Courage—having the courage to go on the train and sing in front of strangers; taking that first step and believing I was able to do the things I wanted to do successfully. Professionally, it’s been patience, discipline, and leaving space to be open to learning new things.
I think the arts are the perfect platform [for social justice] because we are both the storytellers and the messengers. We create realities through our perception-altering messages. We can show the future before it’s even something real. We can write songs about freedom before it becomes a reality. We wrote songs about love equality before there was space for it. Now, in Quarantine, social justice is so important because people are waiting to hear what will come next, and what to listen to.
I imagine more space for more art. I think that this is going to push our understanding of one another, which will bring us together and mold our future and our children's minds. In the future, I would like to see more art. I would like to see art that is free, and costs nothing to share and receive. Also, artists would be given credit for shaping the world, and changing minds and to create revolutions and destroy hierarchies.
Nyla is a singer, songwriter, and actress that aims to empower and inspire those in her reach. Molded by the streets of Brooklyn and inspired by the bold and rebellious sounds of Nina Simone, Celia Cruz, Selena, Lauryn Hill, and Etta James, her voice is raw and unfiltered. She’s spent over two years touring as Peggy Schuyler in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, In addition to sharing her art, she hopes to educate people about spirituality, wellness, and the divine connection between body and mind. Discover more through her album NYLA live and Spiritus Animalium.