Layla Kardan is an Iranian Singer, Songwriter, and Businesswoman. She is best known for singles like Goddess, As One, Closer, You, and Underwater. She debuts her EP with a soulful and sultry voice expressing undertones of Jazz and Soul music infused with Middle Eastern and poetic movements. Layla is an Australian nationality, whose family has Iranian roots and currently living in the United Arab Emirates. Born in Belgium with Iranian roots, the singer started performing from a young age inspired by Sade, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India Arie, and Nina Simone.
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Kardan moved from Sydney to Dubai in 1986, and after completing her marketing education, joined her family business.
She grew up learning ballet and listening to blues and jazz, but could not pursue her musical dreams because of family resistance.
Later, she decided she had had enough of her life working as a corporate strategist to please her parents while harboring a private passion for singing.
She released her first single ”As One” in 2017 and the song received a huge response from the audience as the song’s message of empowerment for women, and also an homage to the Emirates.
She debuts her EP with a soulful and sultry voice expressing undertones of Jazz and Soul music infused with Middle Eastern and poetic movements.
In 2017, she won Emirates Woman Artist of the Year, which was held in Dubai.
Already in the Dubai music scene, she has performed at Emirates Jazz Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Art Dubai, The Global Education Forum, Emirates Literature Festival, and Meydan World Cup.
She has also performed for brands including Louis Vuitton, Piaget, Dior, Cartier, Vogue Arabia, Esquire Arabia, and numerous Harper’s Bazaar Arabia events.
The singer is also a regular at exclusive venues such as Little Black Door, Coya, OKKU, Blue Bar, Seven Sisters, Atelier M, The Music Room, and The Capital Club.
Internationally, she has collaborated with international producers as well as established artists from Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.
Her exposure to different cultures and appreciation for genres brings a fresh and edgy approach to not only her music but also her creative direction and personal style.