It’s not too late to get familiar with Brayton Bowman, America, trust us. The smooth, soulful singer treated us with a personal appearance at our HQ last week and we couldn’t champion his skills enough, which is why we’re ecstatic to premiere this first visual showing off his style.
A huge lover of Stevie Wonder, he gave us a sneak peek at his brand of beautiful melodies at the office, but below, you can see the final product as the Philadelphia native a flipped version of “If You Really Love Me” b/w “Too Good” by Drake and Rihanna. “I had my heart broken a few months back and heard this tune for the first time in years just as I was beginning to crawl out of my post-break-up blues,” Brayton told us exclusively in an email when describing his inspiration behind “If You Really Love Me”. “It said everything I needed to say that I couldn’t put into words.”
“It’s such a breath of fresh air to go all the way back to the beginning and not hide behind tuning, background vocals and electronic production,” Brayton also said while describing his favorite part of recording this track. “Singing Stevie Wonder songs and making stank faces until the vibe felt right, shit, I’m just so happy I get to sing I could cry.” A graduate of the prestigious Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts (also home to The Roots) — Brayton studied classical and choral music before learning about jazz at Berklee College of Music. A chance move to New York in 2015, Brayton would go on to release the four-track EP, HERE/NOW, which earned him accolades from Spin Magazine to Huffington Post.
Describing his own sound as “somewhere in between soul-pop and future funk,” his upcoming project is definitely one to keep your eyes + ears focused on. Until then, press play on his take of “If You Really Love Me” and stay tuned to OKP for more news and views on Brayton Bowman.