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Press Play At Home: Conan Gray Highlights The Painful Past Of "Family Line" With An Affecting Acoustic Performance
Watch Conan Gray strip down his new song "Family Line," a track from his album 'Superache' that traces his pain back to the source: a turbulent childhood.
In order to take control of your future, you have to come to terms with your past — and that's the message behind "Family Line," the powerful fulcrum of Conan Gray's newest album, Superache.
The song finds the pop singer/songwriter tracing his roots and personality traits back to their source: A turbulent childhood. Each line lays out some aspect of childhood trauma in stark, unsparing detail, and the song's chorus traces back all his faults and attributes to something in his mother or father.
In this episode of Press Play at Home, Gray gives the song an acoustic treatment, strumming his guitar along to the emotional lyrics as he sits in an empty room. The barren white-walled performance space helps keep the focus on the song's cutting lyrics and excavation of the past.
"How could you hurt a little kid?/ I can't forget, I can't forgive you/ 'Cause now I'm scared that everyone I love will leave me," Gray sings in one particularly hard-hitting verse, directed toward a father who is troubled, abusive and often absent.
It's unclear exactly how autobiographical the song is, but as he explained to GRAMMY.com in June, being honest and vulnerable results in the best songwriting. "The only way you can really connect with people is by telling them a human experience," he said.
"Family Line" comes off Gray's second studio album, Superache, a collection of personal and intimately crafted tracks also featuring singles such as "Yours" and "Memories." After sharing the story of his teen years on his 2020 debut, Kid Krow, Gray called the Superache creation process "an experience of scraping my ribs of any last information that I had to say."
Press play above to watch Gray's powerful and intimate "Family Line" performances, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Press Play at Home.
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Press Play: Babygirl Deliver An Emotional Performance Of Their Honest Single, "Born With A Broken Heart"
With just their voices and a burning electric guitar, Toronto-based duo Babygirl bring out the melancholy of "Born With A Broken Heart," the lead single from their latest EP, "Be Still My Heart."
Tainted by years of endless sadness, Babygirl frontwoman Kiki Frances fears she might be "Born with a Broken Heart." As she declares in the chorus, "It's almost like I'm built to fall apart."
In this episode of Press Play, Babygirl deliver an acoustic performance of their track, with bandmate Cameron Bright supporting Frances's vocals with a melancholy electric guitar.
"Born with a Broken Heart" is the lead single from Babygirl's latest EP, Be Still My Heart, released earlier this year via Sandlot Records.
"This is one of our favorite pieces of music we've ever made together," they revealed to Broadway World. "A lot of our writing is character-driven or based on some fantasy, and those are personal in a more subconscious way, but this one feels very directly personal."
Watch the video above to view Babygirl's tender performance of "Born with a Broken Heart," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Press Play.
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Press Play: Marley Bleu Honors An "Unintentional" Love In This Intimate Performance
R&B newcomer Marley Bleu offers a stripped-down performance of "Unintentional," her debut single with Republic Records.
Sometimes love can catch you off guard — and in Marley Bleu's case, she may have found the perfect partner unintentionally.
"'Cause your love is so intentional/ Wrong time, I think I found the right one," the rising R&B star sings in her latest single, "Unintentional." "You're here, don't know where you came from/ What we got is so unintentional."
In this episode of Press Play, the Los Angeles native sings a stripped-down version of "Unintentional," supported by a keyboardist. The pair perform on her living room sofa, emphasizing the track's intimate nature.
"Unintentional," which originally features Pink Sweat$, is Bleu's major label debut under Republic Records. Her next single, "goodmorning," is slated to arrive later this year.
Bleu found her roots in performing from a musical family. Her great-great uncle is the late Chuck Berry, and her father, Al Berry, played bass guitar for industry titans like Nile Rodgers, Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne.
Watch the video above to hear Marley Bleu's live performance of "Unintentional," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Press Play.
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Press Play: Gavin Magnus Feels Like A "Psycho" In This Impassioned Performance of His Latest Single
Alternative singer and social media star Gavin Magnus performs "Psycho" from a music studio, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar.
Gavin Magnus knows firsthand what it's like to love someone who only causes you pain — and he narrates the reality of toxic relationships in his swirling new single, "Psycho."
"You were never there for me when I needed you most/ But you would stick around and watch it all go up in smoke," Magnus sings on the second verse. "Burn my bridges down until there's only ashes left/ But the flames, they never rest at all."
In this episode of Press Play, Magnus delivers a performance of "Psycho" from a music studio, stripping down the song with just an acoustic guitar.
Released in September, "Psycho" marks Magnus' debut single under Big Noise Music Group. Earlier this year, he released two more solo tracks, "Exit" and "Lonely."
Along with his work as an artist, Magnus is a prolific content creator with over 6 million subscribers on YouTube and 2 million followers on TikTok. And on Nov. 10, he'll take his music career to the next level with the release of his debut project, Blurry Eyes.
Watch the video above to hear Gavin Magnus' cathartic, acoustic performance of "Psycho," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Press Play.
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Press Play: Lindsey Lomis Delivers A Stripped-Down Performance Of Her New Single, "Outta Sight (On My Mind)"
Up-and-coming pop singer Lindsey Lomis offers an acoustic take on her first independent single in nearly four years, "Outta Sight (On My Mind)."
Like the old saying goes, out of sight often means out of mind. But pop singer Lindsey Lomis has someone consuming her thoughts everywhere she goes — whether she's out with her friends or alone in her bedroom. And she's just as surprised by her behavior as everyone else may be.
"No, they've never seen me like this/ Woah, I've never seen me like this," Lomis sings in the second verse of "Outta Sight (On My Mind)." "You're outta sight, but you're on my mind/ Thinkin' 'bout how I'm thinkin' bout you all the time."
In this episode of Press Play, Lomis delivers a stripped-down rendition of her latest release, performing the track in her bedroom with an acoustic guitar.
The track — which Lomis dropped on Sept. 22 — marks her first independent release in almost four years. Earlier this year, she dropped an EP, Universe, via Warner Records.
Lomis recently wrapped up a tour supporting Bruno Major. She also toured with Joshua Bassett on his Complicated Tour this past spring, before headlining six of her own shows in June.
Watch the video above to hear Lindsey Lomis' sweet performance of "Outta Sight (On My Mind)," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Press Play.