Sylvia Kay is a bright new talent from Caledon East; the Ontario-based artist captures a heady mix of emotions in her new single, “Legacy.”
“Legacy” starts out shimmering with mellow beats underneath. Then Kay’s voice comes in ethereal and crystalline, painting a watercolor of her hometown — the blue skies, the violets, the dusty, tree-lined backroad where her dad used to speed. She’s looking around, soaking it in, taking mental snapshots, and taking us along on this journey to adulthood. “What does living on the edge of seventeen even mean? / All these people tryna tell me who they want me to be,” she sings.
Sitting down to write “Legacy,” the realization came to the Caledon East, Ontario-based artist that she was right on the precipice of a whole new life.
“In August of 2021, the songwriting process began, and it hit me that this was my last year of high school, my last year in this hometown, and the last time I’d see a lot of these people ever again,” Kay recalls. “The whole first half of the song is exactly that: reminiscing and the nostalgia behind it all. The second half is all about the process to maturity — that there was something so much greater beyond, a whole world I hadn’t discovered yet.”
Fittingly, she started writing the song on an old piano in her parents’ basement, which she had had since she was five years old. She finished the song with VEC Entertainment Group’s Bruno Vecchio and Acrylic Recording’s Harley Tamblin. They helped her focus the lyrics and add a killer guitar line and gorgeous harmonies.
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