Holly Rey – YOU EP
Written by Seth Smith on December 13, 2019
SAMA Award Winner Holly Rey has released her EP You earlier in October 2019. The Queen on House music’s ‘Deeper’ is the evergreen hit every artist dreams of. The compelling Afro-House track streaked to Number One on every major radio chart and held on at the top for weeks. With the lyrics on everyone’s lips, ‘Deeper’ snatched the coveted SAMA Record of the Year in 2019. Decided by audience vote alone, this title lent fresh wings to Holly Rey’s career as a recording artist.
Certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA) – ‘Deeper’ didn’t just snatch the most prestigious award in the SA Music constellation. Driven by 3.5-million streams and 25-thousand downloads, the video for “Deeper” streaked past 6 million views on YouTube within the days of the announcement.
Holly has since earned the reputation as one the hardest working artists in the industry. Playing to should out gigs across South Africa and across borders in Lesotho, Botswana and Uganda. The house artist recently received pan-African acclaim with a NAMA 2019 Nomination for Pan African Artist of the Year. She was also invited to headline the awards events.
Instead of sitting back to enjoy the accolades and relying solely on the success of Deeper, she was in the studio a few short weeks later, working on the next chapter of her story. Holly Rey had been itching to work with SA’s favorite hit maker Dr Moruti. She also brought in the incredible production duo, Colours of Sound and the young breakout Zimbabwean producer Murphy Cubic.
Holly Rey was the executive producer on the EP, working with an incredible team of young producers she built a House EP that smoulders with vocal depth and offers a fresh point of view in a growing cross over house market. Asked why she chose the EP format with its eight tracks, the songbird had this to say:
“I got to work with these awesome producers on an intense creative spree. The idea of an EP is that tracks would hit the streets quicker. I could get on the road to perform them, bring them to life for the fans. Then I can get back in the studio with the guys and do it all over again, constantly releasing fresh sounds instead of being locked into one long heavy body of work.”
A stand out track on the EP is “Midnight Lover” produced by Murphy Cubic, a young Zimbabwean who produces a huge range of sounds but Holly and Murphy have been able to find their sweet spot in an inter-continental House sound which pops in Midnight Lover. Other stand out tracks would have to be “Fire” produced by Dr Moruti and “Running” by Colours of Sound.
Full Track List
Fire – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Dr Moruti
You – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Murphy Cubic
Give Me Back – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Murphy Cubic
Running – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Colours of Sound
Scared To Love You – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Colours of Sound
Late Night Lover – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Murphy Cubic
Looking For You (EP Version) – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Dr Moruti
Turn Me On – Written by Holly Rey – Produced by Colours of Sound
The EP has been mixed by Keys Snow and mastered by Rogan Kelsey.
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