Praised by BBC Introducing and Clash, Watford born Kayla Grace’s introductory track ‘Bird In A Cage’ positioned the 21-year-old as an artist and songwriter of immense potential. Now it’s time for Kayla to make a bigger impact as she shares her new single ‘Nobody Loves Me’, which is out now on Good Taste Recordings and features
on Spotify’s New Music Friday UK
. Listen HERE.
The opening line of ‘Nobody Loves Me’ quickly grabs your attention with Kayla’s simple but engaging statement, “I think my therapist hates me.” She goes on to explore the fear that she has upset everyone who is significant in her life. While she realises that her fear borders on paranoia, there’s no escaping the fact that the scars of childhood remain even when you’re finding your own way in the world.
But within the darker emotional themes of the song, Kayla Grace has discovered an uplifting sound that will provide escapism for people who are experiencing similar issues. It’s authentic, affecting bedroom pop with a vivacious emo edge.
Kayla says, “Nobody Loves Me is basically the embodiment of the intrusive thoughts I have from my unhealed inner child. I had a complicated childhood and found a lot of my needs were ignored so I always believed that everyone hated me. Things are better now ,but I think I dragged that cloud with me into teenage years/adulthood and can’t shake it off.”
Kayla Grace wrote ‘Nobody Loves Me’ with the song’s producer, Joe Wander, and Mikey Gormley.
‘Nobody Loves Me’ is accompanied by a largely homegrown visual, which sees Kayla bring her words to life in a playful, provocative style. Filmed in her hometown of Watford, it also features animations from Emily Hoang, which are based on the illustrations she designed for the single’s artwork. Watch HERE.
For Kayla, music is an outlet to help her work her way through a minefield of growing pains. Whether it’s with relationships, family or mental health issues, she uses songwriting as a cathartic expression that helps her make sense of the world around her. Her hometown of Watford inspires many of her lyrics. Like so many teenagers and young adults who live in suburban commuter towns, Kayla grew up frustrated by the limitations of her local area. While in many ways she was so close to the infinite possibilities presented by London, she also felt like those opportunities were frustratingly just out of reach.
In recent months, Kayla Grace has seen her following take-off on TikTok. A demo version of her song ‘Speed Dial’ has been used in 90,000 video creations on the platform. There will also be more to come from Kayla in the live arena, as she builds upon her previous UK shows as guest to Baby Queen.