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Marina Josephina – I Will Be There

Talented up and coming soul artist Marina Josephina has recently released her incredible second single, titled ‘I Will Be There’.

Following the success of her debut single ‘Fool Like Me’, it’s safe to say that Marina’s new track has been highly anticipated by her North East audience.

Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, Marina grew up listening to an eclectic range of musical genres, but quickly discovered her love for jazz, soul and R&B in particular. Taking inspiration from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Jorja Smith and Mahalia, Marina admires their rhythmic vocal energy enhanced through intricate accompaniment. 

“These female artists are not afraid to freestyle and that inspires me to do the same in my music“, she explains.

‘I Will Be There’ released on October 6th, is a heart-warming story of hope and love. Featuring a rich piano backing with passionate yet mellow vocals, you can definitely expect to be touched by the range of emotions captured within this single track. Lyrically sentimental with the ability to connect to many different meanings, this ballad explores the softer side to soul music.    

Written just after lockdown as a reflection on a rather difficult period of time, Marina engaged with organic, emotive methods to spark compositional ideas, as oppose to formulaic, theoretical techniques. She notes,

“Similar to my debut single, ‘I Will Be There’ really did just write itself. That’s how songwriting happens for me – it’s a very therapeutic process where I can communicate my emotions. I performed it a few times at open mic nights and it got a lovely response from audiences. I think people can definitely connect to it.”

In a region recognised for its tight-knit creative support system, the constant encouragement has inspirited Marina’s passion to keep showcasing her original music.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more from organisations like BBC Tees Introducing, or Tees Valley Music Service who gave me mentoring when I first started. As a solo artist you can feel like you’re completely alone trying to build an audience, and it makes it so much easier when you have that extra support from everyone.”

If you are interested in the North East’s local soul scene or just fancy a bit of new music, Marina’s brand new single ‘I Will Be There’ will certainly not disappoint.  

Stream ‘I Will Be There’ on Spotify now, and to stay up to date with Marina’s music, check out her socials below.

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