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INsiders Guide: R E L, Caleb Hawley, Natalie Shay

Los Angeles EVOCAPOP artist R E L has released her highly anticipated video for the single “Nanagrams”. The visual focuses on overcoming anorexia, body dysmorphia and eating disorders and most of all it’s an anthem for self love and acceptance. R E L revealed, “Music can heal. I’ve chosen to make a 3-side album to address each phase of healing as its own story & as part of a bigger story. I developed anorexia at a very young age (7) & struggled with it for many years. Side A tells the story of a first stage of healing – facing the problem, realizing you’ve been hurting yourself. Self compassion is the first step towards peace.” 

R E L is 23 year old LA artist Arielle Sitrick. Describing her music as EVOCA-POP, a genre the young singer-songwriter created in 2016, derived from “evocative” and “pop”… music that makes you think and feel.  She released a crowd funded debut in 2015, which garnered notable praise from music bloggers, industry and fans. R E L has headlined and performed at high profile venues and industry showcases throughout Los Angeles such as Chris Douridas (KCRW) & MFG’s School Night, BMI Acoustic Lounge, NiteLight, SoFar Sounds, Balcony TV, The Peppermint Club, Hunnypot Live, Writer’s Block and Echo Park Rising. She has amassed over 2 million Spotify streams and a million YouTube views, and is currently working on a 3 side visual album.

R E L invented her own genre because she believes categories force something (and someone) into a mold. No one fits a mold exactly, it can be dangerous to try or to think you’re supposed to. “I grew up in the suburbs, where we tried so hard to fit the molds. We hurt ourselves, hated ourselves, f*cked ourselves over. I did it for a long time. It hurt…and it doesn’t just exist in suburbs. We do it everywhere. Music is medicine. It’s powerful. Love heals, melody carries, lyrics speak the heart.”

New York-based, Minneapolis-born singer, songwriter, and producer, Caleb Hawley has released a new single called “A Minute of Your Love.” Like always Hawley delivers his signature sound of sensuality inspired by the Minneapolis sound of the 80’s and dance rock. Hawley’s music is elevated by stellar live performances, backed by a slew of reviews noting his onstage charisma. His universal reach is evident within keen pop writing that is equal parts conflict and triumph. The development of this track shows Hawley’s incredible talent as an artist, you can hear the care that went into the track on some of the smaller moments. Do yourself a favour and check out Caleb Hawley below.

Multi award-winning, indie pop artist, Natalie Shay has just released her brand new single entitled “Yesterday”. It features dreamlike soundscapes and infectious lyrics, whilst you get captivated by Shay’s amazing vocals. This infectious single is featured in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in 9 countries. The indie pop song narrates the story of getting over a relationship that never became what you wanted it to be, falling for someone that you know never wanted anything serious. Co-written and recorded with Jonathan Vears (Imagine Dragons) and mixed by Pete Dowsett (The Vaccines), the music is brought to life through Shay’s distinct indie pop sensibilities and prominent vocal harmonies. Natalie Shay has recently had the privilege of performing at the world renown Royal Albert Hall, as well as being the featured artist for BBC Radio London and receiving critical acclaim from publications such as Billboard, Clash and The Line of Best Fit. With an growing fan base, Natalie Shay is set for a promising 2019.

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Written by Neill Frazer

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