By Jack Barnes
Winner of the coveted BBC Music Sound Poll 2017, (the only unsigned artist to ever win this award) and MOBO nominated Ray Blk, follows her hard-hitting debut single “Run Run” and equally powerful follow up “Empress”, with the release on October 26th of Empress. This wonderfully diverse 8-track set is a collection of songs, which the South London singer/songwriter/artist, describes as a “Project.” The different themes and styles explored across Empress reveal an artist not afraid to address difficult and complex issues with genuine understanding, depth, humor and candor. From the youth crime issues at the heart of “Run Run”, to the empowering anthem “Empress” to the heartfelt and universal lyric of ”Mama,” “Empress,” presents an artist with a lot to say and the will and skill to say it. Fans will have a chance to hear the new songs at Ray’s headlining London show at The Forum, Kentish Town, on Thursday March 28th. If you can’t wait that long, Ray will be the special guest on Rudimental’s UK tour later this month, including a date at Alexandra Palace on Saturday October 27th. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
“A huge thank you to these beautiful girls & their parents for letting them join me for the cover. This project is to uplift, encourage and inspire everyone who’s ever felt like they’re not good enough because of what they look like or where they come from. This one’s for the new generation.” – Ray Blk
RAY BLK’s debut EP ‘Durt’, a diverse seven track mini-album, established Ray as an important and powerful new artist in UK music, an artist whose upbringing and surroundings assuredly shaped her vision. Truly authentic, relatable and always honest, “The Empress Project” will confirm that RAY BLK is here for the long run.
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