Marlayah McLeod is a 17 year old singer, songwriter, musician, performer, entertainer and not to mention, producer, from Ottawa with a dash of Jamaican roots.
She dropped her 4th album entitled New Girl In Town in 2020 and is currently releasing songs for her Mix Tape TWOFOURTEEN.
“Miss McLeod”, as she is known on stage and social media, is a multi-instrumentalist performer who can frequently be found putting on interactive live and virtual shows. She has performed her music for crowds at the world famous Apollo in Harlem, New York, RBC Blues Fest , TD Place, The Museum of Nature, The Ottawa Children’s Festival, Capital Pride Festival, Centrepointe Theatre, The Hard Rock Café and CNE in Toronto to name a few!
One of her latest original creations entitled “Last Night”, is featured on CBC’s top 100 'stand-out' artists for the 2022 Toyota Searchlight competition playlist.
Her range of vocal entertainment can be experienced from the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, all the way to Jay-Z and Rihanna. As a music producer she has been inspired on the keys covering one of her favourite artists, Alicia Keys and also grooves out on the guitar to her original tunes!
Miss McLeod produced her very first indie EP of songs she wrote "from her heart" at just 11 years old….and the music production has just grown from there.
Although she loves singing covers of her favourite artists’ songs, she is equally passionate about singing to inspire those who have been through a rough time and giving back to the community. Attending an Arts school gives her the opportunity to focus on her craft on a daily basis, but there she is also the co-head of the Black Students Association where she strives to bring cultural awareness to issues and activities involving the BIPOC community. It goes without saying that music truly is Miss McLeod’s life as she has won awards for her altruism and often gets asked to participate in various projects because of her love for people and the arts.
Check out her latest flow in Spin It Round on all streaming platforms or at one of her shows this summer at the CNE or at The House of PainT celebrating our culture and local creatives in Ottawa!