DESMOND MYERS RELEASES NEW SINGLE "TAKE A BOW"
Desmond Myers is an American singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist who has spent his life between Europe and the United States.
While growing up on a small farm in Statesville, North Carolina, Desmond learned to appreciate the sounds of 70’s folk and rock music from his late father. As a teenager he became fascinated with R&B, and hip hop. Through a chance encounter with German/Sri Lankan producer Nicholas Balachandran (Bala Mandala) he moved to Europe at the age of 18 landing support slots on full European tours for several artists, making his way across the continent through hundreds of performances.
He eventually landed in Paris, France where we joined the French band Her as a guitarist and keyboardist, touring across the continent until the bands demise in 2019. In 2020, Desmond gained unexpected recognition with his single "Playing with Fire," which has amassed over 3 million streams on Spotify. In 2021 he was selected to represent Paris and Île-de-France at France's annual Printemps de Bourges festival where he was selected and performed an evening slot at the festival. Shortly following this performance he released his album "Shadowdancer" and the single "Shadows" followed by a European tour which included a sold out release show at the iconic venue La Maroquinerie.
TAKE A BOW
Building upon the success of his debut, Desmond is now gearing up to release new music. For his latest releases Desmond wanted to take things back home and work on music in the states for the first time since he was a teenager.
The first single, "Take a Bow," was produced by Louis Johnson (LONAS, Mackenzie Porter) and Reed Beiren (GAYLE, James Droll) in Nashville, Tennessee. The song delves into the theme of disillusionment with one's passions, with the narrator coming to terms with his own burnout. Eventually he concludes that the only way fall back in love with music is to give up or "Take a Bow" from the negative things that are no longer productive. The song was inspired by the book "The Dip" by Seth Godin, a popular book that recognizes the value of strategic quitting when faced with dead-end situations.
The song starts with a near a cappella verse, gradually building to a grand piano chorus, blending moody vocals with soaring melodies reminiscent of Queen. Desmond fearlessly expresses his inner anxieties and addresses them with newfound wisdom.
"After the last album, we had an incredible release with great reception and memorable shows. However, it quickly came to an end. The shows dried up, and I faced immense pressure to decide what to do next. Juggling fatherhood and my career, I felt a desperate need to find financial stability and build on our previous success. But with no income from my original music, I had to keep hustling, playing cover gigs and then playing overseas at considerable expense. Despite the progress, and the pressure I still was a complete nobody artist. It was an unsustainable situation."
"I started to find joy in things beyond making music especially being with my family, and taking care of my physical health, I had always been very gung-ho about making music, I took it very seriously, and held on very tight to the idea that this was what I was going to dedicate my life to. For the first time I started to see that life could be so much more than that. I thought about quitting music for the first time. But ironically my first instinct was to write a song about wanting to quit because that's how I express myself. It was such a funny feeling but it felt like the right thing to do. I sat down at the piano and "Take a Bow" came out in one session. I instantly knew it was a powerful song, and when I would show it to people I got a lot of validation around that. It was like 'shit, now I should probably put this out' and just like that I was right back where I was trying to figure out how to release music again"
"but I think I learned a lot even just through this song. Music is much more about enjoying the process for me now. I used to stress about the numbers a lot, like we all do,, now I want to focus on keeping things sustainable and making music I’m proud of and have fun with the people I’m creating it with. It’s so much better that way.``
“Take a Bow” releases September 14th with an accompanying music video followed by a full band run of east coast dates.
Desmond's next performances:
09/12/23 - VINYL - Atlanta, GA
09/13/23 - The 5 Spot - Nashville, TN
09/14/23 - Snug Harbor - Charlotte, NC
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR "TAKE A BOW" EXCLUSIVELY HERE: