Following her latest release “16“, rising star BAYLI kicks off with a new debut EP ‘stories from new york‘
The collection of songs piece together a mosaic of stories that define BAYLI’s self-discovery through introspection and evolution. The genre-defying project is an invitation into her world, of which BAYLI notes, “The concept really just came naturally. As we started to make songs for the project, I noticed that they all had this storyline that brought me back to NYC. With all the ways the city has influenced my identity with music and art and fashion and even my family’s identity too, it just felt so right.”
From treating girls to a night out and indulging in “sushi for breakfast” the next morning, to establishing power over her ex (and other men) on “boys lie,” BAYLI asserts her strength as a Black, queer woman.
BAYLI says, “NYC is a tough city to grow up in as it really has so much talent here you can go overlooked. I think it teaches you to follow our dreams and focus on what you can control. Your neighbor who is a regular person could be a huge fashion Designer in the blink of an eye or the next viral artist. I think if anything Ny teaches you that without focus and determination it’s impossible.”
Born an orphan in the UK, BAYLI’s mother immigrated to NYC from London at age 16. Originally a poem, the single illustrates the heroic hardships her mother faced in the years of her travels and the things she taught BAYLI and her siblings from her experiences.