A song that aims to bring hope and encouragement in the face of adversity
By Joanne Olivier
Putting Singer-Songwriter-Producer Byron Major’s music into a box is not going to work. Byron says “genres in music is like racism in society – not applicable”. While his style is certainly influenced by his early classical music training, Byron’s music takes on elements from Motown to Alternative R&B, Soul and traditional South African rhythm. You can also definitely hear the influences of Stevie Wonder, Prince and John Lennon in his soulful R&B vocals and piano arrangements and performance.
Byron Major has proven his prowess as a singer-songwriter-performer-producer because made it to the Top 24 of South African Idols at the age of 17, he was invited to perform his original song ‘South Africa’ at Nelson Mandela’s Boston birthday celebration attended by the Governor of Massachusetts in the USA in 2013, sang his original songs alongside Grammy Award-Winning singer Paula Cole while studying at Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), his 2016 single ‘May Flower’ caught the attention of 21 radio stations across the UK, his track “Delicious” charted for 10-weeks on college radio in South Africa, his single Midnight Daydream peaked at number 26 on the UK Music Week Official Club chart, Color My World peaked at Number 15 on the same UK Music Week chart, and Rockstar peaked at Number 1 on BBC Radio One’s Kings of Spin DJ Charts in 2018. Rockstar went on to be playlisted in countries around the globe, including: Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, England & USA, and to complete the year Byron Major’s Summer Day charted at number 16. At the end of 2019, Matchbox Recordings UK invited Byron to feature Color My World on their compilation album and the track was playlisted on London FM.
The year 2020 has indeed been an unprecedented year given the global health pandemic that had us in lockdown across the world, and has presented a wide range of personal challenges for us but it has also connected us on the level of our humanity. Byron Major’s EP entitled “Finding the Light” therefore aims to bring hope and encouragement in the face of adversity. This EP touches on topics such as being lost within the circus of life’s rat race to his favourite topics of relationships and unrequited love.
In his forthcoming single entitled Finding the Light, the same title as the EP, the lyrics tell the experience of many a man and woman, and Byron’s emotions permeate his piano and vocal performance and penetrates the soul. Byron has made the front cover of Digital Magazine and station Bafana FM with glowing reviews.
The release date for the EP, Finding the Light by Byron Major, is available on all streaming platforms on the 27th October.
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