Jalen Ngonda Shares Lush, Soulful New Single ‘Illusions’

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Soul sensation Jalen Ngonda returns with new single ‘Illusions’.

The songwriter has a stunning voice, one that channels prime influences – Marvin, Donny, Curtis – with his own take on what it means to be a soul artist in the 21st century. Jalen Ngonda’s debut album ‘Come Around And Love Me’ landed last year, and it seemed to connect with an entirely new generation of listeners.

The London-based, by way of DC isn’t done there, however. In a recent live performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra he unveiled a brand new single, a lush, sweeping piece of modern soul music.

Reminiscent of the orchestral arrangements of those late 60s Motown cuts, there’s also something personal at play here. Seeking out his own voice, Jalen Ngonda embraces a sense of tradition, while also building on it.

An engrossing piece of songwriting, it feels equally at home amongst the work of Cleo Sol, or Michael Kiwanuka for example. Jalen comments…

“’Illusions’ follows the story of a man who is madly in love with someone and often thinks of the life they could have together. As he awakes one morning, he realises his infatuations have led him to become delusional from reality given the fact that the love interest knows nothing of his existence.”

“Lyrically the song was inspired by works of Rod Sterling and the many themes of Twilight Zone. Musically it’s inspired by the Motown sound notably Smokey Robinson and Martha and the Vandellas.”

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Casey Liu

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