Prolific songwriter and pop powerhouse, Maggie Szabo, has released her popular Pride anthem, “Don’t Give Up” on DSPs for the first time. This beautifully authentic and heartfelt song is dedicated to transgender youth around the world who live in fear and suffer from rejection and exclusion. The uplifting pop anthem’s music video was originally released in 2017, catching the attention of many, including Billboard and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. Szabo was then invited to film a live performance of the song with the Chorus for LA Pride. It went on to be featured by The Advocate, praised by the Huffington Post, PopDust, and is still performed live on stage at Pride events. Video proceeds are donated to the Ali Forney Center, supporting homeless, LGBTQIA+ youth. May 20, 2022, is the first time the audio has been available on all platforms.
“We should all be treated equally and with love, no matter our gender identity, who we love, where we come from, and what we look like,” said Szabo. “Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed many situations where that’s just not the case, and that’s where the inspiration for ‘Don’t Give Up’ came from. Since writing the song, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to perform it with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles at countless fundraisers, Prides, and various events around southern California. Too many stories have been shared with me where transgender youth are being discarded by their family and forced to live on the street. It’s really opened my eyes – even more – about the importance of awareness for the Trans community.”
Szabo has dedicated her career to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, using her music and online platform to conquer social injustice and fight for equity. Her single “Rebuild,” released in June 2021, was featured by Yahoo! and named a 2021 Pride Jam by Queerty. The music video was directed by a trans woman (Alexa Best), stars a trans woman (Dr. Kathryn Davis), and follows Kathryn’s struggles, from losing her job and being forced to detransition, to her nearly fatal emergency surgery, which was her wakeup call.
Originally from Canada, Szabo’s hit single ‘My Oh My’ was named Stingray Radio’s “Trending Track” in Oct. 2021 and hit the Canada Hot AC Chart at #27 (alongside Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, and Adele), taking over radio throughout Canada.
In addition to releasing her own music, Szabo is a choice songwriter in the industry, writing with and for the best. Her latest hit,“SloMo”, written by Szabo, Leroy Sanchez, Keith Harris, Ibere Fortes, and Arjen Thonen, came in third at the internationally known Eurovision Song Contest, May 10-14, 2022. Maggie is also a co-writer on the “Welcome to Eden” soundtrack (#2 Netflix show in the U.S.).
If you think this is your first time hearing of Szabo, you’ve likely heard her music in notable films and on TV networks such as E!, Disney, ABC, NBC, and Netflix.
Haitian Artist, Wicked Haitian Is Just Getting Ready To Take Over The Music Scene
In the world of overblown hype and excess, it is hard to find an authentic artist that embodies the fin and vibrancy of the originals that did so to establish the artform back in the day. Well, debut artist Rodshield Richard popularly known as Wicked Haitian from Haiti is here to remind us of that and more.
Music always has a way of sticking with you when it’s a good time. When you can hit play on the music and immediately have your spirit lifted due to the great vibes of the music. Those types of records always last long because of the feeling people have while hearing it. This is what you get from Wicked Haitian from one of his recent songs “No Love”.
Check out his latest songs on Spotify below:
Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?
Wicked Haitian – What really inspired me to write music is my people that I still have in Haiti. My goal is for me to make a way for them in order to have a better life.
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
Wicked Haitian – I realized I was going to make music professionally about one year ago. I’ve seen that I can actually make a difference for the people in Haiti and the music in me has helped me in different ways financially to help them.
Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?
Wicked Haitian – What’s unique about my music is that I speak from the heart. I don’t really go off what people say or what people think I just speak on how I feel.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Wicked Haitian – The funniest mistake I’ve ever made was two years ago when I signed a deal but it wasn’t beneficial at all. It was only beneficial to them. I’ve learnt from that mistake.
Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?
Wicked Haitian – My latest releases are No Love,Time and ION FWY. “No Love” is basically explaining how I can show someone love when I don’t know how to love, and “Time” is basically saying you don’t really have to rush anything in life everything will fall in place just take your time and just keep going, and “ION FWY” it’s basically me saying I’m all to myself now I don’t really focus on fake Friends or females because when I had nothing to my name nobody was around everybody loves to be around when you’re shining but nobody likes to be around when you’re down
Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?
Wicked Haitian – My upcoming projects consist of the videos for “No Love”, “Time” and “ION FWY” and in the videos I will go in detail explaining what each song means.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
Wicked Haitian – When I first started, I wish I was told that nobody really cares about you. They only care what they can make of you and It’s a dog eat dog world.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Wicked Haitian – Just keep going don’t give up and keep it real as long as you love what you’re doing you will never burn out.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Wicked Haitian – When I don’t do music on Sundays I go on Jet Skis or I’ll go to the gym or I play basketball. I like to travel. I love travelling to Haiti a lot. There I’ll go to the Dominican Republic.
Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?
Wicked Haitian – For someone that’s just starting doing music, don’t rush anything and never look for a handout.
How can our readers follow you online?
Wicked Haitian – You all can follow me on our social media platforms @WickedHaitian.
For more updates, follow me on:
Instagram – @WickedHaitian
Twitter – @WickedHaitian
Toronto Singer-Songwriter Alex Krawczyk Nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards on Eve of Single Release
Alex Krawczyk follows up her Top 10 US radio airplay chart hit, “Better Days” with the 3rd single from her debut album, “Le Olam.” She is nominated for Best New Artist at the CMFAs.
With more than 150K Spotify streams of her debut album, “Le Olam” and a #1 US radio airplay chart single, Alex Krawczyk has emerged onto the folk music scene in 2022. Now, she is being recognized for her achievements with a nomination for Best New/Emerging Artist at the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The awards will be held during The CFMA 2023 Awards Weekend, March 31 – April 2, 2023, in Vancouver, B.C.
Established by Canada’s vibrant and internationally recognized folk music community, the awards currently boasts 19 categories. Nominees are chosen for each category through a two-stage jury process. More than 100 jurors, located across Canada, representing all official provinces, territories, and languages, determine the official recipients in each category.
News of her nomination comes as Alex prepares to release the 3rd single from her album. “Turning” follows the #1 US airplay hit, “There Will be Light” and the Top 10, “Better Days.”
Alex says, “Turning’ is a song written to encourage us to find beauty and meaning despite the challenges we are faced with, and to appreciate the simple moments in life. Thank you for listening! With love, Alex.”
When she’s not working on her music, Alex devotes much of her time to working with charitable initiatives in her community. Preferring to stay out of the limelight, she continues to write and record new music, continuing to share her journey of hope and healing through song. More details about Alex Krawczyk and her new single can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/alexkrawczykofficial.
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