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Nailah Vazquez  Is a twenty-two-year-old powerhouse singer who lights up every room she enters in. Naihla was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and she attended the performance art school. Being vocally trained Naihla’s musical style is geared to Jazz, R&B and Classical musical. While in high school Naihla was apart of her school's choir and band, playing in competitions and events throughout the Lehigh Valley area. With a personality to love and a voice to kill, Naihla has shown that no matter how big or small the challenge may be, the risk is one to take. This is her story!

Who is Nailah Vazquez and how does your music define you as a person?

I would say I don’t really write too much about love I kind of write about being happy with your own life. I have a song called “Happy Place”, the place you go to when you’re doing your art, almost like the place in your head. I have a song called smiling in the rain which Is about getting through the shitty days and making it the best day possible even when the clouds are grey. I’m all about being positive and being yourself always, I’m big on staying true to who you are. 

What inspired you to become an artist?

My parents say that I was always drumming on stuff and singing around the house, singing DMX. My biggest inspiration was my parents and neither of them or involved in music. Being that my dad listens to all types of music one day he will listen to heavy metal, the next day country, underground rap and he pushed me into music. Artist Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and rappers like three stacks and all those guys. My mom, since I’m Puerto Rican she listens to Salsa and all that stuff which made me pretty versatile. They definitely pushed me; they put me in lessons when I was in the sixth grade. When I got to high school, I started taking private lessons at my school.

How does music make you feel?

Really good! When I go on stage I use to not really get nervous. I use to sit when I performed. I just recently started standing up during my performances. It is totally new to me because I would feel very awkward, small and the stage is pretty big so I had to learn how to work the stage. Now that I am learning how to work the stage, I have always had a natural high being on stage but now I am learning myself on the stage it feels even better. I love it I want to cry every time I’m up there. 

Who is Nailah Vazquez and how does your music define you as a person?

I'm really big on Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Esperanza Spalding and many more. I get inspiration from everywhere. I'm a big Hip-Hop head, I like the words, flow and the way that they carry themselves. 

How was your first performance and what song did you perform? 

I say my first big performance was in the eighth grade at Broughal middle school. Everyone gets their own solo and at he time I played an instrument as well because I was in the jazz band. She gave me a solo part and I had to sing “Stand by me” with the jazz band. The experience was cool, and it was the first time I got to show people my stuff. 

Have you done any performances and who have you performed with? 

I’ve been performing for forever, but recently I have been performing with kids I have to high school with, Quin and Max. We are currently back together and performing at different restaurants in the area. I’m not really a people person so I try to open up and come out to all of the events and not say no when people ask me to sing. I have met a lot of cool people by sticking around after shows. I would say pretty but when I went to the performance art school I thought that all these public-school kids are mean and terrible. I graduated and started meeting them and realized that they were just as cool as the kids I went to school with. Maybe if they were given the same opportunity as I was or wasn’t confident enough with their own work at the time. So I’m really glad that I was about that. Another one of my main inspirations is Darius Foster. He is helping me work on my EP right now. He has been a big supporter and pusher for my music. Sometimes I can slack off or not focused or not feel confident in myself at times. But Darius and his girlfriend are always there to push me and to make sure I’m on the right track. He’s a great guy and his music is really good. I collaborated with him on one of his, and it was amazing. When I'm in the studio with him its like flying colors, I had a poem called “Deep” and we recorded it and it turned into a song. 

What was your first song and what was it about?

I have a bunch of songs, but the first song that I have ever written, produced and recorded was called “Spark with me”, it’s about weed. When you listen to the words and read the lyrics, I’m personifying weed as a woman. 

How do you wish to inspire young people? 

By being themselves and to continue to write positive music 

Do you write your own music?

I do! I write my own music also my friends Jamie and Brandon actually help me. Not necessarily write my music, but Jamie is big on writing and sometimes they would both sit with me and help me. As well, he would recommend different word selections and sounds. 

What advice would you give someone who wants to become a singer?

It’s not as easy as it seems, you can have a good voice, or you could have the look, but you have to put the work in. that goes for any artist. 

As an artist what do you find most challenging?

Definitely feeling like I have a time limit,  I have to get this EP out. Everyone has been asking me, I have been doing features forever and I just feel a lot of pressure right now. I try to give myself a deadline for the middle of July which Is is coming up soon. Doing a no feature EP and I have three songs down and three more to go. These songs are all me, my words, my sound and whatever going on in my head so that is kind of challenging as well.