• Miya Buachie

Emanuel takes us Worldwide

JUNO Award nominated R&B artist Emanuel releases his sanguine track ‘Worldwide, the final glimpse into his inaugural full-length project Alt Therapy.

The Canadian-Ethiopian began his journey as an artist in 2020, releasing his Debut single Need You, which has now garnered over 5 million streams on Spotify alone. The creation of 'Need You’s' collaborative music video, curated by Idris Elba, featured listeners from over 20 countries, certifying Need You as the quarantine anthem. Need you saw the rise of Emanual as he was named Apple Music’s New Artist of the Week among other commendations. Emanuel's ferocious talent was demonstrated further in his critically acclaimed debut EP Alt Therapy Session 1: Disillusion which has been nominated for Traditional R&B/ Soul Recording of the Year for the 50th Annual JUNO Awards this June.

His first single ‘Black Woman’ from his sophomore Ep 'Alt Therapy Session 2: Transformation' was released alongside a digital portrait series, honouring black female leaders in Toronto's artistic and advocacy communities, demonstrating Emanuel's footprint as an artist as his music certainly transcends him. It is easy to see why Emanuel made several end of year lists, to name one, ‘Complex's 25 Canadian Artists to Watch Out For 2021’

Emanuel has now given his listeners the hopeful and healing track Worldwide, which is the foreshadowing of what is to come as the pandemic eases. This dreamy track is a manifestation of Emanuel's goals: a therapeutic sound that compliments Session 1: Disillusion. The melancholy yet dreamy feel of Worldwide's instrumental is enhanced with Emanuel's soothing vocals, which provide a sense of comfort and stability. Emanuel beautifully tells a story of his admiration for movement and exploration of the world, “And there's something in the air wherever you come from”, “I'm tryna take the damn thing worldwide”, a pure commendation of love and the connection that can occur worldwide.

"It’s wild to me how prophetic music can be. I’m still imagining going to those places, smelling the air, performing in front of crowds, and being able to truly live out what the song is talking about: to be able to take the message, the energy we bring, the light we’ve been blessed with; to be able to share that while also being open to receiving wisdom and exporting that back so we can enrich the places we’re in. That beautiful exchange, that’s the heart of it.”