NYC collective MICHELLE has today unveiled their first new single of 2021. Titled “FYO,” the track powerfully recounts the four lead singers’ experiences growing up with mixed race identities. Globally premiered today via The Matt Wilkinson Show on Apple Music 1, the track arrives alongside a music video directed by the band’s own Layla Ku and Emma Lee – watch HERE.
Speaking on the message behind the song, Jamee Lockard from the band shares:
“‘FYO’ is about belonging to different worlds but feeling rejected by both. Growing up as a mixed-race minority in the US, my self concept was warped by other people telling me what I am and am not, pushing and pulling me between identities. Although my feelings of cultural dissonance still ebb and flow, now I have the vocabulary, support system, and perspective to unpack that inner conflict on my own terms.
We should never give others the authority to define who we are.”