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Approved: Saya Gray

By | Published on Thursday 26 May 2022

Saya Gray

With a hefty bout of touring experience as a session bassist for other artists under her belt, Saya Gray has more recently stepped out as an artist in her own right. With her debut mixtape, ‘Nineteen Masters’, out next month, she returns now with the latest single from it, ‘Empathy 4 Bethany’.

Like earlier single, ‘If There’s No Seat In The Sky (Will You Forgive Me?)’, the song deals with the issue of falling in love when you’re constantly about to head out on the road again.

“I live very non-committal – I haven’t had a lease in years”, she recently told The Face. “I have a lot of energy, and the momentum of that suits me”.

However, in 2019, that life started to take its toll, she explains: “I was in a really exhausted state. I remember being like, ‘Is this all there is?’ It was this internal process of dealing with my mental health and having no home, just living out of a bag. Eventually, it gets to your brain”.

Confronting these feelings face on in her own songs, wrapped in an intimate, experimental folk sound, she has created something that really stands out.

‘Nineteen Masters’ is out through Dirty Hit on 9 Jun. Watch the video for ‘Empathy 4 Bethany’ here: