Savannah Ré: Fiji
Fluent vocals atop sparse production get the message across.
By Kerry Doole
Savannah Ré - Fiji (UMC): This is the new single from an R&B singer/songwriter who has rapidly established herself as a leading light of the genre in Canada.
Earlier this month, Re was announced as a 2022 Juno Award nominee for her track 24hrs (her second consecutive year to be nominated for the Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Award and her third Juno nod).
She is the first artist to ever be nominated for both the Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year Juno Award (“Where You Are”) and the Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year (“Solid”) Juno, and last year she won the Juno in that latter category.
Fiji is decidedly contemporary in sound. It features the minimal production now in favour in this style, and that allows Re’s unaffected and clear voice to shine. There’s a sensual feel to the tone and lyrics, and, at just 2.26 in length, it gets the message across succinctly.
The track reaffirms her talent and her potential to become an international breakout star. She is one of the first Canadian artists to be selected for the global #YouTubeBlack Voices Music Class.
She has benefited from the mentorship of Grammy Award-winning producer Boi-1da and has become a go-to collaborator for R&B’s upper echelon having written with artists like Babyface, Jessie Reyez, Normani, and Wondagurl.
More new material is expected in the months ahead, presumable leading to a follow-up to her full-length debut, Opia. Stay tuned.
Publicity: Stephanie Horak, UMC