Singer/songwriter LAYLA (formerly Jose Vanders), from South East End London, released a new single and video yesterday (October 6th) titled “Yellow Circles”. Formerly known as Jose Vanders – she changed things up a bit at the start of the year and decided to rename herself as LAYLA. The UK singer has had her moments of attention throughout the years, which have even included notice from Perez Hilton back in 2007. She’s performed along side artists like Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Noah and the Whale and self-released several EP’s.
Layla – Yellow Circles
Written by Layla – Produced and Mixed by Ant West – Directed by Daniel Broadley – Graded by Mike Lee Thomas
Described by Perez Hilton as ‘one of the most exciting things to happen to British music since Amy Winehouse’ 22 year-old Jose Vanders’ ‘prodigious talent’ has marked her out as the next Regina Spektor. Jose started playing classical piano aged three, and over the last few years has built up an impressive repertoire of songs. She first showcased them in a local pub in Greenwich back in 2006; since then Jose has played extensively across the UK alongside acts such as Ed Sheeran, Lucy Rose, Justin Young (The Vaccines), Ben Howard, Little Boots, Johnny Flynn, VV Brown, Supergrass and Noah and the Whale. She has received substantial airplay, having been chosen as Xfm’s unsigned artist of the week, and invited to perform a live session on Rob da Bank’s Radio 1 show after he was ‘totally blown away’ after hearing her music. Her songs have also featured on the recent series of E4′s Made In Chelsea. Jose has self-produced and independently released four EPs, which have sold over a few thousand copies, and has over 2 million plays across MySpace and YouTube. She was appointed as the new ‘face’ of BBC3 in 2008, presenting the continuity links on the channel every night. Jose has since embarked on a number of headline tours, recorded a collection of her songs at Abbey Road Studios and played in New York and at SXSW, Texas.
Layla – Yellow Circles Lyrics: