Los Angeles-based pop vocalist and songwriter Shaylen just made her debut with her single “El Dorado” out now via Republic Records.
Born in Chattanooga, TN but raised in Dallas, TX, Shaylen was musically inclined since birth. “Basically when I came out of the womb, I came out singing,” she says with a laugh. Starting in church and moving to musical theater, Shaylen eventually became classically trained in piano and took master classes at the world renowned Septien Entertainment Group (home to other superstars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato). At 11, an opportunity arose for Shaylen to join a group called Savvy. “We sang, acted, and danced and did a bunch of shows around Texas,” she recalls. By the time Shaylen was a sophomore in high school, Savvy was offered an opportunity to star in a reality/situation comedy show from Doreen Spicer of The Proud Family fame. The show was called The Wannabes Starring Savvy and yielded significant success overseas, offering the group a chance at global touring. Some contractual squabbles following their buzz single “Young And Reckless” left Savvy searching for the next step.
A former pop group member turned solo star, Shaylen became classically trained in piano and took master classes at the world renowned Septien Entertainment Group (home to other superstars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato); and after a short-lived stunt in a successful global touring group Shaylen found herself moving to Los Angeles to re-start her music career. While working multiple jobs and pushing out her music on social media, she began to create a sizable buzz in the industry. But it was through her songwriting and producing skills that she found her true identity, inking a publishing contract and collaborating with up and coming EDM producers on Soundcloud. Fast forward to a major deal with Republic Records, Shaylen’s debut single, “El Dorado,” is the story of a rising powerhouse who is back…for the very first time.
Listen to “El Dorado” below:
Inspired by the myth of Colombia’s Lost City Of Gold, Shaylen says “El Dorado” is “about a man in search of the city of gold. I am the gold.”
She continues, “Sometimes I need a reminder that I’m dope, so I wrote this song because we all need that. This song is about feeling like gold.”