UNVEILS BRAND NEW TRACK
‘MONEY’ OUT NOW
Tour supports confirmed with Michael Kiwanuka & James Bay
Born and raised in West London, singer-songwriter Rukhsana Merrise (known to most as Rox), today unveils ‘Money’, out now through Communion Music/Caroline International.
It’s Rukhsana’s powerful yet effortless voice that takes the lead on new track ‘Money’. Combined with a rich and textured production, a towering chorus and a reflective stripped back acoustic, soul sound. The result is truly engrossing and a true testament to Rukhsana’s musical talents.
There is something truly unique about Rukhsana. Beautifully captivating, she’s the type of artist that makes you forget about everything else in the room. Opening her live shows with a warm and heartfelt welcome, “Alright, darlin’”, she immediately puts her audience at ease. Lyrically, she is a reticent voice for her generation. In her own words: “I just wanna be the truest representation of myself. I’m not trying to be a torchbearer.”
Whilst working as a songwriter for hire and trying to build her name, Rukhsana quit her day job working in a bank and started working at The Dove pub in Hammersmith. It was here that she took inspiration from the everyday conversations which help form her semi-autobiographical songwriting. Rukhsana’s own creative elements came together in 2014 when she set herself a target to release one track every week for a month – this brought the arrival of her EP ‘September Songs’. Having been signed based on the huge reaction and organic streams online, her debut EP has now racked up nearly half a million plays on Soundcloud and over 1.5 million on Spotify since its release last year, and saw her added to the bill at Somersault, Bushstock and Glastonbury festivals last year.
Right away your ears will pick up all sorts of influences. In her debut EP Rukhsana took influence from folk, hip hop and soul, whilst new track ‘Money’ shows her clear progression as a singer-songwriter without losing those same hip hop and soul elements. She often cites the likes of Frank Ocean and D’Angelo as inspirations because they make their audience wait until they’ve worked out exactly how they want to present their musical truths. Growing up listening to everyone from Dennis Brown and Fleetwood Mac to Joni Mitchell. Rukhsana says “I like digging through my mum’s music. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac, 10cc, Karen Carpenter, Joni Mitchell… Joni’s when I found out that you can write about anything.”
In terms of the current British crop, she has already supported the likes of Jack Garratt, Laura Mvula, Oh Wonder, Bear’s Den and Leon Bridges, which are all an indication of her unique approach to combining genres and sounds old and new to create something that fits her own individualism.
Fresh from playing her own sold out headline show in January, Rukhsana is set to open for James Bay on his European tour, which includes two London Hammersmith Apollo dates on March 31st & April 1st. She will also be supporting Michael Kiwanuka at Cadogan Hall on March 30th and will be performing at this year’s Great Escape festival in May.
– Tour Dates –
Wednesday 30th March – Cadogan Hall – London, UK
Friday 11th March – Sala Vistalegre- Madrid, Spain
Saturday 12th March – Razzmatazz- Barcelona, Spain
Monday 14th March – Alcatraz- Italy, Milan
Tuesday 15th March – X-Tra- Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday 16th March – Zenith- Munich, Germany
Friday 18th March Palladium – Cologne, Germany
Saturday 19th March – Sporthalle- Hamburg, Germany
Monday 21st March – The Annex- Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday 22nd March – Sentrum Scene- Oslo, Norway
Wednesday 23rd March – Vega- Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 25th March – Columbiahalle- Berlin, Germany
Saturday 26th March – Lotto Arena- Antwerp, Belgium
Thursday 31st March – London Hammersmith Apollo- London, UK
Saturday 2nd April – London Hammersmith Apollo- London, UK
Great Escape Festival – 19th – 21st May – Brighton, UK