Just over a year after she burst onto the Canadian R&B scene with her critically acclaimed debut EP Romeo Must Die, emerging Toronto singer and songwriter RAYL is back to close out summer 2022 with the aptly titled ‘SUMMERTIME’, as featured in OCULATE, featuring fellow up-and-coming Toronto talent Erin B. Written by Rayl and Erin, and produced by Adam Josh, who has also worked with some of Toronto’s finest including Savannah Re, LOONY, and Yarah, ‘Summertime’ is the precursor to Rayl’s upcoming film project for her Romeo Must Die EP, which is set for release at the end of the year.
Inspired by Rayl’s fascination with love in the summer, whether it’s a summer fling or a long-time relationship, coupled with those long warm nights, going on long drives, and having timeless conversations that you don’t want to end, ‘Summertime’ is a beautiful guitar-led R&B ballad about two lovers reminiscing about their perfect summer romance, with Rayl waxing lyrical about her insecurities in love, and wanting her man to take her feelings seriously, and Erin B professing his love, and assuring his leading lady that he is for real, and theirs is a love that’s meant to last.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘Summertime’, Rayl says, “As fall approaches, it’s the time to reminisce about the perfect summer romance and I wanted ‘Summertime’ to evoke those feelings of warmth and happiness, I think it is the perfect end of summer song. As for how the song came about, Erin and I were listening to guitar instrumentals during a session, and once we stumbled on the perfect one, the melody and lyrics just started to perfectly form. I was thinking about the kind of vibe I was going for in terms of easy on the ears and sweet and ‘Summertime’ is just that”.
Born in St. Andrew in Jamaica, before moving to Toronto at the age of 11, Rayl has embraced singing and the art of music from as early as five years old. Inheriting her love for R&B from her family, and taking inspiration from the likes of Jhene Aiko, Rihanna and Kehlani, Rayl strives to think outside the box and be open minded when it comes to her music. Notable for her amazing voice, exquisite melodies, and relatable storytelling, Rayl writes about her own experiences and channels them through her music, which has helped her get through some of the darkest times in her life.
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