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My Queen: Lady Wray

 

This is one of the best records of the year. You have to own on vinyl.

Apologies for being to forward, but I’m not wrong here.

Queen Alone is one of those classics, taking you round the orbit of relationship: falling in love with the wrong person but still calling them up anyway. Keeping on smiling, saying “No more B.S” and letting go.

Brooklyn’s Big Crown Records have nurtured Queen Alone into something beautiful, with production from the label’s own Leon Michels (El Michels Affair) and Tom Brenneck (The Dap-Kings – Daptone Records). It is evident that people cared about creating something good and believed in this project which feeds us, the audience.

After being signed at 17, Nicole Wray has had a fruitful career in the industry. Starting out as a collaborator with Missy Elliot in the ’90s. She made her album debut with Make It Hot, in 1988 and her first single peaked at no 5 in the billboard chart. She later went on to collaborate with Damon Dash, Kid Cudi, The Black Keys and Terri Walker.

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Alongside the peaks and troughs of the industry, Wray’s personal life was equally as testing, with friends passing too young, family members suffering from drug addiction and run ins with the law. Wray used these events and the emotions that followed them as fuel to keep pushing forward with her career as a singer, sharing from the soul.

 “You have to go through something for it to be real.”

– And it shows, there is this level of authenticity in the lyrics that gives us solid emotion to hold on to.

 

 

 

✭✭✭Buy Queen Alone and other tracks here. ✭✭✭


 

Make Me Over features on AzucarMag’s August Playlist: Listen Here.

 

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