Just discovered Queens-bred indie soul singer Ray Hodges today.  He’s got great energy it certainly comes across in this rousing lead track from  his recently-released debut EP, Braveheart, which dropped last week.  The song is at once an urgent song of resistance and rebirth, as well as a declaration of personal independence.  About the 6-song EP, Ray said this:

Each song on the Braveheart EP has a theme of learning to overcome obstacles and to love yourself. Yes, they are inspired by situations that can be seen as sad, however are meant to leave you with hope and awakening that Warrior, King or Queen within you. When I wrote the songs, that hope and faith was born from a place in me I thought was dead. All things must come to end but nothing truly dies, that’s one thing I’ve learned in this process, it’s an amazing feeling I’m excited to share.

You can check out his other song “Voodoo,” which closes out the most recent Afropunk Mixtape #023.

Keep an eye on Ray: Big things ahead for him, I think.

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