Raleigh Ritchie in Leeds (source)
Very little is known about Raleigh Ritchie, but the music of this mightily talented soul pop crooner speaks volumes. He was first noted by industry insiders when he quietly released "Stay Inside" and "A Moor" on SoundCloud last month that created a stir of interest. Kendrick Lamar received word about Ritchie as well and invited the young singer to join him as a special guest on his U.K. tour last week.
Today, Ritchie unveiled the brand-new "In Too Deep" that gives us a few more clues about his incredibly soulful brand of pop. The song combines Ritchie's classic storytelling chops with fresh, contemporary production stylings that is incredibly compelling. Lost and in love, Ritchie sings, "You promised if we drown we drown together/Out into the deep blue/I'm into deep/When I need you most you are gone/Deep blue see will you take me home?/The sea is unforgiving/I want to be on land with the living."
"In Too Deep" is particular pretty when Ritchie seamlessly segues from the first verse into the chorus around the 40 second mark. Raleigh Ritchie is an artist to keep your eye and ear on in the months to come. Highly recommended. (Thanks Ike Adler for the heads up.)