“What I Need” begs for the medicine, no matter how bitter it tastes, asking for help even if it hurts. With verses full of catchy guitar riffs building to an explosive and soaring chorus, “What I Need” is a serious song that encourages listeners to ask for help when they need it, while providing a nice anthem to bob your head to.
“Wounds from a friend / Can be trusted / Though it hurts a little bit,” McDaniel sings. “Sometimes the truth hurts, but the truth will set you free, free to grow and learn from it, free to improve your life or the life of others. Never be afraid to ask for help,” she said.
Shayla’s catalog is vast, however, several recurring themes surface, thematically as well as musically. The laid back indie pop-rocker hits that sweet spot between major and minor tonalities with a pan-genre appeal. Pristine vocals, breezy pop grooves, big hooks, and soaring melodies contribute to her pop allure. The tracks showcase Shayla’s purposeful and generous songwriting skills—she’s a boldly vulnerable and expressive writer who never hides behind vagueness.
In a short period of time, the young artist has garnered prime accolades. She performed at Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival; the Waynestock Festival; Sunset on Central; Women in Jazz Jam Festival; and live on-air at WUTK 90.3 FM, WDVX 89.9 FM, and WOZO 103.9 FM, among other stations. Shayla has been in Knoxville Music Warehouse’s Top 16 song charts; been voted by fans as Knoxville’s Favorite Band; won numerous Knoxville Music Awards; and earned prestigious awards nominations from CityView Magazine and Knoxnews.
Driven, productive, and prodigiously talented, McDaniel is now poised to emerge a world-class artist with a uniquely emotive indie-rock aesthetic. Up next, she will be playing local and regional shows with her band, as well as intimate solo performances for her ever-growing audience. “I feel like I am really finding myself as an artist these days. It’s been such an uplifting journey,” Shayla says. “Music really brings meaning to my life, and it always makes me feel better.”
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