After closing out the year with The Stickmen Project collab “No Fun”” and a #31 spot in the Billboard’s year-end Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart for “Leave A Little Love” (with Alesso), Armin van Buuren is keeping the momentum going with his first song of 2022. For “Human Touch“, the electronic music giant linked up with English singer-songwriter Sam Gray, who’s currently at the crest of the wave after hitting #1 on U.S. Dance radio with “Unbreakable” (with TELYKast) and “Tell It To My Heart” (by MEDUZA and Hozier).
Known the world over for pushing the envelope of dance music with unanticipated collaborations, the five-time #1 DJ in the world issues one of his most infectious productions to date alongside Sam Gray, who also earned his fair share of success as one half of British-American country duo Brown & Gray. From the irresistibly uplifting piano chords to the eruptive vocals of Sam Gray, “Human Touch” is the song fans have been craving for so long.
Armin van Buuren said of the collaboration, “I love working with artists who bring a unique perspective to the table, and Sam Gray did just that as someone who’s rapidly becoming a vocal force to be reckoned with in the music industry. ‘Human Touch’ is a song I think lots of people can relate to and draw strength from. I hope it inspires everyone to reach out to one another and reassure them they’ll always have someone to turn to.”
Said Sam Gray, “I woke up one morning really feeling the time it’s been since I’ve seen my family in the U.K. During the pandemic, we’ve all adjusted to Zoom sessions and FaceTime calls being our new normal. While I’m grateful for technology, it’s not and will never be the same as sitting in the same room or holding someone in your arms. We’re all just making the best of a terrible season. The isolation has been devastating both to witness and experience. I’m grateful that Armin heard my heart and helped make this record the very special song that it is. I don’t know a human that doesn’t relate.”
Armin van Buuren has long been a global ambassador for electronic music. The five-time #1 DJ in the world and current #3 has seven full-length artist albums to his name and continues to cultivate a massive worldwide following through his weekly A State Of Trance radio show, event series and album series, reaching 40 million listeners from 80 different countries on a weekly basis. In non-COVID times, Armin van Buuren headlined more than 150 shows per year at leading festivals and venues around the world, including Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, New York), Ultra Music Festival (Miami) and Tomorrowland (Belgium) plus residencies on Ibiza and in Las Vegas.
Having spent over a decade as a writer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Sam Gray can look on a particularly impressive list of hits and collabs. The Hull-born artist worked with The Chainsmokers on their worldwide hit “Takeaway”, scored hit records across Europe with artists such as DJ Katch (‘Lights Out’), Alle Farben & Sam Gray (‘Never Too Late’), The Magician & Julian Perretta (‘Tied Up’) and Hardwell’s ‘Creatures Of The Night’, and sold certified Platinum in Japan and Southeast Asia alongside Exile and W-inds. As one half of Brown & Gray, he charted in Billboard’s Airplay Top 40 with ‘Top Down’, which received a whopping 1.400 spins on Sirius XM’s flagship station, The Highway.