Reality-show reject Layton Greene: It’s okay not to be okay



Layton Greene tells tough stories in her smooth, R&B album.

Layton Greene was destined to sing. Her mother always wanted to be a singer but that never worked out. 

When Layton was just seven years old she discovered her passion for music. “My mom always wanted to be able to sing. She just cried. She just prayed and prayed that she would have a kid that could be able to sing.” 

Layton Greene took choir classes in school but was not a very attentive student, so none of her teachers were aware of her talent. Years later she was rejected by both X-factor and America’s Got Talent. For many people that would be the end but, she did not let that stop her, she kept chasing her dream.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I was going to be a professional singer. I knew I would be famous one day. I didn’t know how it was going to happen. I just knew it would.”

A recurring pattern in Greene’s music is her struggles. Growing up in St. Louis wasn’t easy. In an interview with Genius Greene said, “My dad was an alcoholic, my step dad was an alcoholic.” 

In the interview she is going through the lyrics to her song “Blame On Me” the song talks about her struggles through life and how she blamed herself through it all. Her mom suffered with bipolar depression, she didn’t have a relationship with her dad because he wasn’t around. She talks about having the feelings of it all being her fault and feeling alone.  

Layton Greene

She first posted her remix of Kodak Black’s song “Roll in Peace” on social media but when the remix gained popularity she decided to make an extended version with producer G-styles. The extended version quickly gained popularity and gained over 3.5 million plays on SoundCloud in the first month. This landed her a spot on Billboard’s Top 15 Hot R&B songs chart. The singer now has combined global streams of 350 million. 

She is now working on an EP. The EP has no collaborations so the “world can get to know who Layton Greene is,” she said. The album showcases her struggles and triumphs and doesn’t shy away from hard topics. 

“I get real vulnerable on it,” she explains. Her first single, “I Love You,” explains a past toxic relationship. The song talks about not wanting that person to be with someone else but knowing they are bad for you. “I just was real dependent on him. It should never be like that.” The song also talks about getting over that person and having to move on even if that’s the last thing you want to do. 

The EP “Tell Your Story,” allows listeners to hear Greens’s struggles and how she overcame them. The singer wants people to know, “It’s okay not to be okay sometimes. It’s okay to go through stuff.” 

The album features topics that are hard for others to talk about. “I talk about things people don’t really talk about anymore,” she says. By talking about these hard topics Greene makes her listeners feel emotionally attached and shows her viewers that she has struggled too. “Tell Your Story” is a great representation of Greene’s life and is very well written.