According to GQ Magazine, two words come to mind when describing LEON JOHN: Spirit & Soul. Now with the release of his new single, PRAY FOR YOU, this 24-year-old singer-songwriter brings you a new pop power ballad with a banging percussive beat and emotive piano accompaniment which commands attention with the first second.
Written in January 2019 between Johannesburg and New York, PRAY FOR YOU was produced by the hands of star producer Bubele Booi who, fresh off of the success of his work on Beyonce’s ‘The Gift’ album, has produced a string of pop hits for other South African artists including Lady Zamar, Ami Faku, and Manu Worldstar.
“Songs always seem to follow me in the wake of tragedy and ‘Pray For You’ was no different. We wrote the song in the wake of losing my cousin to suicide the previous day. It struck me as so profoundly, moving, brave and so wise that in the middle of the grief, so raw and so new, his twin sister had the clarity of mind to console me and tell me that we shouldn’t judge or place blame on our loss but rather pray for him instead.”says LEON JOHN.
When listening to PRAY FOR YOU, the realisation of who LEON JOHN comes into full view. Accompanied by an assertive vocal by LEON JOHN, the record manages to fuse pop, RnB and Hip-Hop elements in a seamless concoction, carrying you through a lyric every bit as emotive as what we’ve come to expect from the storytelling abilities of this budding young star.
The single has been overwhelmingly approved not only by LEON JOHN’s ever-growing fan base but has received the stamp of approval from Apple Music, making it onto over 5 editorial playlists including but not limited to ‘Best Of The Week’ on its first day of release. LEON JOHN has also received attention from Spotify, securing placements on numerous national editorial playlists in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and South Africa.
“PRAY FOR YOU is a modern a pop ballad that at its core speaks about forgiveness and finding the strength to move forward in the most harrowing and painful circumstances of grief.”
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LEON JOHN’s debut EP, ‘To Be Continued’ has to date received more than 80k streams, with his previous single ‘Somebody’ debuting at #16 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and listed at #1 on Apple Music’s ‘Afro-Soul Hits’ within a week of its release. The single has amassed over 100kstreams across online platforms.