“the best British pop album of the year” – NME, 5*
Following the one-year anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Hold The Girl, Rina Sawayama returns to release Hold The Girl (Bonus Edition). This latest edition includes an original single titled “Flavour of the Month” as well as a new rendition of “Imagining,” featuring Ghanaian-American platinum artist Amaarae.
Over the past year, Rina has taken the world by storm with her acting debut in John Wick: Chapter 4 alongside Keanu Reeves, her masterfully re-designed world tour, and her in-depth interview with the BBC in which Rina revealed more of the context behind her sophomore album Hold The Girl.
In September, Rina shared the physical re-issue of Hold The Girl following her reimagined tour design for Hold The Girl: Reloaded, which pointed to Rina’s intent to provide a more intimate understanding of her creative process and unique point of view during the creation of the album. After redesigning her entire show with completely new performance looks, she was able to articulate a greater narrative with a simpler set design, using set pieces in multiple ways and providing a playful and interactive experience. The North American leg of the tour included festival appearances at Governor’s Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Life is Beautiful, Portola Music Festival, and Austin City Limits.
Upon its release, John Wick: Chapter 4 broke box office records for the franchise hitting #1 at the domestic box office. Rina received high praise for her performance with The Wrap noting she, “gets some of the best choreography of the film, letting arrows fly as she launches herself from villain to villain in her Katniss Everdeen-meets-dominatrix best.” Mashable added, “Rina Sawayama exudes ruthless amounts of cool,” with The Hollywood Reporter noting that Rina, “will undoubtedly be seen in future editions.” Upon the film’s release, Rina also appeared on Good Morning America and sat down for a couch conversation with Jimmy Fallon. Rina’s vocals are also featured in the end credits of the film on the track “Eye For An Eye.”
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.