Airyen Vay is an LA-based singer-songwriter from Botosani, a small town in the north part of Romania. Not too long ago, she released a stunning music video for her “Love Me Like You’re High” single, produced by Douglas Martung. With a melancholic theme, the video touches upon the tender moments shared with a past love. Looking for validation that she’s still important, even though alone, the video crescendos to the realization that what she was missing wasn’t a failed relationship, but rather the validation of self-love within. Highlighting the choices, memories, romance, intimacy, and vulnerability, Airyen Vay shines with a soulful and emotive voice, visually showcasing the sensitivity, the kindness, but also the strength of a woman.
“This is based on a real story. I’ve written this song during a time when I was heartbroken over an old boyfriend. Then realizing that what I was missing the most was that part of him that was giving me validation. Sometimes as humans we feel insecure so we are looking for empowerment, especially from our partner, in order to feel good with ourselves even though that power is always within us.” – Airyen Vay explained
‘Love Me Like You’re High’ is ornamented with pentatonic scales, strong vocals, and vibrato trills glowing in evocative emotion. The heartfelt tune depicts the intensity of an old memory at the height of an emotional rollercoaster. Also, “Love Me Like You’re High” captures the intense pain of a breakup, where the protagonist (Airyen Vay) is almost willing to let go of herself just to make the relationship work once again.
Neena Rose is a singer-songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her “Perfect Stranger” single, which tells an intriguing tale about a young woman who finds herself in a weekend-long relationship with someone who could potentially ruin her life. Apparently, this stranger/friend possesses a dark side, but she is already head-over-heels in love and doesn’t want to lose what they have. Later, she admits that maybe things “won’t end well” for them.
“I love it all. But writing lyrics is my favorite part. I want people to gain empowerment from my music. Also, I want it to communicate to them: You’ve got this, you can be different. You can do anything.” – Neena Rose explained
Neena Rose has garnered large followings across all social media platforms, especially on TikTok with over 880,000 followers. She owns a production company, Rosatone Records, distributed by CMDSHFT. Neena engineers, produces her vocals, does her artwork, and edits her promotional videos. She captures the spirit of her generation and hopes to take the pop world by storm. Also, “Perfect Stranger” serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear on Neena Rose’s upcoming EP, entitled, 333, set to be released in fall 2021.
Sahara Beck is a talented singer-songwriter from Australia. Not too long ago, she released an appealing lyric video for her “Crave Me” single, produced by ARIA Award nominee, Tony Buchen.
“When we made this video, we were in the early days of navigating Covid lockdowns in 2020. And I just really wanted people to watch it and feel like they weren’t stuck at home and be able to sing along and have fun with it. My housemate said why don’t you do a karaoke video? And that is where the idea was born.” – Sahara Beck explained
The visually intoxicating video, directed and produced by the creative collective, Method To My Madness, captures Sahara Beck on a girls-night-out for some karaoke fun and frivolity. The video is set in the lush and dramatic red tones of The Outpost Bar, located inside The Fortitude Music Hall, Meanjin. Sahara is called to the stage cheered on by her BFF’s Patience Hodgson, Emily Wurramara, Squidgenini, and Hannah Biddell. Viewers watch Sahara performing “Crave Me” as she dances alongside two drag queens, Briefs Factory Internationals’ Fez Fa’anana and Mark ‘Captain Kidd’ Winmill, beneath the glow of glittery disco balls and cascades of bubbles.
Thalia Falcon is a rising singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. Not too long ago, she released a wonderful R&B tune, entitled, “Plug N Play,” which contains tuneful melodies that will resonate well with listeners who vibe with Spotify’s Pop Sauce and Internet Crush playlists. Also, “Plug N Play” follows mildly on the heels of Thalia Falcon’s previously released singles, “Enter, Action” (featuring Sage the Gemini), “Need to Know,” and “Out Your Life”.
“Sometimes a girl just wants to have fun without all of the Lovie Dovie. Get to the point ya know. I’m busy chasing my dreams in this thing called life, and they are chasing their own. Just a friendship without the relationship.” – Thalia Falcon explained
Thalia Falcon started releasing music in the middle of the pandemic and she’s already achieved some noteworthy milestones as an indie artist. Her dad is a musician and performer. Their bond and love for music is her foundation and now she’s chasing her dream her way. Music has always been an influential part of Thalia’s life for as long as she can remember. Also, her Greek and Cuban roots instilled respect and devotion to her craft and family.
