Toronto’s Beauty in the Riot has earned a name for herself as a respected musician thanks to her innovative fusion of jazz, R&B, and pop. Her rise to prominence, however, has been marked by tragedy and tenacity; she finds strength in the difficulties she has overcome. The loss of her father, Haydain Neale, was a major influence on her music.

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In 2001, Haydain Neale, lead singer of the Canadian R&B group Jacksoul, took home the Juno for Best R&B/Soul Recording. His daughter, Beauty in the Riot, has carried on his legacy since his untimely death in 2009.

Beauty in the Riot acknowledges and celebrates her father’s impact on her life and career through her songs. She knows that many people look up to her because of her famous father, but she plans to forge her own path.


She reflected on her father’s legacy, saying, “I’m proud of his accomplishments.” Yet I also take pride in my current work and would like to be recognized for it.

Beauty in the Riot is a talented songwriter with a unique perspective on heartbreak, love, and overcoming adversity in her songs. Her unusual voice and approach to singing acknowledge her inspirations while forging a unique identity all her own.

She has performed all around North America at venues like Toronto’s The Rivoli and New York’s The Legendary SOBS, where she debuted a brand-new song. Her songs have been featured on Apple Music’s home page in the United States and on the editorial playlist.

Despite all of her achievements, Beauty in the Riot never loses sight of where she came from.

She appreciates her father’s contributions and feels honored to continue his traditions. “I want to respect my dad and his legacy,” she explained. But I also hope to leave my own stamp on the world and leave a legacy behind me.

Beauty in the Riot is well on her way to becoming a rising star in the music industry thanks to her passion for her craft and her determination to honor her roots.



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Shawn Grant is a Chicago native and the Senior Editor of The Source Magazine. He can only be found on Instagram and Twitter at @shawnxgrant.

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