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Info for Bailey Wiley EP
Bailey Wiley’s got soul, and she knows a thing or two about rhythm and blues.
Few artists come new to the game with such a fearless and complete approach to music. Bailey Wiley filters neo-soul classicism through modern, righteous production and true live musicianship. The star of the show is that golden voice -effortless and organic, itʼs like having honey poured into your ears.
Her band are raw talent epitomised and bring the Rhodes out front from the outset, complimenting those flawless, whisked harmonies with easy precision. Tracks like ʻFireʼ and ʻCigarettes And Regretsʼ evoke smokily, dimly lit bars and the ghosts of a thousand wasted nights. This is the kind of sweet soul that hurts your heart while it is turning you on. Made in collaboration with polyglot beatmaker and producer Swaren Veygal, IXL features six original cuts from two of New Zealandʼs most exciting new talents. Both of them are rising fast alongside a new generation of talented producers, beatmakers, rappers and singers carving out a niche all their own in New Zealandʼs bass culture. Amongst them featured MCs Raiza Biza and the San Fransisco-born Mr Carmack, both outrageously talented and prolific artists and performers.
"I've been lucky enough to record the EP at Red Bull Music Studios Auckland, and to work with some musical heroes of mine - Josh Fountain, Tom Scott, High Hoops, Smokey and Eno just to name a few. To get here, I needed to expand my horizons, step out of my comfort zone and share my creative with some fresh ears."
"This is my first self-titled project. And it's the first time I've felt like I've created a pure reflection of myself. I've been able to complete what I believe is my best work so far and I can't wait to share it with you."
Born in Hawera, Taranaki, Bailey grew up with the vintage sounds of 60s/70s soul and funk, the syncopated grooves of the late 90s/early 2000s RnB, and smooth glide of neo-soul, singing up a storm along the way. She studied performing arts in Christchurch and Dunedin and caught ears in Auckland with a soulful take on trap. Following that, Bailey decamped to Berlin to pen some new tracks, before returning to New Zealand and settling down in Auckland.
Bailey’s released three projects in five years, Inevitable, IXL, and S.O.M.M, racking up the Airpoints along the way performing around the world alongside the likes of Charlotte Day Wilson, SZA, Ladi6, Jess B, Tokimonsta, Rubi Du, Eno x Dirty, and Melodownz, headlining her own shows, and featuring in Fly My Pretties. Sniffers described her as, “taking the spirit of classic R&B and neo-soul, and reframing it inside modern electronic production,” and Noisey said ‘Never Ever,’ her collaboration with Miloux, “Will melt you.” A performance highlight was going to the states and being the only Kiwi who was chosen to perform at Red Bull’s ‘30 Days in Chicago’, a one-month festival where she opened for Syd of The Internet fame.
Last year, Bailey divided her time between youth mentoring projects, and recording in Red Bull Studios Auckland with producers Soraya LaPread, ENO, S.F.T, musicians Julien Dyne, Guy Harrison, Sam Jones, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, taking time to produce her self titled EP, arriving in 2019 via A Label Called Success.
The first single from her new project is ‘Sugar’ is an S.F.T produced bop featuring a guest rap from soulful Avondale local Melodownz. The track reached number one on Radio Active FM, and spent eight weeks in the Hot NZ Singles Chart, peaking at number seven.
Her golden voice, dignified presence, and heartfelt songwriting are the product of perseverance. Focusing on quality over quantity, this EP developed over a meaningful and tumultuous period of Bailey’s life, the final product arriving with the benefit of retrospect and maturity. Bailey describes the project as ‘open and honest. It’s important to release music you absolutely love. Throughout the writing process, I went through some very confronting moments, creatively and in my life. The songs are all individually special and carrying their own truths.” Life held her to the fire, and in the heat of the moment, she came to terms with what really matters.
Arriving on May 17th, six track EP is a refined selection of this process, from the sassy 'Zaddy' along with animated video, or the love struck 'Between the Lines'. This EP is the essence of Bailey Wiley, and the arrival was celebrated with the announcement of a five date New Zealand tour.
With an ever-expanding discography, the success of her new self-titled EP under her belt along with a nationwide tour to tie it all together, 2019 marks another momentous year for Bailey Wiley.
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