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Not so long ago, Layla Kardan lived with a secret: a private passion for music and singing but with no option to take to the stage. She was worried her family – of Iranian descent – would object to her ambitions, and so she continued to work as a corporate strategist in the family business. Eventually Layla decided to pursue her dreams and use her voice – which lends itself to the jazz genre – to redefine beauty and fight against stereotyping in the Middle East. Here, the star, who grew up in Sydney but moved to Dubai in 1986, details the lyrics of her first album, Saved, and what she believes needs to happen in the region to ensure independent artists’ voices are heard…

Tracklist:

01 – Rebirth
02 – Goddess
03 – The Way I feel
04 – Higher
05 – Ego
06 – Nothing at All
07 – Save Myself
08 – All of Me
09 – Exhale
10 – All the Beauty
11 – Just Breathe
12 – Closer
13 – I’ll Wait
14 – Stay
15 – Golden

OVERALL RATING
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3½ stars