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R&B artist Emanuel’s debut EP Session 1: Disillusion out now ~ breakout single “Need You” championed by Idris Elba


June 19, 2020—R&B artist Emanuel’s debut EP Session 1: Disillusion, is out now via Universal Music Canada. In a moment of global disillusionment as social unrest, racial equality protests, and the crisis of a pandemic are weighing on the human spirit, Emanuel’s EP Session 1: Disillusion strives to reflect the emotions and times the artist is living through. Listen to Session 1: Disillusion HERE.

“Debuting to the world on Juneteenth, a symbolic day in the celebration of freedom and emancipation for all enslaved Blacks in America,” Emanuel introduces audiences to his EP by asking listeners to “immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of love, hope and healing as the world shifts right before our very eyes.”

As Emanuel shared in his artist manifesto: “Alt Therapy. It represents so many things. It is healing. Healing foAs Emanuel shared in his artist manifesto: “Alt Therapy. It represents so many things. It is healing. Healing for those things in the past that would have us in bondage, in depression, in sadness. Those voices that told us we weren’t important. It’s gratification for the yearning in our hearts to do something great for the people of this world. These songs are stories—stories from me, about us. I believe God has been the leading benefactor. He gave me virtues and a voice. He gave me melodies that catch the ear and the soul. All of this, so that I could give a message of truth and love—filled with peace, to the world. This album is happening during this renaissance of beautiful Black art in the world. I want to make my mark in this renaissance—with beautiful music—forged in countless hours of dedication and defiance to the bullshit going on.”

With each original song on Session 1: Disillusion, Emanuel’s vocals unveil his process of coping with a disillusioned portrait of life through alternative therapeutic outlets including self-reflection, sex, drugs and relationships. Emanuel progresses towards and ultimately descends into a state of disillusionment as the elation from the hope of meaningful human connection in “Need You” deflates into a crushing devastation in “Thought It’d Be Easy” that then coasts into the blurry synthetic high of “Addiction.”

Following Emanuel’s international debut earlier this spring with the release of his first single “Need You” and its globally collaborative video curated by Idris Elba OBE, who also holds the role of Executive Producer, Session 1: Disillusion serves as the first installment of his upcoming full-length project: ALT THERAPY. Mixed by Gary Noble (Amy Winehouse, Nas, Fugees) and featuring original artwork by renowned contemporary visual artist FunnyTummySession 1: Disillusion explores the vulnerability that comes with self-work and uninhibited artistic expression.

The reaction to Emanuel’s talent has been immediate from both the music industry and his rapidly growing fanbase. With the release of his debut single, Emanuel was named Apple Music’s New Artist of the Week, one of Amazon Music’s Artists to Watch, a Soundcloud Featured Artist and a Spotify “On the Radar” Artist. In two months, “Need You” has already accumulated millions of streams worldwide. 

Session 1: Disillusion is the first collection of music Emanuel will share this year, culminating with the release of his debut album ALT THERAPY.


1. Need You

2. Thought It’d Be Easy

3. Addiction

4. Need You (Remix)

Read Emanuel’s Artist Manifesto HERE

Explore the ALT THERAPY Kit HERE

Follow Emanuel:

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