Hey Sugar

Hey Hey Sugar
Whatcha doin’ this for?
Hey Hey sugar,
Pick yourself up, off the floor

Hey Hey Sugar
Quit lettin’ ‘em walk, all over you
Hey Hey Sugar,
Show ‘em what you’re gonna do

(I said)
Stand up
Sing out
You’re beautiful, there’s no doubt

Stand up
Sing out
You’re beautiful, there’s no doubt
Ooooooo x2

Hey Hey Sugar
You can see the light
Hey Hey Sugar
Don’t you give up, on this fight

Hey Hey Sugar
Climb to, to the top
Don’t you ever, ever,
Ever stop…


  • Apryll Aileen
  • Apryll Aileen
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  • Length:
    3 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2015
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  • IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Challenge
    Los Angeles
    May 19, 2018
    Third Place (won studio monitors and social media recognition)
  • YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture & Design
    Saint John, NB, Canada
    May 18, 2017
    Award and international recognition
Artist Biography

Apryll Aileen is a Canadian alternative pop-rock singer-songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist — classically trained in piano.

Her sultry vocals, captivating lyrics and alluring stage presence make Apryll a fan favourite at music festivals worldwide. Aileen transcends genres, creating her own undefinable sound with influences coming from pop, rock, blues and jazz. She doesn’t imitate – she creates. A hybrid of two polarities, she blends melodic songwriting and raspy vocal tones from modern artists such as Ellie Goulding and Halsey but performs with intensity, dynamic range and vocal gravel that Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin would be proud of.

She does it all from behind a piano but sometimes you may see her bring out a guitar, a synth or maybe even a keytar, if the mood strikes.

When Aileen writes songs, she thinks of the collective and voices what others feel but can’t express. With soulful vocals, hooky melodies and raw emotion, her songwriting is inspired by real life events. From pain, to finding inner strength through love, her songs take the listener on a journey through their own inner landscape of being.

This includes her new single, “Don’t Make Me Wait” (Oct 2018), a modern-day blend of the 80s and 90s. Written in Venice Beach, California by Perry Rod and Apryll Aileen and produced by Marty Rod, the song shares an upbeat story of being ready for love.

“This song is about the importance of being present and realizing that time isn’t infinite,” explains Aileen. “It’s about taking risks and not waiting to start that adventure with someone. I’m sure we’ve all been on the fence before with regards to jumping into love, wondering if we should go for it or not. This song is about being ready to take that chance and dive in with both feet.”

In 2017, Aileen was nominated as “Pop Artist of the Year” for the Music NB Awards following the release of her debut album, Savannah Soul (2016), and was also a recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Arts, Culture & Design. Her debut single, “Hey Sugar” (2016), received cross-Canada airplay and made it to CBC Searchlight’s (annual competition for Canada’s next undiscovered talent), top-25 nationally.

In 2016 and 2017, Aileen had several sync placements in the TV shows “The Next Step” and “Lost & Found Music Studios” (The Family Channel & BBC Worldwide), for her songs “Great Expectations”, “Now is Our Time”, “Keep Me Hangin’”, “Can’t Buy Fame” and “Faith”. Her song “Butterflies” earned the title track on the multiple award-winning film “Butterflies” in 2014 by Emmy® Award-Winning Director Cayman Grant (Oxygen Best Female Director Award, participant in the prestigious NBC/Universal Emerging Directors TV Program, etc.).

Aileen spends most of her time performing and writing music between the quiet solitude of New Brunswick in Atlantic Canada and the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto. When she is not in either, she is usually found on the Venice Beach boardwalk, SoCal style, where her boho spirit and love for the sun and ocean connect.

She is currently recording her second album, RISING TIDES, which will be released in 2020.

MANAGEMENT: Steel Titan (Los Angeles)


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Artist Statement

I wrote this song for my best friend who was going through a toxic relationship. I wanted her to see her beauty inside and out and to learn how to set healthy boundaries in her intimate relationships. As soon as she heard it, she packed her bags, broke up with the person who was dragging her down, and now is living her best life in Toronto, Canada.

I want this song to inspire and empower all women to feel beautiful and confident.

Here is the music video I filmed and recorded at what used to be, a gentleman's only club. Women were only allowed on special occasion and were limited to the powder rooms. In the video, I smoke cigars, play pool and drink scotch - just as a man would.