We cannot rayve enough about RAYE. The British Singer-Songwriter actually isn’t quite a newbie. She surfaced in 2018 and quickly was recognized with BRIT Award nominations. She’s written for the likes of John Legend and Beyoncé and it doesn’t get bigger than that. Her debut album was supposed to come quite some time ago but never surfaced and finally we get MY 21st CENTURY BLUES, her phenomenal debut released independently via Human Re Sources and distributed by The Orchard in Canada.
You’ve most definitely heard her single “Escapism” (ft. Shake 070), an intricately-layered journey into a dark place as Raye recounts dealing with a painful breakup through distraction. It has charted impressively on the Top Ten of the Canadian Hot 100. This however is only the tip of the iceberg. She has so much to say and so much range, but you can only witness it if you give her Album a proper listen. She’s been through so much to get where she is today, and we’re a huge fan.
Such a joy meeting RAYE, this her first ever visit to Toronto. She was so lovely, still donning makeup from her fabulous appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. An intimate, sold-out show is next tonight at The Velvet Underground, followed by an opening spot for Kali Uchis this May at Coca-Cola Colisseum.
She is just incredible live! See the powerful performance here of “Ice Cream Man“, a song which bravely faces her experience with a trauma:
A Highlight Reel from her show at The Velvet Undergound:
@mrwillwong Raye excites me! This British Singer-Songwriter is making huge gains with her smash hit #Escapism, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Such immense talent. Her debut Disc #M21cb is one of the best Albums I have heard in some time! #Raye #My21stCenturyBlues #Toronto ♬ original sound – Mr. Will Wong
MY 21st CENTURY BLUES is now in stores. Stream it here.
(Photo/video credit: Human Re Sources/Mr. Will Wong)
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