Some people find music but music found WAYI (pronounced [wa-yee]). Growing up at church, the 28-year-old songstress spent most of her childhood with the gospel as her faithful companion. Through the years, this planted seed has been watered with Songs In A Minor and other wordy rivers irrigated by Alicia Keys. The first melodious bud appeared at 11 when WAYI had to sing in the school choir. Not yet aware of her gift, it was then her classmates and family’s encouraging reactions that gave birth to the first flowers of a garden that will keep on giving.
After years of studying and covering her favorite acts, she eventually became inspired to take up her pen. What started as innocent stories and novels slowly blossomed into a bouquet of lyrics about the purest and most complex feeling: Love. With a subtle delicateness and a refreshing honesty, WAYI explores every petal and thorn of this universal theme, narrating her own experiences.
The latter inspired her highly anticipated debut EP Love in Progress, released in 2019. Cumulating 1,1 million streams across platforms, the project even made its way to BBC Radio 1Xtra’s EP Top 5. Praised for her effortless elegance and sensual voice, the songstress has been invited to open for the legendary Raphael Saadiq, while also enchanting sir Elton John and respected media outlets such as Refinery29, ELLE France, DJ Booth, High Snobiety, Red Bull Elektropedia etc.
On June 4, 2021, WAYI will reveal her sexy side with her new single What I Want, a sugary confection blending pop and
rnb. The track follows Mind Mazes, her biggest hit to date, with editorial support from Spotify (in the local and gloval EQUAL playlists!), Deezer & Apple Music, and a memorable appearance in one of Belgium’s most watched TV show (De Zevende Dag, Één). Played all across the country on stations like Radio 2, MNM, TOPradio or BRUZZ, the song also ranked the first position in the Ultratip charts, additionally climbing its way in the Top 10 r&b/hip-hop charts.
These dreamy harmonies and strong sense of identity say it all: WAYI is a natural...
- watch her bloom.
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