Pianist/singer/songwriter/producer, Ethan Bortnick has released his new single “deadly ever after” today via Columbia Records. Serving as the climax of Ethan’s sonic story so far, the track details the chilling moments when he realizes that the girl he loves is not who he thought she was. Throughout the song, Ethan is forced to come to terms with the ruins his life is left in at the hands of his former lover. The haunting track is carried by powerful, emotional vocals and dark, moody instrumentals. Listen to it now below.
Born in Hollywood, Florida, Ethan Bortnick’s prodigious talent as a classically trained pianist made his childhood international. At three, he could replicate Mozart on his keyboard due to his perfect pitch and started composing three years later. He appeared on multiple national and international television shows including Oprah and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which led to claiming a Guinness World Record aged nine as the youngest-ever person to headline a solo concert tour and landing his own PBS concert special series. Despite success and validation at every turn before and during his teenage years, Bortnick never lost his hunger for music.
But solitude was necessary to distinguish his future from his past—to define the artist he wanted to become. When the pandemic hit, Bortnick was able to press pause on his touring commitments and focus on production with multi-instrumentalist and producer Dylan Edmunds, his frequent collaborator. With Edmunds, Bortnick wrote his November 2021 single “cut my fingers off.” The reaction to “cut my fingers off” was overwhelming, and the explosive reception of August’s thumping, primally romantic single “engravings” proved it wasn’t a fluke, garnering Ethan 4 million new followers on Tik Tok in 2022. Bortnick is bound to cast an even wider influence in 2023 with his most vulnerable and raw offerings yet. “deadly ever after ” sets the table for much more to come in 2023.