On November 25, one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets was revealed, almost literally. Budding pop singer Naeya released her debut EP ‘Secrets’, bringing to light a talent that had been kept under wraps for far too long. Born in San Francisco, Naeya always knew she could sing; she had dreamed of a career as an entertainer since her childhood. But all through high school and college she suppressed that inner voice. It was not until after she had graduated that Naeya finally exposed her talent to the world by posting a YouTube video, pressured by family friend.
The response amazed her. Within a couple of hours the post had garnered thousands of views. From there things quickly began to pick up steam; she signed a management and production deal and relocated to Los Angeles in pursuit of musical stardom. Here she got the chance to work with Clayton William, a fellow San Franciscan who made his name producing the likes of E-40, Justin Bieber and Mr. Vegas. She also met John Strucel in the City of Angels, with whom she recorded a praiseworthy rendition of Adele’s ‘Hello’. The producer also helped bring out the dark, moody sound Naeya admired from the likes of FKA Twigs.
Naeya’s work with Strucel convinced Sleeping Giant Media and Alcon Entertainment she was worth taking a chance on. After signing a deal with the two companies the singer-songwriter embarked on her first project. Secrets is made up of four deeply emotive cuts that fit snugly into that narrow chasm between soul and electro-pop. The first of these is the stark ‘Enough’, which serves as the EP’s first single. In the words of its writer, the song is about “the common struggle in a relationship of two individuals afraid of letting each other in, completely. It’s about that moment in a relationship where two people choose to accept things as they are, not knowing there is something better if they let go of the baggage that holds them back from feeling again.”
Enough is followed by ‘White Noise” which is faintly reminiscent of Aaliyah’s timeless hits. But that haunting, dark quality lingers. While White Noise is slightly danceable, ‘Tuesday’ feels inspired by a Shakespeare-type movie; the scene where Juliet falls into Romeo’s arms. It is buoyed by a lush tapestry of strings and quiet piano strokes, giving it a cinematic sheen. The album closes on a melancholy note with ‘Too Close’, a song about an affair that shouldn’t have been allowed to blossom. Download the EP and unravel Naeya’s secrets at your own pace.
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