Imen Siar is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Milan, Italy, with Moroccan heritage. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her sensational new single, entitled, “Glitter and Gold.”
The joy and self-empowerment that “Glitter and Gold” convey come across just as powerfully in its music video. Imen is clearly euphoric just as soon as she sings, “I’m turning it all into glitter and gold,” and that provides irresistible energy. The video’s playful vibe is further amplified by placing Imen in the context of a photoshoot and styling session. A tone that’s also elevated with guest appearances from social media stars—Alec Chambers, Jony Sios, and Attis.
“‘Glitter and Gold’ was my first attempt at songwriting. I wanted it to reflect my journey, how my view on life itself has changed, and how it’s made me the confident person I am today. ‘Turning it all to glitter and gold, I’ma be going’ is my favorite line in the song. Growing up, I was heavily bullied. And I made the decision at a young age to try to put a positive spin on the negative moments in my life. Also, I wanted my lyrics to empower listeners to be able to do the same, without fear.” – Imen Siar explained
The opening lyric of “Glitter and Gold” sees Imen stating that she has been “underestimated from day one,” and that candid bravery is at the heart of the song. Imen takes on her previous outsider status, but more importantly, she is acutely determined not to be defined by it, as she forges ahead to a brighter future.
Yung Gravy is a Platinum-certified rap artist from Rochester, Minnesota. Not too long ago, he released an appealing music video for his sensational rap single, entitled, “Betty (Get Money),” produced by Dillon Francis, Dwilly, and Popnick. The song pops off as a generation-bridging banger of the highest order. On the track, Yung Gravy reignites the classic chorus of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” single and its iconic synths. In between, he ignites one clever and catchy bar after another until he turns up on the hook, “Never take an L no more, never take a damn thing slow, all I know is chase this dough and get money.”
“With every project I’ve done, I’ve always had a continuing narrative with MILF names. This is like the eighth name. ‘Betty’ is a dope one. It’s inspired by Betty White, RIP. I reserved the title for one of my favorite songs.” – Yung Gravy explained
‘Betty (Get Money)’ paves the way for much more music to come from Yung Gravy very soon. This year alone, Gravy has only accelerated his meteoric rise. He co-headlined a massive tour with Dillon Francis and unleashed the Cake & Cognac EP. Additionally, he played to packed arenas with the legendary, Limp Bizkit. Also, he has churned out a series of RIAA certified platinum and gold bangers thus far. These include the platinum “Mr. Clean,” platinum “1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot,” gold “oops!,” gold “Magic,” and gold “Whip A Tesla” with bbno$.
Teenear is a rising singer-songwriter based in Miami, Florida, by way of Jamaica. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her “Ain’t Mine” single. The song tells an intriguing tale about a desirable young woman who captures the attention of an affluent young man.
The audiovisual is an installment in a four-part video series — but even if this is your introduction to Teenear, you’ll know exactly what’s going on. We find the artist at a roadside convenience store, dressed to astound passersby with oversized square shades, gold jewelry, and a very revealing top. It’s not tough to see why a man might be interested in her, even one who is off the market.
Teenear draws the attention of a wealthy playboy with a Jaguar and a will to entertain her; before long, they’re out under sunny skies together, where she’s the recipient of flowers, and he’s the target of her suspicions. But why is Teenear explaining all of this to an investigator? You’ll just have to wait until the next segment to find out.
Olivia Penalva is a chart-topping singer-songwriter from British Columbia, Canada. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her new feel-good single, entitled, “Judge Away,” co-written with Troy Samson. The song finds Olivia doing what she does best – thoughtfully employing music to navigate the trials and tribulations of self-discovery.
“The idea for this song came to me late one night while I was scrolling through social media realizing how much judgment there is in the world. I think all of us have experienced some sort of pain from judgment and outside opinion. Whether it be from friends, loved ones, or even strangers. It’s not always easy to accept and love ourselves with all that noise. And I realized how much more liberating it would feel to drown it all out and root for ourselves instead.” – Olivia Penalva explained
‘Judge Away’ contains a positive narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and catchy melodies that will resonate well with fans of Noelle Johnson, Laur Elle, and Madison Olds. The likable tune possesses guitar-laden instrumentation flavored with indie and contemporary pop elements. Furthermore, “Judge Away” follows mildly on the heels of Olivia’s previously released single, “Ex’s,” which charted in the Top 20 on Canadian Radio and in the Top 50 on U.S. Mainstream Pop Radio.
iżi is an up-and-coming 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Leicester, England. Not too long ago, she released a lovely music video for her official debut single, entitled, “Paradise,” which finds iżi singing about the exciting and complicated times of a new relationship. Throughout the song, she pours several elements of her personal life. The joyful video showcases her distinct fashion, charisma, and star quality.
“I wanted the track to be fun and uplifting and capture the feeling of when you realize you have found the right person and are in a relationship which has the potential to flourish into something beautiful.” – iżi explained
iżi is a breath of fresh air. Her love for dancing and singing started at the age of five. At 18, she moved to London to train at the Urdang Academy, where she delved into the world of songwriting and performance. Since then, she has written multiple songs and collaborated with songwriter, Midian Manthers (Beyoncé, Justin Bieber).
