Song of the Day: It Ends With Us – April Jai

London-based singer/songwriter APRIL JAI presents her first single of 2022 titled ‘It Ends With Us’ which is based on the TikTok sensation and bestselling book ‘It Ends With Us’ By Colleen Hoover.

April says of release: “After I read this book I could not get the story out of my head and I felt so compelled to write a song about it. This is a sad and liberating song about falling in love with the wrong person and all of the pain that surrounds that relationship. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to walk away. “

April released her debut 5 Track EP, ‘The Last Goodbye’ in 2017 which landed the number two spot on the iTunes Country Chart and met with glowing reviews. Following the success her debut EP, April performed at gigs and festivals across the UK and Europe as well as opening up for international artists such as Sarah Darling and Angel Snow.

During lockdown, April wrote and recorded several singles which gained her radio coverage with single, ‘It Could Be Us’ as well as being included in Spotify’s “Easy” Editorial Playlist with her song ‘Me Too’.

Now guys, you’re in for a real treat here. have a listen to ‘It Ends With Us’ below…

Song of the Day: Without Me – Celine Ellis

Hailing from Northamptonshire (UK), accomplished singer-songwriter and independent recording artist CELINE ELLIS has 20 years of songwriting tucked under her belt and has been around a block or two, and down enough roads to have a few stories to tell. Songs like ‘Without Me’ and ‘Fallen Angel’ show us just how deeply Celine see’s the world, and she conveys this with such honesty and grit. ‘Drive On Through’ shows us her adventurous, playful side, and really brings home that catchy, singable chorus that defines any road trip playlist.

‘Without Me’ is the latest of Celine’s original releases and will be the lead single on her brand new EP being announced soon. Inspired by a quote written by a friend on Facebook, Celine was encouraged to confront a previous breakup and write what she had wanted to say all those moments ago…

Echoing the melancholy of the lyrics with a stripped back arrangement, the track demonstrates a gentle vulnerability and delivers a pensive look at this situation.

Have a listen to ‘Without Me’ – and I guarantee you that this stunning single will grab your heart from the very start.

New Lease Music’s Top Ten Songs of 2021

NEW LEASE MUSIC presents the Top Ten Songs of 2021, completing the top ten list series for now.

Here you’ll find a real eclectic mix of genres – so whatever you’re into, I’m very confident you’ll find it here!

Wishing you guys a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the list.

10. RETAIL THERAPY – TILLY VALENTINE

9. SAY MY NAME – THEO TAMS

8. SILVER LINING – THE MYSTERY PLAN (FT. BIG SUPREME)

7. HINT OF PINK – REALMA

6. 2840 – STRUGGLE


5. LOVE & FREQUENCIES – BOY NASH

4. CELINÉ AND THE BLUE – CRAVE LOVE

3. BABY ONE MORE TIME – GENA PERALA

2. I NEED YOU – CAITLIN MIN FA

1. KISSES – CHLOE CATTELL

REVIEW: HASTEN MERCY – HEAD FAKE’S MICHAEL BAKER

Fusing indie pop with influences of country and folk music may seem like an odd partnership on paper for many, but this is what fundamentally makes up Toronto artist Michael Baker’s three-piece project, ‘Hasten Mercy.’

The haziness of the 80’s inspired synths softly poke through the hazy backdrop introduces the EP through the single ‘Star You Are.’ The guitar rounds up the three-and-a-half production, giving off a rich Americana sound.

With the driving grit of the electro bassline being the main feature, the second offering, ‘These Things’ (personally) more takes on a trippy downtempo tone, contributed by the woeful presence from the piano and violins.

Offering an appealing imitate setting, the artist invites us into his world through the final single, ‘I Break Everything’. He uses a vocal instrument to give a wholesome folk ballad that works perfectly against the soft electronic backdrop.

Michael Baker, who is the man behind the moniker Hasten Mercy, is known for pushing the boundaries to the extreme when it comes to experimenting with different genres. His solo project is a true testimony of his ability to merge unlikely genres into a very pleasing collection. All three singles have a solid potential for commanding regular attention on contemporary radio stations.

Have a listen to Hasten Mercy’s mini collection below…

Must Listens: I Break Everything, These Things

Gena Perala Puts A Spin On Britany Spears’ Hit, ‘ Baby One More Time’

Following her string of the pop covers earlier this year, which includes, Miley Cyrus’, ‘We Can’t Stop’ and Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, GENA PERALA circles back with another cover, this time taking on Britany Spears’ ‘Baby One More Time’

Recorded in her ‘home studio’ – only using a microphone and a laptop – Gena adds a smooth country twang to the 90’s pop classic, which pays homage to the #freebritney movement, a fan-led social media campaign which supports the Queen of Pop’s liberation from her conservatorship. Britany’s conservatorship was finally terminated last Friday (12th November), after 13 years under her father’s control.

Have a listen to Gena’s version of ‘Baby One More Time below…