Kyla (British singer)

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Birth name Kyla Smith
Also known as Kyla Reid
Born (1983-09-22) September 22, 1983 (age 34)
United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Years active 2008-presents

Kyla Reid (née Smith),[1] commonly known as Kyla, is a British house music singer in the UK funky subgenre.[1][2] She is best known for her song "Do You Mind" which was later featured on Drake's 2016 international hit "One Dance".[1]


Kyla features on the Crazy Cousinz UK funky song "Do You Mind", released in 2008,[2] which peaked at number 48 on the UK Top Singles in 2009.[3] DJ Paleface liked Kyla's voice after seeing her in a video for the song "Be What I Wanna Be".[4] Kyla gave up her music career to start a family.[1]

Rise to Fame[edit]

In early 2016, Kyla was first contacted by Drake's production team regarding the use of her 2008 song "Do You Mind" in a new afrobeat and dancehall infused song with Drake and Nigerian artist Wizkid. The song was quickly produced and released in early April 2016, due to fear of it being hacked, and it became an international hit, reaching number 1 in the singles chart in 15 different countries, including her native UK, the U.S. and Drake's native Canada.[1]

The extraordinary success of "One Dance" allowed Kyla to reboot her career, with guest appearances in a number of 2016 British summer music festivals, including the Wireless Festival.[5] Kyla was later featured on English producer Naughty Boy's single, "Should've Been Me", which was released in November 2016 and peaked at number 61 on the UK Singles Chart. Then she was later featured on another producer Zac Samuel's single Play It Cool. [6]

Kyla released her first single as a lead artist, called "You Ain't Mine", featuring dancehall artist Popcaan, on 15 September 2017.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kyla is married to Errol Reid (also known as DJ Paleface, one half of the Crazy Cousinz production team) and has a son.[1][2] She was previously an ESL teacher.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hogan, Marc (14 April 2016). "Drake Sampling Kyla on "One Dance" Has Already Changed Her Life". Pitchfork. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Cliff, Aimee (14 April 2016). "Kyla: "It Was Nice Of Drake To Give Me That Step Up"". Fader. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Do You Mind by Kyla". Acharts. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Bradshaw, Melissa (19 February 2009). "Oi! Do You Mind? Crazy Cousinz' Kyla Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 18 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "British artist Kyla says Canadian rapper Drake is helping her to pay for her house". Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
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