Madison McFerrin Announces Debut Album, Shares New Single ‘(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now’

    Madison McFerrin has announced her debut album, I Hope You Can Forgive Me, which is out May 12. To mark the news, she’s shared a Kemp Baldwin-directed video for the lead single ‘(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now’. Check it out below, along with the album artwork, tracklist, and McFerrin’s upcoming tour dates.

    McFerrin wrote ‘(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now’ after enduring a car accident with her partner in 2021. “Being able to walk away from a near-death experience without physical harm is one of the greatest blessings I’ve received in this life,” she explained in a press statement. “It reaffirmed my purpose as an artist. Writing ‘(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now’ became an incredibly therapeutic and cathartic experience. Being able to express that kind of fear while still creating a fun environment was key to making this song.

    Of the accompanying video, McFerrin added:

    Death showed up in more ways than one in the process of making this video. In the weeks leading up to the shoot, multiple family members on the production side passed unexpectedly, bringing our plans to a halt. The fate of the video was in flux. Thanks to the tenacity of my team, we were able to regroup and move forward, albeit with a delay.

    For the video, we wanted to capture the feeling of not being prepared to die. I’m talking to myself both above and within the grave, grieving both who I was and who I could be. I didn’t expect being in a grave for multiple hours in a day would affect me, but it definitely contributed to my journey in processing a near-death experience. This song and video are a manifestation of my own personal growth as not only a musician, but as a human.

    McFerring produced the majority of songs on I Hope You Can Forgive Me, which features contributions from her father, Bobby McFerrin.

    I Hope You Can Forgive Me Cover Artwork:

    I Hope You Can Forgive Me Tracklist:

    1. Deep Sea
    2. Fleeting Melodies
    3. Testify
    4. Run
    5. God Herself
    6. OMW
    7. (Please Don’t) Leave Me Now
    8. Stay Away (From Me)
    9. Utah
    10. Goodnight

    Madison McFerrin 2023 Tour Dates:

    Mar 2 San Jose, CA – The Continental
    Mar 3 Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall
    Mar 13-18 Austin, TX – SXSW
    May 20 Frenchtown, NJ – Artyard
    Jun 1 Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon
    Jun 2 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
    Jun 4 Eugene, OR – Hult Center
    Jun 5 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
    Jun 13 Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
    Jun 15 Columbus, OH – Rambling House
    Jun 23 Baltimore, MD – Creative Alliance
    Jun 24 Ellenville, NY – Love, Velma
    Jun 25 Marlboro, NY – The Falcon
    Jun 29 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
    Jul 9 Rotterdam, Netherlands – North Sea Jazz Fest
    Aug 10-13 Dorset, England – We Out Here Fest

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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