Everybody Loves Shay Lia’s Sunshine-y Vibes for This Week’s Playlist

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This week’s edition focuses on the sunny side and brings comfort, warmth, and protection to your earbuds.

“These days, I am listening to music very intentionally, as an escape or as a way to recharge,” artist and all-around fly human being Shay Lia tells me during our email back-and-forth. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter has a refreshing voice and her inclusion in the music game has resulted in us dancing in joyous unison. Especially during these trying times where everything seems to be falling apart at the seams, this Montreal musical maven uses melodies to massage the masses and “bring us closer to the sun.”

“This year has been so frustrating and full of uncertainty and that made summer feel way too short,” she shares, including a link to her latest project, SOLARIS. “As an antidote to uncertainty, I’ve been focusing on music that offers the warmest vibes — music that makes me feel free.” With that in mind, this week’s edition of ESSENCE’s The Playlist focuses on the sunnier side of the sonic streets and highlights songs that fill us up with warmth and happy feelings.

“These five songs make me feel free. They are not the type of songs I play when I’m in a…



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