R&B's Latest Songstress Rayana Jay Opens Up About Her New Music and Style


The Bay Area-born singer talks music, her cool lifestyle and fashion preferences.

BY: KIMMIE DENISE

It’s Friday night, and I’ve exhausted my playlist to no end. I need fresh, new music. I’m scrolling through Tidal’s recommendations while sipping a cold glass of Brut, and the very first suggestion is Rayana Jay. I give it a chance. An hour later her latest album “Love Me Like” is on repeat, and I already have my faves. But who is she and why am I just now hearing about her?

R&B songstress Rayana Jay has been around since 2016 — hailing out of Richmond, California — Sucré Couture’s backyard. Not only is her music a compelling breathe of millennial fresh air, but her style aesthetic is also pretty dope, too. Her Instagram tells it all. She’s chill with an urban yet minimalistic approach, which we dig.

But, wait, there’s more. We had the chance to catch up with her while she's on the road promoting her new music. Read more:

What's your astrological sign? Sagittarius sun, Scorpio moon, Aries rising. (Ahhh that's a fiery and passionate combination.)

Anything else interesting? I hate pizza, and that pisses a lot of people off.

How did your singing career unfold? I began singing in my church choir at a very young age. As I grew older, I began writing poetry and little corny songs in journals. When I was 16, I began going to Youth Radio in downtown Oakland, which is where I saw my first professional studio, and it just sorta clicked. That's when I knew this is what I want to do, and that's where I recorded and released my very first song, "Marty McFly."

Where do you see yourself in the next ten years? I see myself international. At 35, I'd be down to move to London or somewhere cute like that. I'd still be making music, God willing. Maybe with a little family or just hella puppies.

How would you explain your personal style?
I think my style is pretty versatile, but at the end of the day, I want to make sure I keep it cozy at all times. I love jewelry; honestly, I can just throw on a huge t-shirt and jeans but layer hella gold chains, put on rings, and throw my grill in and I'll feel like I've accomplished peak fashion. And a good pair of sneakers ALWAYS.

What icons or people in your circle have influenced your aesthetic and vibe? Who inspires you? My sister-friend-DJ, Carmena (DJ Red Corvette) is a huge fashion inspiration for me. I remember one day asking her simply, "hey...can you help me?" And she showed me how to stay comfortable but make a statement. I'm also in LOVE with Priscilla Ono's fashion. Honestly, any bigger woman that gets a fit off inspires me.

What are your fashion and beauty staples? Gold jewelry is something I can't live without. I recently bought a jade face roller, and I don't know what I've been doing this long without one. Also, maracuja oil must have.

You’re late to an appointment and have less than 30 minutes to get out the door? What’s your quick go-to outfit and beauty routine? I know people say, you never wear sweats because you never know who you'll run into, but look. Sometimes it is what it is. I'll throw on some sweats and a simple t-shirt (French tuck it if I'm feeling a little fancy) and my Yeezy 500s. I'll throw on some chestnut lip liner, beauty store lipgloss, a wig, and I'm out.

How do you usually spend your weekends? Out with my girls. Always.

Nightclub or cool lounge? Cool lounge every time.

What’s your drink of choice? White Russian, tequila neat, or club soda with mint and lime.

Nails or no nails? What’s your signature shape and nail color? NAILS! I always do a semi-long, coffin-shaped gel set. I always stick to a nude or muted palette. I've also been loving clear sets with gold accents.

What are your favorite songs from your latest release? They all mean so much to me, but if I had to pick, I'd say Know Names and Love Me Like are my favorite songs.

Who's your dream artist to record with? So many! I'd love to make a song with Smino. I also think me and Tom Misch would make some pure heat; his voice is golden.

If you could ditch everything right now and travel, what country would be your first destination? I'd go to Ghana.

What’s your life mantra? It is what it is, was what it was, and ain't what it ain't.

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