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“This video is dedicated to survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

It is inspired by something that I experienced over a decade ago, and like all survivors; have never forgotten. For the record, it does not involve anyone I currently know. I have been surrounded by people who love and care for me for several years, but that was not always the case. I know it is all too common for girls and women to experience violence and rape at some point in their lives.

Just a few months ago I had a moment that I felt so low thinking about this, that I didn’t feel like I could continue another day. I called a rape crisis hotline and talked for over an hour about how I couldn’t forget and how I was angry I never said anything. It is astonishing to realize someone you love and trust can do this to you and make you feel like you are human garbage. The aftermath does not last just for that moment – the feelings can last a lifetime.

I had to make something about this, to express the difficulty I had in speaking out. I contacted my friend Elizabeth Wight about doing this story to her and Mike’s music from Pale Blue and she was excited about the idea.

Art is a great way to confront memories and break the isolation. If you are a survivor, it is important to remember you have nothing to be ashamed about and find those to support you. Speak out. I thank you for watching and thank my friends for working on this and coming out to help and donating their talents. I love you.”

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Currently the special guest of LÉON on his North America Tour, rising songwriter Jacob Banks unveils “Unholy Water,” the first single off his forthcoming EP Unholy War. This is soul music at its glorious finest, with Banks clearly pouring his heart into what might be his best work to date. Want it? Spotify has got you covered.

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My obsession with dance/pop music has now come in full swing and I can’t seem to keep up with these amazing songs being sent my way. One of those is shining more than the others – Shaylen and Cory Enemy‘s Just a Little Bit” is one of those perfect feel good tunes that will make your Friday so much better.  Head to Spotify to get your copy.

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Swedish duo Exon Banks transforms the 50 Cent hit track “Candy Shop” into hazy, subdued electronic pop that dazzles the listener.

“‘Candy Shop’ is about asking for what you want without permission and expanding one’s perspective on femininity and gender,” they explain of the recording. “It’s about reclaiming the right to your own sexuality and transcending gender expectations. Most of all, it’s about being yourself and enjoying life.”