Sonny Meraki has released his exciting EP (extended play record) Resilience. The five-track multi-genre album was released on May 10 2022 on Youtube at Sonny Meraki.
Sonny Meraki whose real name is Francois Clarke said that the five songs on the album were planned before COVID-19 and were recorded with the creative assistance from the National Cultural Foundation.
“Most of the songs on the EP were written and arranged before COVID-19. If I am being honest I never planned to create an album.
“However, when the COVID-19 Creative Assistance Grants became available during the pandemic, I decided to use the opportunity to get them recorded.
“Additionally, the ideal plan was to release them earlier in 2021 as motivational messages for people especially due to the lockdowns and tighter restrictions,” he said.
The former Harrison College and graduate of the University of The West Indies, Cave Hill, Campus with a Bachelor of Science degree – major in Biology, minor in Earth Sciences – said that the album has songs of hope, persistence, motivation, and reminders to people of the strength that we all possess within.
“The actual songs are That Place, Head Up High, Keep Going On, How Many More, and Standing Tall. The song That Place was to paint a picture of a place, mental space, whether internally or externally that can connect to when they need to ground themselves for whatever reason. Some people may find that place when they meditate, or some might just need to imagine the greater worlds beyond our planet.
“Heads Up High and Keep Going On was a message to keep strong despite the hardships. How Many More has the band in that song, the original song which was sung by now Senator John King was re-arranged by Meraki.
“Standing Tall was a personal prayer and request to the Creator/universe for strength and guidance along my journey in order to manifest greatness for my family.
“The version on the EP is from my virtual concert which is also available on YouTube: Taste of Meraki Virtual Concert,” he said.
Meraki said that his EP Resilience was to inspire persons positively.
“The core of my artistry is to create quality art that can genuinely inspire and affect other people positively.
“Therefore, the majority of my music tends to flow from this sense of purpose, resulting in music that people can hopefully go to in times of stress and or pressures,” he said.
The artiste said that he wants his listeners to feel inspired and lifted when they hear the album Resilience.
“My main hope for persons listening to this is for them to feel inspired and lifted when they hear it. I hope they remember to acknowledge a Higher Force in their journey, even if you are not deeply spiritual.
“I also hope that they feel motivated and take time to find and or remember their own inner strength and apply persistence and a more positive mentality even when things may be difficult in life,” he said.
Meraki is also sporting a new look as he has cut his locs and has a more youthful look. He said that while his new look is a bit personal, he wanted to reset on certain aspects in his journey.
He invited persons to listen to his EP Resilience on his YouTube Channel Sonny Meraki Music.
Two of his tracks That Place and Keep Going On are available on major streaming platforms Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer and Shazam.
“Persons can listen to the full project on the Sonny Meraki YouTube Channel and Soundcloud. Persons can listen to the full compilation in one video, or they have the option of listening to each single as there are also individual videos with each song.
Two of the songs That Place and Keep Going On are already available Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, Shazam and all other streaming platforms,” he said.
He expressed thanks to the National Cultural Foundation for partially funding the creation of Resilience as well as all of the producers and contributors on the project.
“I want to say thank you to the National Cultural Foundation, Jason Alleyne from Escaban Studies, Johnathan Banfield, Shawn Spencer, Brian J. Poole who all produced tracks on the EP, Stonedwithcupidphotography for the photography and content creation for the EP, Claire Codrington as well as his partner Nicole Krkljush,” he said.
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