You may not know her name now but in the budding months and years to come there won’t be a line-up in New Zealand without “Bailey Wiley” plastered all over it. Already cementing her place amongst the plethora of talent based in Auckland; she possesses an uncanny ability to capture the essence of a narrative and communicate its emotion to the listener as if they were experiencing it for themselves. Bailey’s unique style and versatile vocals puts her square-in-the-sights of international stardom. With rappers and producers falling over themselves to work with the 23 year-old songstress, she is set to stand amongst the likes of Hollie Smith and Ladi6 as one of Aotearoa’s leading ladies players in the game.
Bailey WilWith two EP releases to her name - Inevitable (2013) and IXL (2014) – Bailey revives the spirit of neo-soul classicism through a unique blend of Modern-Jazz, Blues, Electronica and Hip-Hop. Earlier this year the anticipated release of IXL was met with critical-acclaim. Friend and producer Swaren Veygal provides the perfect foundations for Bai to showcase her range as a singer/songwriter and together they cook-up a six song EP that has something to accommodate all muso buffs – no matter how eclectic you think your taste is.
Cigarettes and Regrets pays due-respect to the House of Blues as Bailey explores her inner-most sanctum in order to seek the peace she craves in life - a coming-of-age story that serves as an inspired account of self-realisation and addiction.
Y.G.B’s Raiza Biza lends his voice to the title track IXL as both Wiley and Biza share romanticised tales about the one who got away. Biza’s inclusion and the seemingly effortless transition for Bailey to progress from Blues to Hip-Hop to RnB over the course of the tape displays the diversity of her musicality and the confidence she has in her ability.
Put simply, this girl oozes soul.
Her look, sound and demeanour take root in the influence of those who have come before her; with traces of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu consistently present within her music, Bailey brandishes an array of styles that could fit under any number of sub-genres – luckily for us she chose Hip-Hop.
In the past 24 months, Bailey’s rapid ascension through the ranks has seen her work with some of the best and brightest artists in New Zealand; the aforementioned Raiza Biza and Third3ye- both of Young, Gifted and Broke along with certified NZ legend PNC are just a few of the names who have enlisted the services of the Taranaki native; recognising her ability to bring life to their music while capturing the imagination of their fans at the same time.
Bailey’s respect amongst her peers is the finest form of flattery for the young, aspiring artist. When she’s not on her music grind touring around the country; Miss Bailey is grinding up coffee beans at the Vinyl Coffee Shop in Mt Eden. It goes to show that even the most-talented of musicians struggle to make ends meet in this country. The music is yours to consume for free through this link however if you like what you hear and you have a spare buck; don’t hesitate to help out.
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