Los Angeles based Liyah Bey has a powerful voice that is classic, flexible, and endlessly adaptable. Having trained and performed professionally since she was a child, her breadth of talents and confidence have given her extraordinary opportunities, including singing Lauryn Hill’s parts at a Fugees concert in Moscow. Additionallym, Liyah has developed a successful show, ‘Lady Soul’, which is a gorgeous vocal tribute to the great Aretha Franklin.
That alone should be enough to explain the power of Liyah Bey’s unique voice and artistic vision. The first of her two latest tracks, ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’, is a slow, soulful ballad, which Liyah delivers with the force of a hurricane. The video features Liyah on the beach in Malibu, singing slowly, yet delivering the vocals strongly and affirmatively. Written by Bey herself, the song is a statement of purpose and has become a cornerstone of her live set.
‘Million Dollar Girl’ is a grand pop production, showcasting both Bey’s adaptability and her passion. The track was produced by the award winning Yan Perchuk, who is an audio engineer of great sensitivity, and has worked with everyone from Karmin, to jazz master Stanley Clarke. ‘Million Dollar Girl’ harks back to the soul classics of the 60s and 70s, and the video is as punchy and dynamic as such a song demands. Directed by Gev Miron, it’s a racey, cinematic clip, which starts out as a fashion shoot, and finishes in flames. There’s a spy story under it all, with the “million dollar girl”, played by Sapir Azulay (known for her work in ‘Teachers’, and ‘Trafficked’) involved in international espionage. She’s got a price on her head: she flirts with the photographer, and collects an SD card; she manages to get guns away from her assailant, and she leaves the scene while explosions light up her face. Bey plays a part in the clip too, passing a tape of her songs to Sapir; she’s also featured singing in several scenes, her breathtaking voice perfectly matched to all that’s going on.