Woohoo! Ray BLK has announced that her long-awaited debut album is officially on the way!
Set for release on 17th September via Island Records, ‘Access Denied’ was written and recorded during lockdown, and features guests including Giggs, Stefflon Don, Kojey Radical, Suburban Plaza and Kaash Paige across its 14 tracks.
“I’ve been looking forward to this moment of releasing my debut album since I was 13 in the studio with MNEK learning how to write songs and knew for certain I wanted to be a singer,” Ray says. “‘Access Denied’ is for those who like myself, know disappointment too well and have learned to create boundaries as a coping mechanism for self protection. I’ve opened up about how the childhood I had made me guarded, how disappointing relationships made me fear love and how being told no so many times in the music industry kicked me down, but I got back up. I want people to listen to this record and value themselves enough to deny access to those who are undeserving, and to also value themselves enough to keep believing in themselves when they’re denied access to certain spaces and say yes to themselves when the world tells them no.”
Sharing new single ‘MIA’ alongside the news, Ray adds, “MIA is my summer anthem as we’re released from lockdown. It’s just about escaping, or being with someone who feels like an escape, like you’re on holiday and just at peace, away from the noise. After being in lockdown for so long and being overwhelmed or feeling low, I’m ready to be out with the people I love the most in our element with this playing in the background as the soundtrack to our summer.”
Check it out now below.