South Norwood-born musician Ashley Henry has released a new track “Melanin”, the second single from his forthcoming new 6-track EP My Voice.
My Voice, due out on May 13, is the follow up to Henry’s widely acclaimed debut studio album, Beautiful Vinyl Hunter.
Melanin features a stellar line up of some of the UK’s finest talent including flautist James Massiah, whose lyrical soundwaves weave in and around Mr Henry’s voice to create a unique blend that is heavily influenced by contemporary jazz, hip-hop, R&B and soul.
The vocalist, pianist and composer said: “Melanin is finding someone or something that’s a refuge from taking that wrong or easy path.
“Listening to it feels like a safe space. I wrote it as a certainty of belonging that’s accessible no matter where we are.
“Melanin is my celebration of beauty, love and black futurity.
“The track pays homage to women always trying to provide a safe space for their families and through their culture, and to the safe spaces I’ve found in my life”.