Token (Ben Goldberg) is a rising rapper from Massachusetts. Not too long ago, he released an appealing music video for his “Sip” single. The song displays Token’s range as an artist, showcasing his softer vocals with a lyrical tone that’s more introspective and vulnerable from his past work.
“‘Sip’ is a drunk text to my ex that I never sent. It’s me toasting and celebrating what’s going on in my life, but just wishing she was here to celebrate with me.” – Token explained
“Sip” contains a relationship-based narrative and ear-pleasing rap vocals that will resonate well with fans of Eminem.
Nefertiti Gold is a Haitian-American music producer turned singer-songwriter from the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Not too long ago, she released an endearing neo-soul tune, entitled, “Oh Girl,” which contains a relationship-based narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies.
“The song is about how quickly and unexpectedly someone’s ill intentions become revealed which is reflected in how the track is written. The song starts with ‘he told her’ how fine she is but by the end, the narrative turns to ‘protect your heart and don’t get burned’ exposing that she (me) was only be used for sex. This song has all the classic Motown vibes but with an unexpected lyrical twist that pushes it into modern times.” – Nefertiti Gold stated
Emilya is a 22-year-old independent singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist from Dallas, Texas. Not too long ago, she released a heartfelt R&B tune, entitled, “Emotionally Bankrupt,” which finds Emilya opening up about depression and anxiety. Her lyrics capture the feelings and sentiments that many listeners experience but are often unable to talk about.
“‘Emotionally Bankrupt’ is an attempt to describe the deep feelings of depression and anxiety that so many people face today – something that is often hard to put into words. I wanted to turn something so dark into something used for beauty and used for good through the power of music. Allowing anyone and everyone to find a piece of themselves in the story of the song and realize that they are never alone in their battles.” – Emilya explained
Rachel Moto is a San Francisco-raised singer-songwriter from New Mexico. Not too long ago, she released an appealing music video for her “Wtf” single, produced by multi-platinum producer, Kenny K-Lou Franklin (Master P, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Keyshia Cole). ‘Wtf’ contains a relatable narrative, pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies that will resonate well with fans of Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne.
“‘WTF’ is an ode to crazy young love and trying to find happiness in the midst of greedy people. It’s about someone accepting you just how you are.” – Rachel Moto explained
Music is not the only adventurous thing about Rachel Moto. The 25-year-old has a passion for motorcycles. Also, she has traveled the country participating in stunt shows alongside top riders like Jason Pullen and Robyn Stunts.
Marie Meyer is an up-and-coming 21-year-old Norwegian artist living in Stockholm, Sweden. Not too long ago, she released a lovely debut single, entitled, “Kiss & Tell,” which contains a relationship-based that will resonate well with fans of Ariana Grande and Zara Larsson.
“‘Kiss & Tell’ is about young love. Shy, being curious about a potential lover and wondering whether they like you back. Yet confident, knowing what you want and you’re determined to get it.” – Marie Meyer explained
A Nordic ice princess with an international dream is how you could perfectly describe Marie Meyer. She has always been aware of her ambitions and started working on her career at an early age.
The location is South-side Jamaica, a rough and tough neighborhood in Queens, New York, and home to Babita Harris, an uninsured single parent who falls ill after returning home from vacation. She is taken to a hospital, where Salome McBryant diagnoses her with having black fever disease, which has done a significant amount of damage to her liver. With a couple of months to live, Babita's only hope of survival is a costly liver transplant. But with no health insurance, the chance of surgery is slim. What she needs is a quarter of a million dollars in cash. And that's when Barnes, her only son, along with his best friends, Demus and Baker, spring into dangerous action to get the money. Though their road is paved with good intentions, the brothers in arms are in for a few surprises and a whole lot of heat in this supernatural thriller which tells two remarkable tales of crime and redemption.
Barnes, Demus, and Baker are back with another actioned-packed adventure. This time, they travel to Monomotapa, Alkebulan, where the king and queen were recently slain by Ego, a familiar nemesis whom the three Black boys thought they had destroyed in the afterlife. But they were deeply mistaken. Now, Ego has in his possession The Hotep Brother Manuscript, a sacred book filled with spiritual laws and enchanting spells, which he uses to turn the Monomotapan military into Egomaniacs. By his side is Deadra, a divine entity, and their goal is to rule Monomotapa and discontinue all shipments of gold to Planet Black, the home of the deities. Currently, the black planet is vulnerable, protected by a thin layer of gold that is quickly depleting. With the threat of an incoming meteoroid shower looming, there’s no telling what might happen to Planet Black if a large shipment of gold doesn’t arrive there soon.