Beharie Shares Live Session of "Don't Forget Me" Ft. Judy Blank
Norwegian alternative R&B-soul singer-songwriter Beharie shares an intimate live session of track "Don't Forget Me" featuring Dutch singer-songwriter Judy Blank out now. The video comes following the release of his dynamic, rich debut album Are You There, Boy?
In support of the new album, Beharie will embark on a lengthy tour across Northern and Western Europe as well as a stop in London, UK. Tickets are on sale now via beharieofficial.com/tour-dates and a full list of dates can be found below. Plus, Beharie has been announced as an official performing artist at SXSW 2024 in Austin, TX.
The live session out today allows Beharie to peel back the layers of production and perform the song in its rawest form alongside his collaborator, Judy Blank. On making the video and collaborating with Blank, Beharie shares, "It was really fun to record this video together with Judy. I think it captures the intimate vibe of the song. I'm very happy to have Judy on the album, and it was only right to record a video of the song she is part of." The gentle, introspective track pleads with a former love to not forget the memories made together. It reflects on letting go of a relationship–leaving space for this pain, holding onto the positive memories and the deep care that still exists.
The bright, wistful album Are You There, Boy? meets Beharie where he is today and invites listeners into a brand new, carefully curated sonic world. Through vibrant melodies and delicate, smooth vocals, the artist explores nuanced themes of love, self-doubt, desire, longing, and pain with his heart on his sleeve. Over 12 soulful, heartfelt tracks, the project follows a multi-faceted character who seeks meaningful connections, follows his curiosity where it takes him, and ultimately discovers more of himself. Exploring the ever-changing, versatile aspects of his own humanity and identity, the album showcases his growth, insecurities, passions, and complexities.
Beharie explains, "This album has given me the opportunity to delve into various aspects of my own identity, and in the process, I have explored the complexity inherent in my personality and expression." On the aforementioned characters presented throughout, Beharie continues, "We have nurtured different characters and played with their distinct expressions. These characters have been assigned unique names: Washed-out jeans boy, float in space boy, constant fear boy, make-believe boy, and lost in thought boy." Each of these characters represents fragments of Beharie's soul and essence – all in search of a sense of belonging.
The collection features collaborations by two rising singer-songwriters -- Uly based in Dublin and Judy Blank based in The Netherlands. It was mastered by Guy Davie (Michael Kiwanuka) at Electric Mastering in London, UK.
On the recently released dreamy track "Desire," Beharie sweetly wants to prove to a prospective love interest that he's the right one. In August, Beharie shared the soulful "We Never Knew," an enthralling track that looks back at a relationship that was thought to last forever. Atwood Magazine exclusively premiered the track and called it, "passionate and smoldering," adding, "Beharie’s soul-stirring song 'We Never Knew' delivers an achingly intimate and emotionally charged postmortem on a love he thought might last a lifetime." Vibe Magazine added that the track is "idyllic" and that Beharie is a "dream we never knew we needed." Rolling Stone India also included the track on their Hits of Tomorrow list.
The previously shared "Heaven," is a swirling, cinematic track that explores faith and pain. It finds the musician beginning to lose hope in love, but only here, he discovers his autonomy, unbound to any person or thing. In August, Beharie performed the track live alongside the Norwegian Radio Orchestra–watch here. Earlier tastes of the project include the romantic, "Deadly," and "Oh My God," the hooky, spirited track that blooms as it unfolds through Beharie's signature heartfelt vocals. "Deadly" captures the early stages of a new love, from the fear to the curiosity to the sweeping excitement.
In February, Beharie shared the forthcoming collection's first offering, with the soulful, old-school, "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" The warm, wistful track picks up in the early stages of falling in love and explores the uncertainties that come with meeting someone new.
With three EPs shared since 2019, Beharie has consistently expanded his sound, artistry and message and refined his focus toward what's to come. In 2019, Beharie shared his self-titled first EP, and in 2021, his second EP, Beharie // Beharie, earned the singer-songwriter a Norwegian Grammy Award or Spellemann Award. It also earned the attention of the Swedish Gaffa Awards which named him the “International Newcomer of The Year”. The EP also won him Wonderland praised the EP, writing, “It might be too early to crown the EP of the year just yet, but this is certainly one of our best contenders."
Despite being based in Europe, American tastemakers have been captivated by his compelling vocals and touching lyricism. PopMatters said about "Don't Wanna Know," which appeared on the aforementioned EP, "This is a sophisticated, jazz-inflected alternative soul in the realm of Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch, and Michael Kiwanuka. The music is warm and inviting, carefully layered and constructed, and oozing a soulful dreaminess." EUPHORIA. wrote "Worry," also on the project, is "special" and continued, "in true Beharie fashion, it doesn’t fit into one box. It’s a bit soul, a bit folk, a bit R&B, and simply Beharie, which is what makes it a song you keep coming back to. It’s also what makes us ever-so-curious to hear what he does next."