Following the release of his global streaming hit ‘Stunnin’ Ft Harm Franklin, the politically charged ‘SYSTEM’ and heartfelt ‘The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same,’ rising artist Curtis Waters delivers yet another refreshing and honest self-penned and produced gem, this time, with ‘Freckles,’ which debuted as a WORLD FIRST on Zane Lowe’s New Daily Music show on Beats 1 and is out on all platforms from today.
“I made this song because I felt inspired by an old friend I met at the mental hospital.” Waters reveals candidly. “After I left college I was home for a few months trying to get back to shape and I reconnected with this girl just to catch up on how life had been since then. She was telling me about all the crazy and tragic stuff that had happened since I last saw her and how she had fallen back into old habits and was struggling again. But even through all of that she was still happy and hopeful about the future and was telling me about her career goals. I felt moved by her so I came home that day, made the beat and wrote the intro and chorus to freckles.”
With radio support across the country as ‘Stunnin’ Ft. Harm Franklin continues to build momentum at Top 40 and Rhythm, the song’s global success soon attracted a swarm of interest from record labels. However, Curtis was determined to maintain 100% control of his music, and signed a license deal with BMG in June. Angered, upset and triggered by the death of George Floyd, having experienced racism himself growing up in Europe, Canada and North America, Curtis released his follow-up track, ‘SYSTEM’ in June. Written and produced in Curtis’ bedroom, ‘SYSTEM’ is a modern-day punk anthem, commanding even the most passive of listeners to sit up and pay attention. Curtis released the audio on Bandcamp [HERE], donating 100% of the profits to local bail fund, Charlotte Uprising, plus matching the profits with his own money (made from his BMG advance). Listen to ‘SYSTEM’HERE. Watch the lyric video (also shot in his parents’ garage) HERE.
“My songs reflect how I feel that day,” Curtis notes. “I try not to box myself in. I listen to so much music and I soak so many different influences in, so I’m a product of everything I’m into. I’m into so much random stuff and I want to bring it all into the Curtis Waters universe.”
Drawing from his own mental health struggles, dealing with his bi-polar disorder and life as a young adult in the modern world, Curtis Waters demonstrates a softer side, with the release ‘The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same,’ [listen HERE] at the end of July. Watch the official music video HERE.