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salvation music video

salvation music video Credits + Liner Notes

Title: Salvation
Single Release Date: September 30, 2018
Video Release Date: TBD
Artist: TIAYL
Directed & Edited by: TIAYL
Filmed & Co-Directed by: Ethereal Lens
Genre: Neo Soul , R&B, Soul
Author/Songwriter: TIAYL (Xolisa Jerome)
Composer/Producer: TIAYL (Xolisa Jerome)
Accompanying Vocals: Chantal Rose & lighthaus
ISRC: CAY1Y1800001

salvation Music video
Press Release

TIAYL introduces to us the visual accompaniment to her debut single, Salvation - directed and edited by the Toronto native herself. Filmed and co-directed by Nigerian-Canadian videographer, Paul Ohonsi of Ethereal Lens.

Salvation stands as TIAYL’s affirmation, self-reminder and celebration of the power of love and its ability when chosen, to outweigh even the heaviest of hurts, to heal past the cruelest of acts and to elevate from the deepest of traumas as Black men and women, and as a collective of beings on a whole.

TIAYL holds nothing back in her on-screen performance of Salvation, inviting her listeners into an extremely vulnerable side of her creative expression where the singer and emcee chooses to perform her lyrics through movement, rather than words. She delivers a dance interpretation of her songwriting and production, one that portrays a complex range of her layered emotions through a seamless flow of movement. The visual is a dynamic representation of what resilience means to TIAYL, it combines stark contrasts of shades and a progressive vibrancy throughout the video that speaks to hope.

On a mission to shed light on this world and its people, on our darkest of places within – beginning with herself, TIAYL’s Salvation stands as the very first single off of the Trinidadian-Canadian’s forthcoming project to be released in 2019.

Love itself has no colour, but you and me we do – and there’s trauma and complexities from our history yes it’s true, yet we choose to love…we still choose to love”.




Pronounced “Tie-yal”


With a voice that weaves together the rawness of our reality and a smoothness that only she can exude - TIAYL is a force, all within herself, passionately dedicated to our individual and collective healing - with an unapologetic emphasis on the continued healing and upward ascension of Black men, womxn and non-binary identifying persons.

The Toronto based artist defiantly delivers her message of love by any means necessary - lyrically potent as singer, emcee and producer.

She creates music that is strikingly uncut, unfiltered, yet possesses a deep groove that commands the body to move on demand. Flowing seamlessly between Neo-Soul, R&B, Hip Hop and afro house, TIAYL's music exists in the past, present and the future - all at the same damn time and her sound continues to unfurl itself with each stride that she makes.

TIAYL, which stands for "Trust In All Your Light" personifies her choice to hold herself accountable in believing in her purpose, while simultaneously inspiring others to do just the same, and as the Trinidadian- Canadian songwriter gears up to release her debut project in 2019, we sit back and experience just who this young woman is, in all her creative abilities.

Beautifully articulated.
Bold and gently uplifting.
Standing firm in every ray of her inner being.

To illuminate every corner of this world and shine a light on its people - their crooked places, their dark places, their ugly places, every sunken corner and every unhealed abyss that exists within us - where demons take refuge and where ego thrives on our pain.

To elevate our people through messages that force us, to face us.

Tiayl is here, in all of her light.

The highlights listed below are accolades received during the period of 2012 to 2017 before the re-brand, when TIAYL was formally performing under her birth name, “Xolisa”.

  • Two self-produced EPs: Rhyme Until My Spirit Needs No Words To Fly (November 2014) and A Beautiful Mind (December 2013) + 1 full-length album: And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges (2016)

  • A successfully completed 1 year international tour of the album, “And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges” (2016-2017). Cities include: Toronto, Ontario; Melbourne, Australia; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; Atlanta, Georgia; Brooklyn, New York; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Windsor, Ontario (Independently funded).

  • A 2015 Black Canadian Awards nomination for “Artist On the Rise”

  • A “Rising Artist” feature from Urbanology, Canada’s leading urban culture publication/website

  • "Free Fall", written and produced by TIAYL, featured in the short film, "Guard Your Peace", by screenwriter/director, Felicia Guy-Lynch

  • Performances with: Young Paris (Congo/New York), Denitia and Scene (Brooklyn) and Nitty Scott MC (New York), Melanie Durrant and Frankie Payne (Toronto)

  • She has performed locally, nationally and internationally in: Toronto (The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Yonge- Dundas Square, Lee's Palace, Revival and The Harbourfront Centre – West Jet Stage); Melbourne, Australia (Bar Oussou, Grumpy's, and The Horse Bazaar); New York (Tsion Cafe and The Paperbox); Windsor (Phog Lounge); Ottawa (Origin Studio)

  • Recognition and airplay at influential campus, online and commercial radio from DJs in Canada, Europe and the United States, including Toronto DJ Mel Boogie who says Xolisa is, "One to Watch in the City"

  • A G98.7FM (Toronto) “Great Canadian Sound Clash” winner in 2015 on the, 100%CDN show

  • A feature performance at Manifesto’s (Toronto) 9th annual Hip Hop and community festival (2015)

  • Xolisa is a part of Canada's Music Incubator’s roster of artist entrepreneurs.



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Salvation Press Release (Single)
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Salvation Press Release (Video)
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