From making music in her bedroom to debuting her acclaimed EP and upcoming album at the Royal Albert’s Hall Elgar Room, it’s safe to say that South London based Neo-Soul singer Raelle is truly coming into her own in 2022.
Following a string of successful single’s, Raelle’s latest release ‘Grace’ is described by her as the ‘best song I’ve written yet’. In this self proclaimed sad-girl bop, Raelle’s distinctive, honeyed vocals sit above a swirling, soul-searching yet driving instrumental that swells with a luscious live string quartet, recorded at Scratch studios in London.
I spoke to Raelle to get a deeper understanding of what Grace means to her, and the creative process behind the song:
‘It’s about finding God in yourself’ she tells me; ‘I sent an idea, and Gabe (Gifford) sent one back. I just wanted the whole track from the lyrics, to the vocal arrangement and the instrumental arrangement to have meaning, and all be speaking the same message, of loss, pain and hopelessness, and I’m really happy with how it came out….I literally wrote this song over WhatsApp, with a busted headphone mic’.
Aching with a darkness that’s lifted by the glowing, hopeful arrangement, Raelle’s lyricism conveys a message of being ‘tired of swimming’, and eagerness to escape an all consuming depression. Against the backdrop of its psychedelic, Neo-Soul influenced soundscape, she rises out of the depths, finding strength in spirituality and her ‘grace’.
Along with being long listed for Glastonbury’s 2022 Emerging Talent competition, Raelle’s been featured extensively across radio and publications, such as Jamz Supernova on BBC 1Xtra, BBC Introducing, WORDPLAY Magazine and DJ Ace’s R&B show to name a few. It’s clear to see that she is captivating tastemakers across the industry with her hypnotic vocals and songwriting, and with a new album on the horizon, we are so excited to see what’s next to come in her journey.