Having released his self titled debut album in May this year, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart, Seattle based artist and producer SYML aka Brian Fennell has released a video for his single ‘Girl’. Directed by ‘Hayley Young’, the video is a homage to his daughter Josephine.
Watch ‘Girl’ here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhg3eYdEYNo
Two years ago Fennell became a father. Soon after, his daughter Josephine was diagnosed with a disorder that restricted the development of her brain as her skull fused too soon. “Luckily, we caught it at a good time so her development was still on track up to that point and we did a surgery in time to allow her to have a healthy, full normal life,” he wrote recently. “The build up leading up to that surgery was the most intense thing that my wife and I and our family had ever been through.”
The first time SYML ever wrote a song it was to help him process the death of a friend, and dealing with the anxieties that come with having a child undergo surgery had him once again turning to music to cope. But that’s not the only reason he wrote “Girl.”
“Josie will not remember it, she’s too little, so I wrote this song with two purposes,” he says. “One was therapeutic in a way for me and my family as we went through this and the other was to serve as a bit of a letter to her for her to have when she grows up to better understand what she went through and to know that this is an important part of who she is and how much of a badass she is for enduring it. There are people young and old who will go through life-changing experiences. Some painful, some not, some big, some small, and it almost seems supernatural that we as humans are capable of going through that. On the other hand it seems totally natural, we put our heads down and we do it, it’s just the wildest thing. One of my favorite lines in the song is, ‘Sometimes our bodies will hurt for some time and the beauty in that can be hard to find but I want you to find it.’ That is so hard to say and to believe, but I do believe it.”
SYML will return to Europe for a headline tour, which begins September 11 in Vienna, Austria, and includes stops in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourgh, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France and culminates in London, UK at the Scala on October 29th. Over the past year, he has shared the stage with Lewis Capaldi, Bruno Major, and supported Dean Lewis on his sold-out US spring run. A complete list of upcoming European tour dates follow below.