MOBO-award-winning artist Stefflon Don releases brand-new single “The One”. The new music is the second single to be released from her highly anticipated debut album Island 54, following “Clockwork” which features Dancehall legend Spice.
Speaking on the single, Stefflon Don says, “I can’t wait for you all to hear this track – it’s been a long time coming! The One is a switch up from Clockwork with a more singing vibe. This should give you a feel for the different vibes, sounds and influences to come on Island 54.”
Today, trailblazing Nigerian R&B singer Ray Blk announces her highly anticipated debut studio album ACCESS DENIED set for release on September 17th via Island Records. A highlight off her upcoming project, Ray drops her anthemic new single “M.I.A.” featuring Def Jam artist Kaash Paige, who has worked with the likes of Travis Scott, Alicia Keys and Moneybagg Yo.
Speaking about the upcoming album, Ray says: “I’ve been looking forward to this moment of releasing my debut album since I was 13 in the studio with MNEK learning how to write songs and knew for certain I wanted to be a singer. Access Denied is for those who like myself, know disappointment too well and have learned to create boundaries as a coping mechanism for self protection. I’ve opened up about how the childhood I had made me guarded, how disappointing relationships made me fear love and how being told no so many times in the music industry kicked me down, but I got back up. I want people to listen to this record and value themselves enough to deny access to those who are undeserving, and to also value themselves enough to keep believing in themselves when they’re denied access to certain spaces and say yes to themselves when the world tells them no.”
Featured guests on the 14-song set include Giggs, Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical, Suburban Plaza and of course Kaash Paige. The album has been years in the making and Ray is thrilled that she will be able to share her artistry, heart and soul with her fans.
“MIA is my summer anthem as we’re released from lockdown,” Ray explains on the inspiration behind the track. “It’s just about escaping, or being with someone who feels like an escape, like you’re on holiday and just at peace, away from the noise. After being in lockdown for so long and being overwhelmed or feeling low, I’m ready to be out with the people I love the most in our element with this playing in the background as the soundtrack to our summer.”
Ray has spent lockdown writing and recording her long-awaited debut album which promises to be one of the cultural highlights of the year, reminding everyone what a truly special and unique artist she is. She also wrote and performed “Warriors”, the lead track from the hugely acclaimed 8 times BAFTA nominated film Rocks, which has also been nominated for Sync Of The Year at this years Music Week Awards.