- Jennifer Janz
PREMA SMITH - This Is Me
Ever since his meteoric rise in 2019, the enigmatic Australian R&B virtuoso Prema Smith has been amassing ardent followers and generating impressive streaming numbers.
Now, with his latest, breathtaking release, This Is Me, he’s teamed up with the illustrious, Grammy-winning maestro Jackie’s Boy (Justin Beiber, David Guetta, Madonna) to deliver a tantalizing, retro R&B pop masterpiece.
The track is replete with inescapable hooks, a soul-stirring vocal tour de force, and profoundly moving lyrics that exalt self-love and relentlessly chasing one’s dreams, irrespective of others’ judgments. Originating from Sri Lanka and raised in Tasmania, Prema has triumphed over cultural adversity, ultimately allowing it to meld his distinct musical identity.
His body of work teems with unwavering positivity and deep emotional resonance, inspiring him to inaugurate Self Appreciation Day as a means to raise mental health awareness. Prema’s music exudes a contagious optimism, fostering an intensely emotional connection with his listeners and weaving in elements of positive mindfulness—or, as he charmingly coins it, ‘good food for thought.’
Fuelled by an ambition to uplift and empower people’s mindsets, Prema Smith has established Self Appreciation Day—a heartfelt tribute to self-love and acceptance, while championing mental health awareness within communities.
‘‘ This Is Me masterfully fuses pop and R&B elements, featuring an absolutely unforgettable chorus hook and an invigorating message, all underpinned by Prema’s silky-smooth, mesmerizing vocal prowess.
This Is Me masterfully fuses pop and R&B elements, featuring an absolutely unforgettable chorus hook and an invigorating message, all underpinned by Prema’s silky-smooth, mesmerizing vocal prowess.
The singer-songwriter himself declares, ‘I’m going to be as authentic [and] genuine as possible.’ This Is Me is the quintessence of that ethos, with its inspiration stemming directly from Prema’s personal journey. The artist poignantly explains, ‘This Is Me derives from a deeper truth of my tenacious upbringing. Being adopted into a white family, growing up in Tasmania at the beginning of the 90s, I was constantly bullied and told that I don’t belong and to go back to where I come from.
This song is about all my struggles and failures that I have endured.’
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