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“the push and pull every pop artist strives for” – The 405

“Anyone who’s come across his music knows he can sing, but [“Bound”] is indicative of his confidence in his own abilities, and his music is all the better for it” – HillyDilly

“…blends a hugely melodic flavour to his already soulful concoctions” – PressPlay 

“sheer magic…a soulful, guitar-and-wobbly-synth led R&B track, filled with harmonies and hooks”  [onBound”] – BreathHeavy

Today, Nashville-based artist JMR (real name Joshua Michael Robinson) has self-released his newest body of work, a sophomore EP titled Boyish. Listen now HERE.
Debuting yesterday exclusively with Ones To WatchBoyish is a testament to JMR’s growth and evolution, finding him in his truest, most raw form as a musician. The EP is fully self-produced and brings JMR’s gorgeous bellowing vocal to the forefront, where it indeed belongs.
Over the last month, JMR released a pair of singles giving a glimpse into the depth of the EP’s track list. Smooth, soulful single “Bound” came first, a thematic exploration of JMR’s prior rocky label relationship. “June Carter” followed, an ode to strong women and their often-overshadowed influence.
Alongside the EP’s release today, JMR sheds light on a special 3rd single, “Harbinger,” a track which features the masterful piano work of living legend Robert Glasper (winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for ‘Best R&B Album’) and was co-written by Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Miguel, Estelle).
The Boyish EP is rounded out by four additional tracks, which bring the project full circle. Of the EP, JMR describes:

“I think this handful of songs accurately represents a younger me – a little reckless and naive. It spans a youthful desperation of love, abstract role play and conversations with a more innocent version of myself as I depart in the closing song. I approached each track on a case-by-case basis. For instance, track two, “Elephant,” one dealing with nostalgia and longing, I wanted to paint a picture of elephants escaping a poacher in the wild or, “Bound,” one dealing with repression and liberation, I wanted to paint a picture of a choir singing a freedom song backed by a gritty, Mississippi-style hollow guitar. These songs tell a story of a unique time in my life and I’m excited to share it and give context to the next chapter.”
A native of central Florida and the seventh of eight children, JMR began tinkering with his parents’ upright piano at a young age and discovered a natural eclectic love for music, especially drawn to the emotive lyrical and instrumental work of singer-songwriters, gospel, and soul.

“Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’ was probably the first album I was allowed to listen to,” JMR explains“I related to it so much as a teen, and I came onto it when I accidentally picked it up at a local Spec’s that’s now a PetCo.”
JMR released a debut EP, Ritual, in 2015 and has since has collaborated with various artists including a feature on Jai Wolf‘s 2016 EP on track “Gravity (ft. JMR).”
Listen to the full Boyish EP, out now, available for streaming and purchase at the links below.

1. Not Said Enough
2. Elephant
3. Harbinger
4. Bound
5. June Carter
6. Hollingsworth
7. Coke Can Motorcycle


Boyish EP
“Harbinger” (SoundCloud)
“June Carter” (SoundCloud)
“Bound” (SoundCloud)
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