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Singer/songwriter Paxton shares why her latest album release is such a personal journey.

The evolution of my sound … I feel I am finally finding my sound and my identity as a artist. I haven’t felt this secure about who I want to be and show up as in a while. Sonically, 23:23 is heavily influenced by a lot of African sounds and genres, whereas the first album is very pop. I was 17 years old when I released my first album, and this time around, at age 23, I have very different stories to tell. This album is a lot more grown and vulnerable and shows how I’ve evolved since the first album. I’m 23 in 2023, hence the title 23:23.

My album cover art … is a reflection of my sound: vibrant, bold and proudly Afr.   

My collabs … I was blessed to work with MajorSteez and Shekhinah, two artists I admire and appreciate. The exciting part about collaborating is the fusion of different sounds and styles of music. I also love seeing other artists tap into their artistic side and explore their creative processes.   

I’m deeply connected to … every single track on my album, but the last track, “Memories”, has a very special place in my heart. This song is an ode to my journey and how music changed my life. On this track, I feature the children’s choir that began my singing journey. It was truly a full-circle moment! 

I was in the best space I’ve ever been creatively … everything turned out beautifully and happened with ease. I think the biggest challenge was trying not to leak news of the album prematurely because of how excited I was. 

My hope is… that my fans see the growth and relate to the content of the album and that it moves, heals and inspires them. 

Did you know? I actually love recording in a dark room. So all the lights are switched off before I’m able to sing. It helps with the anxiety and makes me feel as though nobody is watching. 

Gig guide

Find yourself with nothing to do, then why not rock out at the following gigs happening in and around a major town this summer? 

Lalah Hathaway – An Intimate Evening with Lalah Hathaway, presented by Liberty

27 January 2024, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. 

Book on webtickets  

Milky Chance – Living In A Haze South African Tour Dates

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town 

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg 

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens, uMphafa Field, Durban.

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