Today sees the release of the debut EP, Love Letters, from BLESSED. Also released today is the new single “Fairytale.” which Hilly Dilly notes, “keeping true to his alternative sound, (‘Fairytale’) got roots in that field, but indie fans will find much to love with it as well, and it seems primed to make an impact beyond the Australian and American shores that have championed him thus far.”
BLESSED is based in Australia but hails from Accra, Ghana. His story began on May 17 1992. A sickness was sweeping through Accra taking the lives of many infants and two nervous parents doted on their newborn child, hoping they would be spared. As the days and weeks went by they realized their healthy child was truly a blessing and the origins of the name BLESSED (Blessed Samuel Joe-Andah) was sealed.
As this blessed child grew older, his Father’s ministries took the family on a geographic and spiritual journey, moving from Zambia, Melbourne, Canberra ultimately to Sydney. While his living situations were constantly fluid, music was always his steady companion. Every Sunday was spent in church where he taught himself to play drums and guitar. BLESSED was a shy kid, choosing to spend time with his music and no different than other outcasts in different parts of the world found solace in punk rock, skateboarding and rap music.
Early on, people noticed – a rap project he was involved was signed to Sony Australia, but quickly the restrictions and limitations of the music didn’t satisfy the sparks of Basquiat and Hendrix and Kanye exploding in his head. He left the deal and built a studio in Sydney over the course of a year with a collective of artists, producers and songwriters. There he immediately began work on the project that is today’s Love Letters EP.
BLESSED’s debut single, “One and Only” received world-wide attention almost immediately – Hilly Dilly labeled an “incredibly dynamic, sunny debut” – and with the release of “Sorrows,” the second single, the acclaim continued. BLESSED started hearing from labels and publishers in the US and soon he found himself in Los Angeles performing sessions and writing songs with other artists. It left an impression, “America is tight, seeing it from a tv scene and actually being there are two completely different things.” BLESSED has also shared the EP’s “Insanity” which Pigeons & Planes called “unforgettable songwriting.”
BLESSED notes, “While recording Love Letters, I didn’t write most of the lyrics down…they were just exactly how I was feeling at those moments. Making music is my way of speaking my heart and mind. The things I don’t say out loud, the feelings I don’t show anyone are all in my music. Love Letters was inspired by my girlfriend and our long term relationship made up of thoughts and emotions I was afraid to feel and say.”
The next step for BLESSED is here; today’s world-wide release of “Fairytale” the Love Letters EP via Yebo Music.