Tylah’s Journey from Pain to Freedom | Local features
EVEN as the curtains fell on live performances last year, singer / songwriter Tylah Ariel continued to work, perfecting her craft and releasing new music. In May 2020, the talented Trinidadian / American alternative pop artist re-recorded her single “Misery” which she then released in October.
His second single “Breathe”, produced by Kyle Phillips, was released on Friday and is already showing promise. The song captures the journey from pain to freedom and has been in rotation on a college radio station in New York City, and radio stations in the Caribbean and the United States have also expressed interest in the track.
“My music has received great feedback and it sounds like such a big accomplishment,” says the 26-year-old, whose silky smooth voice has been compared to Sade. “I’ve been writing music for a long time, so the fact that people respond well to my songs confirms that I’m doing a good job.”
As far back as she can remember, Tylah Ariel has always loved to sing. In elementary school, she sang in the choir and took part in competitions. Growing up, she spent a lot of time with her grandparents whose musical tastes included legends like Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Mathis. Besides the classics, Tylah Ariel listened to John Mayers, Celine Dion, Seal and everyone else on her parents’ playlist. Other inspirations include Billie Eilish and Lianne La Havas, the daughter of the music industry.
At the age of 18, Tylah Ariel knew she wanted to take her singing and songwriting talent to the next level. She entered a music program at the University of Trinidad & Tobago and received classical training for four years. Since then, Tylah Ariel has honed her skills.
“People find it hard to categorize my music because there are so many different elements,” she says with a chuckle. “I let people decide what they want to do with it, but I would say it’s R&B and a little alternative.”
Even though Tylah Ariel considers herself an introvert, that has never stopped her from doing her job and releasing her music for public consumption. In fact, Tylah Ariel was so determined to keep working on music that even a pandemic couldn’t put an end to her plans.
“I tried to get the big picture; although things are uncertain, I decided to focus on what I have control over – making music. Being disciplined also helped me, I was determined to practice every day and keep going instead of turning around and doing nothing, ”she says. “Recording music during a pandemic was by no means easy, we had to find the safest way to do it and follow all health protocols. It was like a yo-yo, one day we were able to work, the next day we couldn’t. As much as we expected, circumstances changed, forcing us to pivot.
But all the work she’s done is worth it. Judging by the positive feedback “Breathe” has received, the track could very well take Tylah Ariel to the next level. She is already planning to release new music soon.
“I’m focused on music full time and building my catalog right now,” says Tylah Ariel. “I love making music, that’s what comes most naturally to me.”
Tylah Ariel’s music can be found on all streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.