From Atlanta, Georgia, the 17 year old musician and songwriter Raury, has been getting a significant amount of very positive reviews for “God’s Whisper,” a song from his forthcoming debut, Indigo Child. The reason? It’s one of the most original sounding and celebratory songs we’ve heard in a long time. The magical tune is eclectic, diverse, and soulful.
Raury has been working on his debut for the last couple years. “God’s Whisper,” announces the debut of a singular voice, seemingly wise beyond his years, and for now, devoid of any trendy influences. He identifies artists like King Krule and Chance The Rapper and Lorde who are creating distinctive music and defining a sound. He’s a musical product of parents who listened to Sade and Anita Baker and Tupac and a brother who played Red Hot Chili Peppers and System of A Down. Raury cites Bon Iver, Bloc Party, Kid Cudi – even Phil Collins – as bands that he’s into. His privilege is being an internet kid, defined by the digital age where unlimited access to culture has only promise and no limitations.
An interview in Mass Appeal reveals the heartbeat of Raury’s drum:
MA: What does the title Indigo Child mean to you?
Raury: Indigo child, in a nutshell, is what I dub my generation. The people like me that are growing up with a shit-load of ambition, drive, and knowledge of where they want to be in life. A lot of people knock our generation, this happens to every generation, but they know very little about how great we actually are. A lot of us are more inclined to have an acceptance of people regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, nationality, or religion because we grew up with the whole world in our face. We knew people were different. Because of that we, the indigo children, are making shifts. A shift is happening in every aspect. Not just society, music too.
MA: Who would be a good representation of this new generation?
Raury: The person I feel like I identify the most with, as far as pioneers of the Internet Age, is Lorde. We both make the type of music that you listen to and don’t know what the fuck to call it, so you just name it alternative. I feel like we’re pioneers of a shit-load of other artists that are about to come out with some great music. Music that’s going to be refreshing to the world. People are getting sick of the same shit. Something needs to happen.
Below, listen to, and watch “God’s Whisper.” Listen to more music on Raury’s SoundCloud
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