Today, rising Sydney-based singer/songwriter MAXINE is back with her first single in 2021, Who I Am.
Produced by Chunkyluv, Korky Buchek & Tasker, Who I Am is a honeyed, reflective showcase of the strengths of women facing the hardships of a suppressive relationship. The single reminisces on classic R&B landmarks as MAXINE’s divine vocals mimic the ups and downs of love, weaving from delicate moments to euphoric choruses of release driven by a skipping percussion beat and blissed keys. Velvety verses balance personal pleas for autonomy and strength, hazing her audience in spells of self-empowerment.
MAXINE says of the track: “I wrote Who I Am with my good friend Danny Duke. He pushed me to really draw back to the dark thoughts that I had dealing with my past relationship. I really battled with myself because for a long time I knew that being in that relationship wasn’t right for me and my head and my heart were always so conflicted towards the end. It’s my way of setting myself free of the mental chains I kept on myself. I guess I can say, that relationship played a part in making me who I am today.”
Among MAXINE’s previous singles Say Something, Do It, and 2020’s surprise drop, Geppetto’s Strings, the multi-talented singer/songwriter has firmly anchored herself in the sights of tastemakers including FBi Radio, Acclaim, Filter Zine, Purple Sneakers, NME Australia, Music Junkee and more. Still in the fast lane and not letting the pandemic put her down, MAXINE has also been keeping busy taking the mainstage of iconic Sydney venues including Factory Theatre, Vic on the Park and Red Rattler Theatre performing alongside Triple One, A Girl, Planet Vegeta and, in a special release day performance, Groove City.
A natural stage performer, MAXINE has been on a musical journey from a young age, performing nationally in shows and musicals that captivated the crowd’s attention with her powerful presence and sensitivity. Her songwriting capabilities have graced her with the strength to express reflective thoughts, that are brought to life through push-pull rhythm and an organic 70s soul-styling arrangement that tangos with the ease of 90s R&B, varnished with contemporary production.
Dive into the luxurious textures of thriving R&B talent on the rise, MAXINE, as she delivers her latest love-hooked single Who I Am.
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