Nailah Thorbourne, better known by her stage name Nyla is a Jamaican recording artist and songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica.[5] Nyla was a member of the R&B/reggae duo Brick & Lace whose debut album, Love Is Wicked, was released by Geffen / Kon Live in 2007 and featured the chart topping single "Love Is Wicked". She is best known for being featured on Major Lazer's "Light It Up". Today she writes and performs as a solo artist and is currently recording and releasing music with some of the biggest chart topping artists and producers.

Early life

Nyla Thorbourne was born to a Jamaican father and an American mother in Kingston, Jamaica.[6] She has 3 sisters, Tasha, Nyanda and Candace Thorbourne.[7] Nyla went to Campion College High School during which time her group Brick & Lace was formed. After graduating High School Nyla studied Marketing at Miami Dade College and then Advertising & Theater at the University of Miami.[6]


2006-2012: Brick & Lace and Bloodline

Nyla's career in music began as a member of the pop / reggae group Brick & Lace. In 2006 the group signed a record deal with Akon's Konvict Muzik[8] / Geffen Records and released their debut album, Love Is Wicked in 2007. The album spawned four charting singles... "Never Never", "Get That Clear", "Bad to di Bone" and their biggest hit to date, "Love Is Wicked", which was listed for 97 weeks in 7 different charts worldwide.[9] In 2010, Nyla and her sisters formed a songwriting team called: Bloodline. They have written songs for Kelly Rowland,[10] Christina Aguilera, Nicole Scherzinger, Leah Labelle and Arash. In 2012, she co-wrote the gold-certified, chart topping single "Follow the Leader", performed by Wisin & Yandel featuring Jennifer Lopez. "Follow the Leader" made strides all over the Latin charts and was one of the major releases in the Latin market the year it released.

2014-present: Solo debut

In 2015, Nyla was featured on the song "Light It Up" by Major Lazer, a track from their album Peace Is the Mission. Later, a remix of the song featuring Fuse ODG was released as a single, which received overwhelming reviews and charted top 10 and reached the #1 spot in many countries throughout Europe. The song also topped many digital formats (i.e. Spotify, Pandora and Shazam).[11][12]


As lead artist

  • 2013 : Stand up
  • 2014 : Body Calling

As featured artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum


(Sean Paul featuring Nyla)
"I Want You (Remix)"
(Tafari featuring Nyla)
"Touch Me There"
(Redsan featuring Nyla)
"Light It Up (Remix)"
(Major Lazer featuring Nyla and Fuse ODG)
  • BPI: Gold
Peace Is the Mission