Track of the Day: Stefan James “Situation” (2018)

Vocalist, songwriter and producer Stefan James is the new face of soulful pop and we promise that he’s bound for big places. Traversing the difficult road to recovery after a history of tragic events and substance abuse, James turned to music for help and now the emerging 20 year old artist is playing packed out shows with the release of his debut track “Situation.”

Capturing the emotion, isolation and pain surrounding substance dependence and a life marred by the loss of his older brother, the entrancing opening notes are captivating yet anguished, delicate yet raw and honest. With a mix of fragile instrumentation and breath-taking falsetto dripping in soul, the track beautifully moulds the reflection of the trials of drug addiction. Coupled with his intense, mournful lyrics, Stefan James’ debut track is spectacular. With music enabling him to poetically share his experiences, James said:

“I’ve been there. When you’re feeling down, just put a couple of my songs on and cry or smile. Whatever you have to do to get through that moment. You’re not alone.”

Coming from the heels of a stellar showcase debut at E&C in New York where the young artist played to a packed house of industry tastemakers.

“Situation” sets the stage for more music set to be released later this year. Stefan James can be found on Facebook and wherever you get your music.

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Tiana Sixsmith

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