Titilayo

Titilayo

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Titilayo is a moving singer/songwriter. Her songs are everyday epiphanies about life and love. Her sultry, three-octave voice captures the listener. Her vocal style is reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow, and Aretha Franklin. She plays solo guitar or in a 5 piece band.

Biography

In Pursuit
Her name means “happiness forever” in Yoruba. Pursuit of that happiness has taken her on an eclectic musical journey –first emerging as a bandleader on the Boston music scene performing interpretations of jazz standards and funky, original tunes –then relocating to New York where she has been singing and songwriting for several years. She is presently writing songs that reflect her love for lyricism, folk, funk, jazz, samba, and rock.

Highlights
Highlights in her career include: an interview with Robert Segal on National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered"; feature articles in Billboard Magazine and The Boston Sunday Globe; and a nomination for best jazz vocalist in the Boston Music Awards. She is also remembered affectionately from "Sound & Spirit," the popular, nationally distributed public radio music program.

Aesthetic Influences
Titilayo’s eclectic core of aesthetic influences trace back to days studying English and African literature at Yale University. In addition to singing and touring with the gospel choir, she began writing and arranging vocal music as founder of Shades, an innovative vocal ensemble dedicated to performing traditional and contemporary spirituals, gospel, jazz, folk, and R&B. She further developed her creative methodology while earning a Master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her conservatory experience embraced music from the edge where ear training, atonal music, free improvisation, and hybrid third stream compositions were the norm.

African Heritage
Titilayo is a first generation American. Her mother is from Nigeria and her father from Mozambique. Her music is enriched with African proverb and sensibility. She continues to mine and explore this part of her cultural identity in her music.

Lyrics

Backwards

Written By: Titilayo

Nothing betrays like lying to yourself.
It hurts discovering your own mad charade.
I told myself I never needed your love.
Broke my own heart when I walked out that day. Tell me now!
Why do we choose to make life so tough?
And who could make anything as backwards as love?

Chorus
To fall is to fly. To live is to die.
To lose myself in you is to find.
To fall is to fly. To live is to die.
To lose myself in you is to find.

Verse 2
We build big walls around us just to sit and pray.
Someone'll care enough to tear them down someday.
You taught me with love you always get more than you give.
I had no fear 'til you gave me the courage to live.
Tell me now. Why are we made of such fragile stuff?
And who could make anything as backwards as love?

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Surrender to love and you will conquer all.
God made us perfect --still we're free to fall.
The contradiction's what it's all about.
I can't live with you. I can't live without.

LAST VERSE
Sorry's so good to hear but so hard to say.
I wish my heart had a mouth of it's own.
It would say, "Forgive me. I love you. I need you to stay. Have mercy Baby. Don't leave me alone."
But I don't know just how to start with so much to say.
What can you do? Love is Backwards that way.

Discography

Beware the Short Hair Girl (CD)
Goliath (EP)
Reinventing the Wheel (EP)

Set List

Two 35 minute sets of originals and covers
Typical Set List:
Backwards
Goliath
Riddlesong
Reinventing the Wheel
Sun
Differently
Love Awakening
Strong Enough (Sheryl Crow)
Landslide (Dixie Chicks/FleetwoodMac)
Heavenly Day (Patty Griffin)