Having released the remarkably diverse “Empress Project” to critical acclaim last year, and triumphant performances at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, Somerset House Summer Series, as well as a sold-out show at O2 Kentish Town Forum, Ray BLK marks her very welcome return with brand-new Island single “In My Bed”. Produced by Toddla T (Skepta, Wiley, Ms. Dynamite) the single is “an angry breakup anthem for the ladies“’ says Ray. “I feel like us girls sometimes get into relationships we know are destined to end badly or with people we know we shouldn’t, because we want to believe they’ll change for you or be different. So, this song is like phase 1 of a breakup where you’re just angry that you were sold a dream”.
Listen to ‘In My Bed’ here: https://RAYBLK.lnk.to/In_My_BedPR
Ray’s “Empress Project” revealed an artist not afraid to tackle difficult and complex issues with genuine understanding, depth, humour and candour. From the youth crime issues at the heart of “Run Run”, to the empowering anthem “Empress”, the heartfelt and universal lyric of“Mama”, and tragic story of a friends passing in “Paradise”, “Empress” showed an artist with a lot to say and the will and skill to say it. Indeed the breadth of Ray’s talent is far reaching, having featured on Rudimental’s single “Scared of Love” with Stefflon Don, as well as becoming a voice of female experience in 2019, speaking at Stylist Live, and being chosen as a panellist for Clara Amfo’s black beauty talk It’s A Shady Business on September 14, at the Southbank Centre alongside Candice Carty Williams (Queenie).
The BBC Sound of 2017 winner (the only unsigned artist to ever win) and MOBO nominatedartist always delivers brash honesty in rap music with her unique blend of soul and R&B spirit. She intricately weaves between genre boundaries borrowing the elements she requires to reach her goals. “I feel proud when my music connects with people,” says the 25-year-old, real name Rita Ekwere, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Catford, South London. Lyrically, Ray’s music is very candid; she isn’t trying to gloss over situations and paint her life as a fairytale. “I say it how it is,” she admits. “The music that I love is the stuff that gives it to you raw. Then you can really connect with it.” The surname BLK that she’s adopted, is a constant reminder of her values: Building Living Knowing.
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