kareem “Remus” Burrell, Kayla proceeds to lace airwaves with smooth melodies and lush harmonies backed by the rhythm and bass of the unstoppable duo, Sly & Robbie. Now that she has been dubbed “Audio Angel” (also the name of her highly anticipated EP), soon she will step foot on every stage for fans of every genre with true crossover grace.
With a whimsical, loving, musical style, Ms. Kayla Bliss is leading the new world music movement.