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Global Spin: Katie Delivers An Ethereal Sunset Performance Of "Thinkin Bout You" From Seoul
Korean-born, New Jersey-raised artist KATIE fuses her K-Pop and R&B influences for a performance of "Thinkin Bout You" in this episode of Global Spin.
A South Korea native who immigrated to New Jersey with her family at age 10, KATIE — also known as Katie Kim — straddles genre styles as naturally as she straddles cultural identities.
At every step in her career, KATIE has held an equal claim to her K-pop and R&B influences. Citing soul and R&B greats like Frank Sinatra, Erykah Badu and Aaliyah as influences, KATIE initially planned to study jazz at Berklee College of Music before heading back to Korea in 2014 to compete on the fourth season of "K-pop Star" — which she won.
In this episode of Global Spin, the singer's complex stylistic makeup is on full display with a performance of "Thinkin Bout You," a single from her 2018 breakout EP, LOG. Backed only by a soft electric guitar line, KATIE calls on two powerful elements to help tell her story: Her breathy, lilting soprano, and a backdrop of the Seoul skyline at sunset.
Paired with the performance's brooding visuals, the song's yearning message of unrequited love conjures up a forlorn, moody aesthetic. KATIE is silhouetted against the backdrop of a bustling city, but across the river, she's alone. It's a familiar feeling for the singer, as she has said that she often strives to make music for those who feel lost in the margins.
"Growing up as an Asian American, I never felt like I was American enough. When I went back to Korea, I never felt Korean enough. I want to speak for those who aren't seen as the main characters in their community," she told Nylon in 2018. "I would love if they could relate to my music."
Enjoy KATIE's unique blend of musical and cultural influences in the episode above, and keep checking GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: Watch South Korean Phenoms Viviz Perform An Irresistible Version Of "Bop Bop!"
In this episode of Global Spin, a video series highlighting exceptional artists from around the globe, watch South Korean group Viviz perform their scintillating song "Bop Bop!"
We may live in an era where cultural borders are vanishing, but have you ever considered K-pop with Latin rhythms? If not, feast your ears on Viviz.
Hailing from South Korea, the trio performs their vibrant, disco-tinged single "Bop Bop!" from the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in their hometown of Seoul.
With flowers in their hair and a troupe of dancers in tow, the Viviz girls deliver a flawless performance — one that’ll get you moving right along with them.
In this episode of Global Spin, a video series spotlighting spectacular artists around the world, get to know Viviz in all their hyper-melodic, continent-spanning glory.
Enjoy the performance above and keep checking back for more episodes of Global Spin.
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Global Spin: The Change Goes On A Trek For Her Electric, Hillside Performance Of "Imperio"
In the debut episode of Global Spin, a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists, Dominican singer/songwriter/producer the Change delivers an electrifying performance of her 2019 single "Imperio."
It's fitting that the debut episode of GRAMMY.com's Global Spin series, a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists, kicks off with a sunrise performance from Dominican artist the Change.
In just three years since she released her first single, she has organically generated a fan base of more than 2 million monthly Spotify listeners off songs she wrote and produced entirely by herself. In fact, according to the Change, she recorded "Imperio," the track she performs in this installment of Global Spin, on her cell phone.
Watch her performance of the touching single below.
The Change's songwriting ability shines bright on "Imperio," which she describes as one of the most personal songs she's ever written, thanks to the track's strong hook; in it, she bounces back and forth from her lover making her feel like a girl again to not being afraid to age—so long as her partner is there along the way.
For now, the multitalented singer/songwriter/producer only has a handful of songs under her belt. But after signing to Warner Music earlier this year, the Change is primed to bring her flag to new heights.
Tune in to the sounds of the world with Global Spin every other Tuesday starting Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m ET on the Recording Academy's official YouTube channel, Facebook page, Instagram page, and Twitter profile.
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Global Spin: Facesoul Explores The Healing Power Of R&B With His Soulful Performance Of "All I Need"
In the latest episode of Global Spin, Somali-born, U.K.-based singer/songwriter FACESOUL displays the healing heights of his R&B sound with a stunning performance of his 2021 song, "'All I Need"
By growing from his roots in Islam and exploring the healing power of music, Somali-born, U.K.-based singer/songwriter FACESOUL looks deep into the soul of soul music.
In matching minimalist production, layered vocals, and a lyrical search for meaning, the transcendent artist born Faisal Salah produces a meditative, beguiling beauty unlike anything else in modern R&B.
In the latest episode of Global Spin — a brand-new performance series spotlighting global music and international artists — FACESOUL shows just how magnetic his melange of styles can be.
Watch the London-based vocalist perform "All I Need," off his 2021 album, YSRA, below.
In the clip, FACESOUL sings serenely in the center of an abandoned building, ivy and trees growing through the cracks in the stone. "Glory sure will rise, if I just believe it," FACESOUL sweetly sings, his hope and optimism growing through the darkness like the insistent nature around him.
Check back every other Tuesday for new episodes of the Global Spin performance series.
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Global Spin: Singer-Songwriter And Producer Ferraz Offers A Minimalist, Soulful Performance Of "Espérame"
The singer-songwriter, DJ and producer pulls from a variety of different styles to create his own signature blend of Latin R&B — and in this performance of "Espérame," he leans into his soul influences.
Venezuelan singer-songwriter, producer and DJ Ferraz draws from various elements and sonic styles to create his signature blend of R&B. And in "Espérame," one of the tracks from his 2021 album Fino, he leans into gentle, lilting soul.
In this episode of Global Spin, Ferraz delivers a laid-back live performance of his song. Flanked by his gear and set against a plain white backdrop, the singer accompanies himself on electric guitar.
This minimalist, self-contained performance proves that Ferraz can create a sound-world all his own. Ferraz incorporates elements of Latin folk-rock and bossa nova into his performance, with classic R&B rhythms kicking in in the chorus.
Funk, house and hip-hop further influence Ferraz's music-making process, coming together to form a style of R&B both versatile and pliant.
As one of the singer's more reflective and laidback tracks, "Espérame" exemplifies his easygoing, luminous vocal delivery — a signature element of even his bouncier tracks, like 2022's "Seratonina."
Ferraz debuted in 2019 with his Rumbo album, and continued to grow his sound and style with the release of Fino two years later. Most recently, he put out Remixes FINO, a collection of reimagined versions of the songs from his Fino project.
Press play on the video above enjoy Ferraz's soulful "Espérame" performance, and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of Global Spin.