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Today, independent artist, producer, and musician Madison McFerrin releases her highly-anticipated debut album I Hope You Can Forgive Me. The self-released record represents a personal artistic evolution in her career in which she learned to improvise, self-produce, and ultimately trust herself in the midst of an ever-changing landscape in the global pandemic. An astonishing meditation on the themes of love, self preservation, fear, and conjuring, McFerrin approaches vulnerability with a burning desire. Lush soundscapes bleed throughout the entirety of the project, cushioning it’s gristly lyricism with percussions and silky vocal blends. A majority of the tracks on I Hope You Can Forgive Me are self-produced by McFerrin, a newly refined skill she honed during the pandemic. In addition to being a producer and arranger, she is also an instrumentalist, playing bass, synth, and creating background vocals for several of the tracks. The intimate album’s sole feature is her father, Bobby McFerrin, who appears on the record’s focus track “Run”, a powerful song about her family and a spiritual connection with an ancestor who she learned escaped enslavement. Following the a cappella projects that corralled early fans (Finding Foundations Vol. I and II), she collaborated with her older brother, Taylor McFerrin, for her subsequent EP, You + I, her first project with instrumentation. I Hope You Can Forgive Me builds upon that next step sonically while thematically exploring self love and intimacy.
About the album, Madison says:
“I Hope You Can Forgive Me is a journey of growth. Writing it became a place for me to process all of the scary and unfamiliar feelings unearthed in the pandemic, allowing me to find even more love and gratitude in the life I’ve been afforded to lead. And while I definitely had not planned on becoming a producer, this album called my bluff! It’s a testament to overcoming any fixed notions I had of myself and I hope it inspires people to believe and trust in themselves. You only get one chance at a debut album, I’m incredibly proud to call I Hope You Can Forgive Me mine.”
Late last year, Madison released a groovy, soulful single, "Stay Away (From Me)" alongside a vibrant visual, artfully juxtaposing hypnotic, danceable instrumentals with lyrics that tackle the uncertainty of our times and her inner struggle with anxiety. In February, she released the single “(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now,” continuing to deliver compelling vocals, euphonious melodies, and a delightful blend of electronic, pop, jazz, and soul with undeniable technique and expressive depth. In March during Women’s History Month, Madison followed up with the self-produced “God Herself,” a song swirling with divine feminine energy and sultry, powerful vocals. Most recently, she released “Utah,” the album’s most pop-leaning track, which explores life’s curious synchronicities. Madison eagerly anticipates sharing this music live with her growing global community of fans on her upcoming I Hope You Can Forgive Me Tour.
Throughout her fruitful independent career, spanning three EPs and multiple collaborations, Madison has earned accolades from The New York Times, NPR, The FADER, and Pitchfork, who named her a Rising Artist in 2018. Her artistry has led to Questlove dubbing her early sound “soul-appella.” In addition to a stirring performance on the renowned COLORS Studio platform, Madison has also performed at Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, and shared stages with the likes of De La Soul, Gallant, and The Roots. Off the stage, Madison’s music has been featured in episodes of Comedy Central’s Broad City and HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. Working at the intersection of artistry and community building, Madison co-curated programming for the BRIC Jazz Festival in 2021, and in 2022, aligned her MAD LOVE initiative with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to provide some much needed space for healing from the collective trauma of the pandemic. Last fall, she mesmerized crowds at sold out shows in London and Paris during her It’s Been Too Long… European tour and made her debut at the Corona Capital Festival after releasing, "Stay Away (From Me)," which she performed live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #LateShowMeMusic series. Ahead of releasing new music in 2023, Madison has continued to blow away sold out crowds at shows in New York City, Los Angeles (where she recently opened for Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Walt Disney Concert Hall), and Austin at showcases for The FADER, Rolling Stone x Bumble, Working Families Party and more during SXSW.
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