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“Slow” - SHY Martin | Review

Swedish artist SHY Martin releases her reflective single “Slow”.

This trailblazing songwriter returns in 2020 with a beautiful single that is guitar-driven and accompanied by her stunning vocals. SHY’s storytelling ability is impeccable. Every time I play one of her songs her voice makes me stop and listen. This is an artist with something real to say. The new single follows 2019 singles "Make Us Never Happen," "Same Old," & "Out of My Hands," which have seen love from outlets like Billboard, V Magazine, Idolator, The Line of Best Fit, Forbes, and PAPER, who named SHY among their '100 People Taking over 2019'

Since her Dec 2018 debut EP Overthinking, SHY Martin has amassed 120MM+ Spotify streams with standout singles "Forget To Forget," "Good Together," and "Just A Little Longer."

SHY Martin first established herself as a songwriter, a path that launched in dynamic fashion via her co-write and featured vocal 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 a longtime Swedish songwriting partner, SHY Nodi, 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 2.5 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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