Born in Toronto and residing in Shelburne, Ontario, Sohayla Smith is a rising international, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter with a diverse musical palate. Sohayla recently won Best Country Recording with "Burn it to the Ground" in the 2018 Clouzine International Music Awards. Her band was nominated for a 2017 TIMA for Best Country. Her single "Bridges" was a Roots Grand Prize Winner, awarded First Place place in the Americana category. "The Breakdown" was the November 2017 Pop Winner on OurStage where she is currently at the top of Best Country Artists charts.
Sohayla and her band are known for their engaging live performances. They were headliners at the Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan, New York, the 2018 Peak to Shore Music Festival, and the Singhampton Small Hall, Simcoe Street Theatre's 'Music for a Sunday Evening Concert Series'. Sohayla is featured in the MoD (Museum of Dufferin) main exhibit titled True Grit where she opened the exhibit with a live trio performance. She was also a featured performer in the Collingwood Arts 7 Culture Awards in 2016. Sohayla and her band have opened for Irish Mythen and Ken Yates. Sohayla's songs have been on radio rotation at stations throughout the country including: Erin Radio (Canada), Salford City Radio (UK), Amazing Radio, KB Radio, and PopCanRebel.
Currently, Sohayla is looking forward to festivals, an original Monday 'MusicLab' workshop in
in Collingwood, a Canadian East Coast tour (lined up for the fall, 2019) and several upcoming music releases.