Today enchanting vocalist, songsmith and producer Madison McFerrin kicks off her next chapter with a groovy new single, “Stay Away (From Me)” complete with a vibrant visual.
Stream Stay Away (From Me): https://madisonmcferrin.lnk.to/stay_away/
Soulful and shimmering, the track is driven by McFerrin’s warm vocals and her own production and arrangement, blending jazz, soul, and a touch of bounce into a rich musical canvas. McFerrin artfully juxtaposes hypnotic, danceable instrumentals with lyrics that tackle the uncertainty of our times and her inner struggle with anxiety. The song’s colorful accompanying video embodies McFerrin’s aura in a nutshell—otherworldly vocals, blissed-out compositions, unfeigned songwriting, and undeniable groove.
Reflecting on “Stay Away (From Me),” Madison says:
“Escaping the trap of my mind can be a hard one. ‘Am I doing the right thing? Have I taken the right actions? Am I too late?’ Written in December 2020, “Stay Away (From Me)” served as a conduit to – and through – the fear of the unknown that was so ripe in that moment. One of the first songs I fully produced myself, “Stay Away (From Me)” helped me let go of some of the gripping anxiety that came with our new reality. In creating this music, I hope to let others know that they are not going through this moment alone.”
Throughout her fruitful independent career, spanning three EPs and multiple collaborations, Madison has earned accolades from The New York Times, NPR, The FADER, and Pitchfork, who named her a Rising Artist in 2018. Her genre-bending work has led to Questlove dubbing her early sound “soul-appella.” In addition to a stirring performance on the renowned COLORSStudio platform, McFerrin has also performed at Lincoln Center, Central Park SummerStage and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, and shared stages with the likes of De La Soul, Gallant, and The Roots.
Off the stage, Madison’s music has been featured in episodes of Comedy Central’s Broad City and HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. Working at the intersection of artistry and community building, McFerrin co-curated programming for the BRIC Jazz Festival in 2021, and in 2022, aligned her MAD LOVE initiative with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy to present three installments of Summer Fridays—a series focused on themes of RELEASE, RESTORE & REJOICE with DJs, comedians and musicians providing some much needed space for healing from the collective trauma and grief of the pandemic. Yesterday in San Francisco, Madison performed at the Saint Joseph’s Art Society in support of a fundraiser benefiting the National Network of Abortion Funds.