Marian Carmel takes influence from soulful R&B tunes reminiscent of Emily King and Lianne La Havas. Her lush vocals breathe life into the melancholic nature of her songs, which are often born out of catharsis.
In 2016, her first year pursuing music, Marian found herself as one of the mentees for Singapore's Noise Music Mentorship Programme. She joined competitions such as MTV Asia’s Project: Aloft Star where she was flown to Bangkok, Thailand to compete in the Top 5 Finals. She also joined Yamaha Asian Beat where she emerged as the 1st Runner Up in the Singapore division.
The 22-year-old’s first release was “Thursday”, a feature on a song co-written and performed with Singaporean rapper Axel Brizzy. On top of being dubbed the “Best Song to Sing Along to” at the Singapore Youth Music Awards, the R&B tune has garnered over 700,000 listens on Spotify, and debuted on 8 Spotify-curated playlists all over Asia (New Music Friday Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong).
Marian’s debut solo single ‘Might Never Get Better’ will be released in the last quarter of 2019. The upbeat alternative-R&B track is a hushed cry against her encounter with panic disorder and its relapse. Despite its playful instrumentals, the song’s backbone is a set of dark lyrics, echoing the sensations that come with a painful recovery.