Neosoul artist Anhayla will be performing on “Opening Night” of this year’s 24th Annual Down Home Family Reunion, which takes place Friday, August 15th.
Multi-talented while remaining truly unique, Anhayla (Ahn-hay-lah), a Virginia native, is a songstress, writer and guitarist whose sounds have captured the heart and minds of her fans.
She has performed nationwide at such places as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, the French Embassy in Washington D.C, The Richmond Jazz Festival, The Carib Culture Unity Festival, the 102nd NAACP National Convention in Los Angeles, and numerous Universities. Anhayla was chosen to showcase as a featured BET Music Matters artist in New York City. Also, Anhayla has shared the stage with national acts such as Kendrick Lamar, Chrissette Michelle, Future, Cedric the Entertainer, Pusha T, Poncho Sanchez and George Benson.
Like most artist, Anhayla has humble beginnings growing up in a musical family. Anhayla started singing in the church and fell in love with her craft at the tender age of five. In her religious household secular music was foreign until her Mother allowed her to have Aaliyah’s “One in A Million” album for Christmas. Aaliyah along with Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Green Day, Dru Hill and others would grow to become major influences for Anhayla’s musical development.
The sound that is Anhayla is an infusion of R&B, Soul and Rock but she herself likes to say, “I just take a little bit from every genre and put it into my music. I sing about life so I try not to put myself in a box.” Anhayla’s works include her single “If i Was” (2013), mixtape “If i Was” (2012), her EP “U.G.L.Y.” (2012), and her single “Call Me Selfish” (2011) Anhayla’s star is one to watch, as she will shine bright in this world.
Be sure to get your tickets in advance and take advantage of online savings.