Despite the fact that more than 300 million people around the world suffer from depression, and over 450 million people will suffer from mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, there’s still huge amounts of stigma surrounding the topic. Thus, It’s definitely unusual for musical or lyrical subjects of choice.
Don’t tell that to Toronto alternative rock songstress Delyn Grey, whose new single/music video Battle is completely unafraid, bold even, in its exploration of what depression feels like for someone in the throes of it. This kind of honest vulnerability can be refreshing, revelatory even. Just ask the generations of musicians who grew up listening to artists like Nirvana, PJ Harvey, and Jeff Buckley. Delyn, at the age of 20, is one of them.
Her goal: “I want to make music that’s fearless. I don’t want people to hear it and think I play it safe. I want people to listen to it and go, ‘That was heavy. Didn’t think it would hit me like that’ The cool thing is that I’ve had 12-year-old Disney-crazed kids and 55-year-old classic rock fans tell me they love it. I think any kind of music fan can find something in my music because it’s truthful. I put everything I have into it, man. It’s the real stuff.”
Vibey, alt-rock Toronto artist, Delyn Grey, is looking to revamp mainstream music trends and break barriers. Grey’s distinct marriage of influences ranging from garage rock to R&B music makes for a revolutionary, angst-tinted, and compelling performance, in-studio and on stage. Cookie cutters need not apply.
From the artist: “When I turned 17, I hit a real low and music quickly became my outlet. ‘Battle’ is the product of my fight against it during that time. Vocalizing my frustration, fear, and anger -quite literally- is what keeps me fighting. My hope is that this song will find people that need it, just like it found me.”
Delyn Grey also has the distinction of being the opening act for legendary rock artist Bif Naked Friday, Feb 28 for Bif’s “Songs and Stories 2020 Tour” at the Sanctuary Centre for the Artists in Ridgeway, Ontario. The event is sold out.
Watch the BATTLE music video on Delyn Grey’s Youtube channel.
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