Rina Sawayama Reflects in Soaring New Ballad “Phantom” from New Album ‘Hold the Girl’ Out 9/16; Fall Tour


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Multifaceted, genre-hopping singer/songwriter Rina Sawayama has shared another track from her upcoming album, Hold the Girl, which will be released on Sept. 16.

As Sawayama has shown with each song, there are no limits or boundaries to the types of songs she puts together. This latest single, “Phantom,” is a sweeping power ballad in which Sawayama shows off her vocal range, while channeling some deep-seated emotions:

“I realized as an adult that I have spent my whole life pleasing other people and not realizing it – constantly pushing my boundaries and not realizing the difference between what I wanted to do and what other people wanted from me,” said the artist in a statement. “Through the lyrics in the verse I’m trying to tell this story and then in the choruses I’m morning the loss of my real self.”

Other songs debuted recently from Hold the Girl include the title track:

“Catch Me in the Air,” a slice of pop perfection with a heartfelt message of love and appreciation extended from the artist to her mother, who raised Sawayama as a single parent:

And “This Hell,” is an empowering, life-affirming LGTBQ pride anthem from Sawayama, who publicly identifies as both bisexual and pansexual.

Sawayama is one of the most intriguing and risk-taking acts in the rock/pop world these days, whose career has built momentum in recent years with compelling releases. Stay tuned for more from this new album.

To catch up on Rina Sawayama’s recent success, here’s a bit of a primer, per a news release:

In 2020, Rina’s debut album SAWAYAMA became one of the most critically acclaimed albums that year landing on over 50 album of the year lists, including the New York Times (#2), The Guardian (#3) and Rolling Stone (#6). The last 18 months have seen Rina Sawayama achieve a magnitude of milestones including changing the Mercury Prize and BRITs eligibility rules which meant Non-British artists could apply if they have been a permanent resident in the UK for more than 5 years. In 2021 Elton John joined forces with the pop star to release a special rendition of “Chosen Family,” a powerful and emotional ode to her LGBTQ+ family. Elsewhere Rina injected new life into Lady Gaga’s instant club classic “Free Woman.” 2023 will see Rina in her film acting debut as she stars in John Wick 4 alongside Keanu Reeves.

Her profile larger than ever, Rina Sawayama will also embark on a fall headlining tour that is already selling out in some markets. The dates:

9/3 – Stradbally, Republic of Ireland @ Electric Picnic
10/12 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SWG3
10/13 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SWG3
10/15 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland @ Olympia Theatre
10/16 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland @ Olympia Theatre
10/18 – Nottingham, England @ Rock City
10/20- Manchester, England @ Manchester Academy
10/21 – Birmingham, England @ O2 Academy Birmingham
10/23 – Brighton, East Sussex, England @ Brighton Dome
10/24 – Cardiff, Wales @ The Great Hall
10/26 – London, England @ O2 Academy Brixton

11/1 – Brooklyn, NY @ Great Hall at Avant Gardner
11/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Great Hall at Avant Gardner
11/4 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
11/5 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
11/6 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
11/8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
11/9 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11/11 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
11/12 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Austin
11/13 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
11/16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
11/18 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/21 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium



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