Have you ever had to face the daunting experience of taking a new partner home to meet your family? Particularly when your family is super protective and from a traditional European background? Well, RARIA, a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, has lived through this event. Not too long ago, she tells the story via an appealing music video for her sensational new single, entitled, “Kill You Boy.” The RARIA-directed music video for the song features the artist and her extended Italian family.
“When thinking of the video concept for ‘Kill You Boy,’ I knew that I HAD to use my OG family. I had so much fun directing my family in the visual. We basically just had a normal family dinner. I don’t think anybody was even acting! I think that anyone watching will get a pretty accurate insight into how things usually go down. My good friend, Angus Legg, played the role of the ‘nice guy’ that I bring home to meet my parents. He was so perfect for the role and nailed it. Thrifting for everyone’s outfits in this video was a huge highlight and so much fun. My friend, Nathan Smart, did such a great job with the visuals.” – RARIA explained
‘Kill You Boy’ contains a playful narrative, tuneful melodies, and ear-pleasing vocals that will resonate well with fans of Watson, Navvy, and CXLOE. The likable tune follows mildly on the heels of RARIA’s previously released single, entitled, “Dude,” which received huge support from Spotify, both locally and internationally, picking up support from New Music Friday Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Sweden, and Turkey.
Jacob Banks is a London-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Nigeria. Not too long ago, he released a nostalgic neo-soul tune, entitled, “By Design [Evel Knievel],” which contains a relatable narrative and ear-pleasing soul vocals that will resonate well with fans of Michael Kiwanuka, Souls in Rhythm, J Appiah, and Jones Dynamic. The laidback tune also serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear on Jacob Banks’s forthcoming album, entitled, "Lies About the War."
“‘By Design’ is about the novelty of youth, before we were altered. At our core, I truly believe we all just want to love and be loved. But even that is a luxury now. For me, songwriting feels more like remembering a song. I’m trying to remember a vague dream. The song already exists. I just need to be present enough to pull it out of the sky. Nothing is truly new. We’re trying to tell old stories in new ways. Every sound, sample, kick, and snare has been used, but you can put your own little twist on them. Whoever has the best memory wins.” – Jacob Banks explained
Banks’s music recalls familiar feelings, emotions, and memories. He allows a flood of thoughts, perspectives, and inspirations to flow through his music. To date, he has generated nearly 200 million streams across various platforms. In addition to headlining sold-out shows on multiple continents, Banks has delivered electrifying performances at Coachella, SXSW, Austin City Limits, and Lollapalooza. Also, he has performed with Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith, and Alicia Keys.
Leah Harris is a singer-songwriter, pianist, and entrepreneur from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Detroit, MI. Not too long ago, she released a classy neo-soul single, entitled, “Shine,” which Leah wrote with inspiration from the unique creative journeys undertaken by artists and entrepreneurs. Leah sings with great passion, “We all grow up and we’re told to be what everyone around us all expects of us. Maybe, it’s time to shine, for you to shine. You know it’s not too late for you to shine.”
“It takes determination to wake up every morning and pursue a nontraditional dream. I wrote this song as a reminder that, even though it can be a tough road, the unique work of creatives is impactful and deeply appreciated.” – Leah Harris stated
Leah Harris has been featured on several magazine covers in the Detroit area. Not too long ago, she was recognized for her contributions to the Stockholm, Dublin, and Helsinki music scenes, where she lived for nearly a decade before moving to New York City.
Harris draws inspiration from the unique sounds of D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, Prince, and Alicia Keys. Her original songs have been featured on Spotify’s Discover Weekly and over 800 other playlists. Also, her music has been publicly endorsed by Montell Jordan, Kabir Sehgal, and Valerie Simpson.
Niina Soleil (Nina Shallman) is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her dreamy new single, entitled, “Make It Summer.”
“This was such a special project in so many ways. At one point, as we were rolling on an empty PCH during an epic sunset. Nina was nailing the performance, the camera was just where it had to be, and the world felt a bit surreal. I looked at the crew and you could just sense the thrill all around. It was such a high, such a beautiful shoot in so many ways. The visuals of a song don’t always come easy, but with this one, it was crystal clear to me. Such a joy to get to work with a talent like Nina. The technical aspects were pretty challenging, but that was also what made it all so fun.” – stated Carla Dauden, the video director
“‘Make it Summer’ is ultimately about escape. Maybe your escape takes the form of a car or a weekend getaway. Maybe, it’s a vivid daydream or fantasy. But my song celebrates all summer escapes—the spirit of adventure, the impulse to break free from whatever holds you back. Working with Carla Dauden was an absolute dream. She was able to bring out performances and choreograph shots to make a video that perfectly captures the soul of my song: the dreamy, exhilarating feeling of freedom that summer brings.” – Niina Soleil explained