At her musical essence, New Jersey singer-songwriter Rasha Jay encapsulates cross-genre soul-rock sentiments, setting her aside from the pack. Rasha Jay is due to release her latest and more emotive single, ‘Backbone’ on May 28th. Written during Feb 2020, just before a year like no other, Rasha describes the inspiration behind the newest single:
“I wrote this song in February 2020, ahead of a tumultuous year that we didn’t expect here in the US or in the world. I wrote it after hearing about my last uncle passing away on January 1st. I came home and went right to my keyboard and just started talking, then singing, then crying…and what came out of that was not just sadness and grief, but gratitude. My aunt passed away 30 days after him. Again, grief with gratitude. I felt honored to know them, to love them. That’s what Backbone is about–the visuals, the feelings, the notion of recognizing you are what you are because of a connection”.Rasha Jay, 2021/Press-Release
The song itself is powerful and poignant, with the achingly soulful vocals of Rasha layered within the trip-hop, Portishead-Esque instrumental. The guitar’s melody echoes throughout, forcing your head to bop to the beat, luring you into forgetting the pain behind the lyricism. ‘Backbone’ is stripped down, allowing us to focus on only Rasha Jay’s stunning vocals, which were Rasha’s first vocal take. ‘Backbone’ is a raw and honest track that feels in-depth compared to the superficiality of some pop songs; it feels as if we are reading a diary entry from Rasha, able to empathise with Rasha’s trauma while simultaneously enjoying the musicalisation of the unrestrained vehemence.
Rasha Jay has grown up in the small town of Owings, Maryland, and is exemplary that no matter who you are or where you are from, you can and should make music for self-expression. ‘Backbone’ is out on all streaming platforms on May 28th, and you can hear and see more of Rasha Jay through her socials which are linked below.
Written by Ella Heaton.