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Skinny Living with new track ‘Why’

‘Why’ is the new track from Skinny Living, a four-piece from Wakefield dealing in beautiful, haunting acoustic soul music, drawing on influences such as Bill Withers and Paolo Nutini. “Why” is the lead track from the forthcoming EP, 6.

The band’s music has an incredible lived-in quality, built on frontman, Ryan’s vocal and lyrics that provide a heavy dose of wisdom. “Why” is the perfect example, about Ryan’s incredible bond with his sister. The accompanying video features her along with Ryan and its emotional impact is devastating and an incredibly brave first major label release with Ryan pouring very drop of emotion onto the screen.

Speaking about the song Ryan says “‘Why’ is an incredibly honest song that takes a lot from me. It touches on how controlling and caging the mind can be, without even knowing it… About the video he goes on to say “It’s always daunting making a video, wondering if it will bring the song across in the right way. I feel like it does. It represents something a lot of us go through and hopefully demonstrates the power of unconditional love”.

Skinny Living began in 2013 when guitarist Will Booth was first floored by singer Ryan Johnston’s incredible voice at an open mic night in their hometown of Wakefield, before being augmented by Danny Hepworth (guitar) and Rhys Anderton (drums).

The band are the product of relentless hard work and live shows over the past few years. They have done it the old-fashioned way, building their own fanbase, self-financing trips to the Netherlands and around the UK where they played shows and slept on the floors of friends, all without any outside help, until finally bagging a deal with RCA in 2017. Since then they have worked with a string of top producers including Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran), Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Years & Years) and Steve Robson (One Direction).

Give the song a listen here and the video a watch here.

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