Song of the Day: Be There For Me – Mariam

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Singer/songwriter and self-taught guitarist MARIAM‘s infectious blend of soul, folk and pop effort, Be There For Me has caught the attention of NEW LEASE MUSIC, making the three-and-a-half-minute chirpy number the dish of the day. Be There For Me is the first release from the upcoming EP, Heart to Heart, set for release 4th November.

After fine tuning her passion for poetry and creative pieces from a young age (in which she credits her Nigerian heritage), the South Londoner struck out in 2011, and soon became well acquainted with the underground scene and started playing open mic nights. These experiences turned into opportunities and MARIAM joined the London Community Gospel Choir (who has supported artist such as Tom Jones, Sam Smith and more) and started working on original material with local artists (including British artist Samm Henshaw).

Now the pop/soulful songstress has shared her debut single…and beyond those uplifting and soul-warming soundscapes, boasts a powerfully heart-wrenching lyrics of unrequited love…and that moment of harsh realisation that you can’t make anyone love you or reciprocate affection.

Have a listen to Be There For Me.

New Track: Adapt To Thrive – Ebson

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Announcing his arrival with the compelling, rallying cry of Adapt to Thrive,alternative soul artist
EBSON creates a real ‘anthem for struggle’. With a cinematic landscape and deep rooted soul sensibilities, it’s a record that will speak volumes to anyone who has ever felt they had a battle to overcome, finding the strength to fight for what they believe in.
Adapt to Thrive is a carefully crafted four-minute musical interplay of darkness and light, with a piano-led track that invites comparisons to artists such as James Blake, Jamie Woon and Samm Henshaw. Against multi-layered vocal harmonies, crashing percussion, and the gothic chime of bells, EBSON‘s dark, blues-infused vocals draw on raw emotion that reverberates with a deep authenticity and unmistakable London sound.
Defiant lyrics reference ‘rising up through the cracks to take control’ and the refrain – ‘we will rise up so high’ – paints a picture of ascension and triumph over adversity. lt is a track that is simultaneously haunting, uplifting – and entirely soulful.
Produced by Charlie J Perry and mixed by Grammy nominee Alex Evans, Adapt to Thrive is the result of a year’s writing and recording, that began when EBSON dreamed up the underlying melodies whilst walking through the bustling streets of London. Referencing life in the city as a key source of inspiration, EBSON is a distinctly UK artist, whose music is imbued with the kind of understated self-confidence that can only come from a recording artist who really is adapting to thrive.