By Anita Stewart
Single: “Come Away”
May 27, 2021
Young Vana Liya is breaking new ground with the release of her first single, “Come Away.” Hailing from New York City of Guyanese parents, she considers herself an island girl and is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California. In 2018, after posting some of her songs to social media, she quickly got signed to Law Records, the first female and the first solo artist with the company.
And a girl after my own heart as she plays the ukulele and is a Kala brand artist. One can see her in her videos playing the Satin Mahogany Baritone model when she performs every cover–and this particular model makes for a nice warm sound. Vana has shared the stage with notable performers such as SOJA, Pepper, The Expendables & The Movement and she is now working on her debut album with producer Johnny Cosmic of Stick Figure.
This song perpetuates that “island fusion” vibe and feel and Vana is accompanied by Half Pint, a long standing artist in the Jamaican Dancehall, Reggae and Soca cross-over genres. The visuals in the video are stunning and the song has an incredible calypso beat to make the listener quickly tap their feet and naturally want to sway or dance–this is definitely a slower tempo, dancehall hit and I love Vana’s breathy vocals; delicate and ethereal. The lyrics to her songs are uplifting, bright and positive and you can find some of them on the streaming platforms and she shares them on her website.
Rock at Night says: “This is a beautiful song with the elements of trance, dancehall, reggae and pop, slow and even tempo, the lyrics speak of peace and social justice. Very spiritual and soft with a soca beat. Loved this collaboration!”
Can’t wait for more! She is going to be performing at the Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 21, 2021 and Rock at Night plans on being there.