CANADIAN R&B ARTIST AQYILA RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR VIRAL TIKTOK HIT “VIBE FOR ME”
CANADIAN R&B ARTIST AQYILA RELEASES
OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR VIRAL TIKTOK HIT
“VIBE FOR ME”
[Toronto, ON – August 25, 2021] Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the newest signing of R&B singer-songwriter, Aqyila! Today, Aqyila brings to life the highly anticipated official video debut for her global smash hit “Vibe For Me.” Watch the video HERE.
Rising star Aqyila (pronounced ak-ee-lah) is a 22-year-old Toronto, Ontario native who began writing songs and singing covers in her bedroom. In 2020, inspired by a beat, she started singing about a bob shaped wig for fun on TikTok, titled “Bob For Me,” which ultimately took off and now boasts over 20 million views on the popular video-making app.
Nearly 5 million TikTok users from around the world created their own videos to the track, and eventually fans demanded a full version of the song, so she recorded her official debut single “Vibe for Me (Bob for Me).” Highlighting her enigmatic tone and impressive range over hummable glassy guitar, it vaulted into the Top 100 of the TikTok All Time Top Tracks Chart and has since accumulated over nearly 10 million streams worldwide and over 3 million YouTube views. It also landed on the Spotify Viral 50 chart in Brazil, the Philippines, New Zealand, and beyond. Furthermore, the clip even caught the attention of mega-influencers Merrick Hanna and Dixie D’Amelio, as well as celebs like Monica and Lizzo.
“I was shocked,” she laughs. “I was singing about a wig for fun. I wasn’t doing anything crazy or outrageous to go viral. I was just being myself. I didn’t expect anything. So, it was a really great feeling.”
Taking viewers back in time with a nostalgic feel of the early 2000s, the music video for “Vibe For Me,” directed by Kevin Lien, showcases Aqyila’s bright and charming charisma. With lyrics like, “Nobody’s quite like you / Baby you got confidence, it’s true / You got a way with your words / Forget a stage, you’ll be heard / You elevate, know your worth,” the all-female cast compliments the track’s message of positivity, female-empowerment, and self-love.
Combined with her effervescent personality and her distinctive soulful tone, Aqyila’s meteoric talent and drive to succeed puts her on the right trajectory for rising stardom. Stay tuned for more music to come from Aqyila!
More about Aqyila:
As a vocalist and songwriter, Aqyila leans on her instincts, first and foremost. Harmonies drip like honey without effort, while her dazzling vocal runs explode straight from the heart. Twisting and turning with ease, her voice naturally wraps around guitar-laced and beat-driven production drenched in soul with a touch of island flavor. She unassumingly breaks the boundaries between genres and borders. Aqyila continues to elicit an innate emotional connection from audiences worldwide, charting on Spotify across four continents and generating tens of millions of views and streams.
Born of Jamaican descent in Toronto, Canada, music surrounded Aqyila. The voices of gospel titans Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, and Fred Hammond piped through her home just as loudly as R&B favorites such as Dru Hill, Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tamia. Her father even used to DJ back in Jamaica, sharing this passion for music with the family. Simultaneously, she obsessed over Nat King Cole and Whitney Houston before eventually discovering the likes of Jazmine Sullivan, Ari Lennox and Sabrina Claudio.
Prior to her viral success on TikTok, Aqyila gained attention on her YouTube channel, where she began posting cover’s during her first year of high school. Her cover of Alessia Cara’s “Here” and a Rihanna x Gyptian x PARTYNEXTDOOR mashup, receiving recognition from the artists directly. Aqyila has since cemented herself as an original songwriter with more of her own stories to tell.
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