Midnight In Brooklyn
Midnight In Brooklyn is the debut album by singer/songwriter YawnyBlew, produced by Sean Hamilton (H.E.R, Justin Beiber). It features contributions from Rodney Jerkins, Cocoa Sarai, Reezytunes, Teddy Marquee, and Lili K. The album is an ode to lost love, nostalgia, and '90s hip-hop and R&B.
After teasing the album with "fallinlove" in 2020, Yawny dropped lead single and album intro "Dusk" in March 2021. The song was featured in Consigned's Revival campaign and write-ups in Scene Magazine and Voyage LA. He followed this up with the R.I.P EP in October 2021, which was highlighted by Rolling Stone and Bear World Magazine.
Midnight In Brooklyn will hit all streaming platforms on April 11th, 2022 (Yawny's Birthday), with single "Sirens" dropping March 25th featuring Blvkm0nd4y, ACEXXI, and Chris Jackson.
"I've always been inspired by albums that tell a story. Two of the first albums I ever listened to were Usher's Confessions and Kanye West's Late Registration. I started my recording career in high school and spent most of my time on the A train through Brooklyn writing songs on my way to sessions or heading back home listening to what I worked on that night. So much of what made sense on those rides informed how I started crafting my songs.
At the same I was discovering my sexuality and dealing with a less mainstream existence as queer teen. Love was often forbidden or tainted by fear and shame. My music became cryptic and mysterious; a way for me to hide my truth in plain sight.
I was raised on Notorious B.I.G and Mary J. Blige, so those sounds became go-to reference points for me. Later in life, when I discovered writers like James Fauntleroy and Frank Ocean, I found permission to tell more dynamic and nuanced stories. Exploring The Beatles catalog in audio engineering school drove my interest in layering and effecting vocals, something that became the backbone of my recording and performance style. All of it came together to form YawnyBlew and Midnight in Brooklyn."