Leila Dey: blooming through the Black Bouquet

Like a flower in a garden facing conditions that each season brings, Leila Dey faces her adversity with determination and grace. This is evident on her latest EP, Black Bouquet. With exceptional production, beautiful lyrics and stunning delivery, Leila blooms on each track. But this growth didn’t happen overnight – Leila grew up on stage, singing at restaurants and events from an early age. Transitioning from a period of a more rap/hip-hop heavy style, to her soul-inflected R&B sound today, Leila’s versatility has allowed her to grow in different climates. With numerous collaborations, including Vybz Kartel, Luu Breeze and Joell Ortiz, to headlining major events in the city, the spotlight is sunlight, and Leila is blossoming from her roots. We sat down for a chat at Sandbox Studios to delve a bit more into her story.