North London rising R&B singer-songwriter Ryan Ashley today unveils the visuals for his self-affirming summer livener ‘Innocent’ featuring Kate Stewart, released on Platoon Records.
Surrounding the release, Ashley announced his first ever headline show at The Curtain Hotel – October 24th. No stranger to the stage, Ashley has previously supported the likes of MNEK, Becky Hill and Daley on their respective UK tours.
Boasting a sonic landscape of early 00’s R&B nostalgia, ‘Innocent’ is the latest track lifted from Ryan’s eagerly anticipated debut EP of the same title, slated for a July release. The EP features previous singles ‘Shame’, ‘Care For You’ and fan favourite ‘Chest’, which has garnered over 1.6 million streams on Spotify.
Having worked on the initial idea for the video with close friend and collaborator MNEK, Ryan explains:
“I wanted to have characters in the video that initially seemed quite innocent, but as the video progresses you get to see their darker/naughtier side. I took this idea to the director Lewis Knaggs (extremely talented and a pleasure to work with I must add) who helped craft it from there. There are a few friendly faces in the video too…Kabba, Becky Hill, Dionne Bromfield and of course my on screen boo Kate Stewart. I loved working with her on this one.”
Now 23 years old, Ryan spent years grafting and professionally writing songs from the tender age of 15. Very quickly Ryan’s songwriting prowess became apparent, and garnered well-deserved attention across the board from artists such as MNEK, M.O., Shift K3y, Crazy Cousins, Becky Hill & H.E.R – with the latter earning him his first Grammy Award earlier this year.
Ryan’s inimitable pairing of confessional lyricism with seductive pop sensibilities will only enhance the rising star’s already glowing reputation as a surefire one to watch.
For tickets to Ryan’s headline show at The Curtain Hotel – October 24th, click HERE.