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“Are you happy?” - SHY Martin | Review

Swedish artist SHY Martin has a brand new single "Are you happy?" which comes with her new sophomore EP, Sad Songs.

We have all had those moments of reflection, the ones where you aren’t sure if what you are doing is exactly the right thing. Everything is in limbo, you are learning, but beyond that, you aren’t sure if you are going into something amazing or something that will hurt you.

SHY Martin captures this feeling in a beautiful track that really askes “are you happy?”. In SHY’s case, this is a love song that questions it all.

“Are you happy that we happened”. That is the question driving this piece. Martin’s youthful and glowy vocals pair perfectly with the electro-pop beat of the track and make the track the perfect reflective track for those navigating through relationships and their lives.

SHY Martin first established herself as a songwriter, a path that launched in a dynamic fashion with her co-writing and featuring on Mike Perry’s "The Ocean (ft. SHY Martin)." Recording the vocals in one-take in her home wardrobe (after a tonsil operation!), SHY wrote the track with longtime Swedish songwriting partner SHY Nodi (real name Nirob Islam), whom she has written several other songs with. The track won Spotify Sweden’s ‘Most Streamed Song of the Year’ with a groundbreaking 550 million+ streams.

SHY's songwriting catalog has gone on to generate 3 billion Spotify streams including credits on "First Time" by Kygo Ft. Ellie Goulding, "(Not) The One" by Bebe Rexha, "All We Know" by The Chainsmokers, "I Wanna Know" by NOTD (Ft. Bea Miller), as well as songs for Jess Glynne, Astrid S, and ALMA, among others.

Raised in the small town of Lerdala, Sweden, SHY Martin first began writing songs and poetry in her youth as a means of self-expression. "I was never good at talking about my feelings so I wrote them down instead," SHY describes. "When I felt said, me and my mum wrote letters to each other about it. So expressing myself through songs came pretty naturally for me." After winning a music contest at her school at age 17, SHY signed with EMI for a period though ultimately decided to go independent.

In addition to her artistry, SHY is a champion for philanthropic causes, notably joining Spotify CEO/Founder Daniel Ek and songwriter/producer Max Martin's coveted 'Equalizer Project,' a group aiming to combat gender inequality in the music industry. SHY also participated in Bebe Rexha’s 2018 'Women In Harmony' Dinner in Los Angeles, a gathering to empower female artists in music including Charli XCX, Kim Petras, and Avril Lavigne. She also performed alongside Matoma at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

Review by Hannah Schneider

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