Rather than traffic in an existing highway, Inayah boldly chose to pave a new lane as a singer, songwriter, mother, businesswoman, and boss. As a result, the songstress ventures outside of the box and envisions a genre of her own represented by the title of her debut album, S.O.L.A.R.—an acronym for Storytelling Over Lyrics and Rhymes. Born and raised in Houston, TX, Inayah fell in love with music as a young child, inspired by the likes of Anita Baker, Johnnie Taylor, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters. Following an ill-fated deal at the age of fourteen, she made a name for herself by performing at countless competitions and talent shows throughout the Houston area. In 2014, she took a job writing songs for a jingle company in between posting videos of covers on her social media. 2018 saw all of this quiet dedication pay off in a big way when Inayah took to Instagram for her take on Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” (1.7M views.) It didn’t just go viral; it exploded. Her followers mushroomed from a little over 3,000 to 1.6 million-plus as her impassioned audience grew to include the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Jamie Foxx, Maxwell, and many more. Flooded with major label offers as her star rose, Inayah once again retained control of her destiny. Staying independent, she opted to partner with EMPIRE and set the stage for the December 2019 release of her debut album S.O.L.A.R. (already at 28.5M streams) featuring the smash singles “Best Thing” (6.3M streams; 3.5M views) and “Suga Daddy” (4.6M streams; 7.6M views.) The album has been highlighted by VIBE, Refinery29, PopSugar and Earmilk. Inayah is now gearing up to release her intimate docuseries LEVELS, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at her journey thus far. Checkout our new & exclusive interview with Inayah.