After she describes her multi-faceted identity, Americana and country soul singer/songwriter Crys Matthews laughs with a slight trace of self-deprecation, “I’m the poster child for intersectionality, right?!” She is.
While each and every day, on each and every media platform, we’re reminded of the division, alienation, marginalization, and divisiveness rampant in our country (and our world), we’re not often enough met with people like Matthews who exist as reminders of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides.
A native of the South and the daughter of a preacher, this Americana-creating, Black lesbian — who is in an interracial marriage — understands and appreciates the myriad ways her background informs her ability to help others empathize with those with whom they might assume they have nothing in common. With her recent full-length album, The Imagineers, and her compassionate, politically charged EP, she is recruiting an “Army of Lovers,” despite all of the divides — real or perceived — that come between us, driving out hate not with hate, but with love.
Africa-based R&B singer Connie premieres the new single, “Remember,” a song that calls out the opposite sex for their selfish ways.
“Remember when you told me that you wanted me / Remember when you told me that you need me / Remember when you told me that it’s just me,” she recalls on the feel-good track.
“‘Remember’ is a song about loving someone who doesn’t deserve you,” Connie tells Singersroom. “This song is about a good girl who gives her all to a “bad-boy” who always finds his way back to the bad girls of his past. Some people never change.”
“Remember” was produced by Cape Town’s Kosher Studios and FiveStar Beats (USA), and will appear on Connie’s upcoming EP, a body of work that will represent women like her.
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Rochester, NY’s fast-rising band, Ovtlier (pronounced: Outlier), have been turning heads with their brand of anthemic hard rock as found on their upcoming debut EP What Doesn’t Kill You, which drops on December 8th. Check out some more music via the premiere of new single “Break”, head over to iTunes as well, plus get further stoked on the Joey Arena-led band with the recently-released “Set The World In Flames” video below.
When I was presented with the new EP, Strangers, from 19-year old Mason Ashley, I was blown away by the maturity in her poetic and relatable lyrics. The second thing that caught my attention was her flawless, clear vocals that were enhanced by the tight, crisp production on each of the 6 tracks on Strangers. There is definitely an independent feel to the EP, but it is balanced out by production that gives it is modern, commercial feel that could vault Mason Ashley into the Top 40.
Writing songs that are heartfelt and real can be a challenge for some songwriters, but Mason Ashley has found a way to tell a story with each of her songs that draws out the emotions and feelings of real people. When talking about her process of writing the track, she finds something special about what she does. “The song is about using music to tell someone how you’re feeling,” Ashley mused about writing the song,”You Should Know”. “It’s about saying everything you never said to someone and knowing it won’t fix everything but there’s something so freeing about getting things off your chest and baring it all. The inspiration for this song actually came from someone writing a song for ME. Being a songwriter, I’m always the one writing about other people…it’s never the other way around. I started thinking about how crazy cool it is to be a songwriter and that my entire life and career is about telling stories and confessions.”
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