HALIFAX, Canada-based singer Laydee Vee started out doing gospel music. However, the rhythm and blues singer has a passion for reggae music.
That passion has led her to collaborate with one of her musical heroes, Sizzla. They recently teamed up for the song Style of Your Stars which also features Quezi Bey.
"Not only is Sizzla an iconic legend, that in itself is reason enough but I'm also a big fan! To be able to collaborate with such a remarkable musician at this late time in my musical career shows the younger kids coming up to never give up on their dreams! With hard work all is possible," Laydee Vee told the Jamaica Observer.
"Sizzla has been one of my favourite reggae artists from time!! He is for the people and community. I grew up watching my father speak for our people, so I definitely paid attention to Sizzla's lyrics in his music. 'Take myself away', is one of my favourite songs! When this song was released I was going through a time in my life when I was making big personal changes. As well, R&B music being my first genre of music I sang, listening to R&B being collaborated with my other favourite genre, reggae, was an eye-opener for me as an artist," Laydee Vee continued.
Co-produced by Laydee Vee and Altafaan Records, Style of Your Stars was released by VCJ Productions last month.
Born Veronica Tynes, Laydee Vee was exposed to reggae music while attending college.
"My home city Halifax holds the best universities in Canada and I studied with a lot of the Caribbean students who attended St Mary's University with me. Many student gatherings that I attended, during my studies, introduced me to reggae and soca music. But, my father had a huge record collection growing up and he had an album by Bob Marley & the Wailers. I use to play No Woman No Cry over and over. So, by the time I got to university I was very familiar with this wonderful music called reggae! See, in Halifax you didn't hear reggae but at the university gatherings, which is why it is my goal to bring the first reggae festival to Halifax, Nova Scotia," said Laydee Vee.
Prior to working with Sizzla, Laydee Vee previously recorded reggae on her EP Year of the Woman. She also collaborated with reggae artiste I-Noah on a soon to be released single.
Laydee Vee spoke about working with Sizzla.
"With the help of Owen Sound of O'Sound Music we recorded our vocals in Halifax and Sizzla recorded his at his studio in August Town. Working with Sizzla on this project was a wonderful experience. He is very down to earth and professional," said Laydee Vee.