Named "Canada's Darling of the Blues" by the press and often compared to Janis Joplin for her raw and emotional performances on stage, Layla Zoe was born in British Columbia, Canada in the late 70's. Raised on her father's love of the blues and a diverse record collection, she started singing at an early age and had her first experiences on stage with her father's band at age fourteen. Releasing seven studio albums (You Will, Shades of Blue, Live at Errington Hall, Hoochie Coochie Woman, The Firegirl, Sleep Little Girl and The Lily), touring throughout Canada and Europe, and performing with artists such as Jeff Healey, Susan Tedeschi and Sonny Landreth, Layla has gained a reputation as one of the hardest working blues women on the scene today.
Following a win at the Compo10 Blues Songwriting Competition in Finland in 2006, Layla began touring Europe and has made a name for herself on festival stages in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic , Austria, and most recently the Netherlands and UK. Receiving high praise from the late Jeff Healey after performing with him at his club in Toronto, Layla continues to stun audiences around the world, with her so-called "Blues Fire." Her lyrical and musical collaborations with German Guitar sensation Henrik Freischlader who produced the albums "Sleep Little Girl" (2011) and "The Lily" (2013) have brought Layla's name into the spotlight on the European blues scene.
"The Lily" garnished critical acclaim for the young blues siren, going as far as rating in Downbeat Magazine's "Best Albums of 2014."
*Compo 10 Blues Songwriting Competition WINNER - FINLAND (2006)
*Vancouver Island Music Awards WINNER for Female Vocalist of the Year - CANADA (2007)
*International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist - NASHVILLE (2013)
*Blues Top WINNER "Discovery of the Year" - POLAND (2013)
*Wasser-Prawda #3 in Best Blues Rock Albums of 2013 for "The Lily" - GERMANY (2013)
*Maple Blues Awards Nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year - CANADA (2014)
*Layla Zoe's album "The Lily" voted #6 in Top 20 Blues albums of 2014
in Downbeat Magazine's 79th Annual Reader's Poll (2014)
*Layla Zoe's album "The Lily" makes BEST ALBUMS of 2014 in Downbeat Magazine (2014)