ROYSE is a U.S. singer
songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA, and is known as an indie-pop
powerhouse with incredible
infectious melodies and powerful lyrics urging self-love and acceptance. Royse is an artist who can pull from the deep undercurrents to create songs that
hit people in the heart with full force. Her biggest weapon is her ability to
explore darkness in order to get to the light. Her aim is to make herself, and
her fans, feel as though they do not need to apologise for who they are and to
find peace and love within oneself.
While headlining the U.S.
School Nation Tour this Autumn, Royse spoke to
students with a message of promoting body positivity. Providing a hopeful
message in her music often takes a lot of wading through darkness and sadness.
Like Lana Del Rey, Adele, and Lady Gaga, this exploration of darkness is not
overt, but is something lyrically and visually represented by her and within
her music. One of her most personal
songs and previous single Heavy Lies the
Crown was a catalyst used to share her struggle with an eating disorder when
she was younger. The emotionally powerful song
also a tribute to her late aunt, who passed away from complications of
anorexia. Her exploration of heavy topics in music results in beautiful
melodies meant to empower those who need a hopeful message.
Love is also a huge theme in her music and the new single Oxygen is no exception – a song about when you’re so lost in love that it
overtakes you and have no control over it, so feel like you’re going crazy and
unable to breathe – i.e. you need oxygen.
As Royse says herself: “loving that special person is the oxygen for you. When you are with them they calm you down. They make breathing easier again. Even if it is a toxic relationship, you are so in it that you want to keep experiencing this special kind of relationship. And this is my take on this emotion and feeling.”