Video: SonReal – “My Friend” ft. Babyface (Acoustic)

The Popular Vancouver-Based Rapper Sits Down for an Intimate Acoustic Session with the Legendary Producer, Premiered by PAPER Mag

12.8.2017

 Critical Praise for SonReal:

“SonReal’s One Long Dream Is Pop-Rap at Its Finest” – Highsnobiety

“It’s about time you got familiar with the Vancouver rapper who is on his way to becoming one of the biggest rap exports from Canada.” – Noisey

“SonReal’s unique, developed flow allows him to lay out his style of everyman rap successfully.” – The Source

The Video:

A reliable purveyor of soulful, hooky, and heartfelt music, SonReal connects with his listeners on a deep emotional level. Vancouver’s SonReal connected with the legendary producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Charlie Handsome (Kanye West, Post Malone) for “My Friend,” which Zane Lowe described as “A piece of music that had to be made…it’s one of those songs that become things that you add to your playlist or collection and stay with you for the rest of your life.” Premiered by PAPER Magazine, SonReal shares a new acoustic video featuring SonReal and Babyface performing a stripped down arrangement of the song, with Babyface on guitar. An intimate and moving performance, the video showcases the chemistry between the singer and producer and shines a spotlight on SonReal’s considerable vocal talent. My Friend” is the follow up single to the journeyman’s debut album, One Long Dream, which was executive produced by Rahki and features production from DJ Khalil.

Born in a small town in rural British Columbia, SonReal is one of the most acclaimed and popular rising stars in Canada, earning six Juno Awards nominations and ten nominations, garnering a win at the MuchMusic Video Awards, and performing in front of 10 million viewers at the opening ceremony for the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup, one of Canada’s biggest sporting events, alongside Shania Twain. Known for his creative and often goofily humorous music videos, such as the post-apocalyptic slapstick of his recent  “Repo Man,” SonReal recently released One Long Dream, his debut album. An infectious and inspiring record with Indian-American singer-songwriter Sid Sriram as the only guest artist, One Long Dream showcases SonReal’s facility with melody, his relatable charisma, and his sense of humor. Premiered by Highsnobiety, the album features singles and highlights such as the hit single “Can I Get A Witness?,” which has over 10 million streams on Spotify and 6 million views on YouTube, “Potential,” a moving power ballad with a China-set video, and the uplifting “Problems,” with over 1 million streams on Spotify and a place on Spotify’s Pop All Day playlist. SonReal is currently finishing the first leg of his One Long Dream tour, recently hitting Mercury Lounge in New York City, as well as shows in Washington, Atlanta, before reaching its grand finale tonight in Phoenix. SonReal recently announced the second leg of the One Long Dream tour, making additional stops in the US and Canada.

Watch “My Friend” (Acoustic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycj1O5xCEMU

Watch “My Friend” (Official Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6GEyAQqRhk

Listen to “My Friend”:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5HAhyLlmDElrKB3CeURRrI
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-friend-single/id1295975218
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sonreal/my-friend
Linkfire: https://umc.lnk.to/MyFriend

Check out the PAPER premiere: http://www.papermag.com/babyface-sonreal-my-friend-acoustic-2515933233.html

Buy One Long Dreamhttps://umc.lnk.to/OneLongDream

Buy tickets to the One Long Dream Tour: http://iamsonreal.com/shows/

Tour Dates:
December 8 – The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
February 17 – Capital Ballroom, Victoria, BC
February 21 – CJ’s Nightclub, Kamloops, BC
February 22 – Commonwealth, Calgary, AB
February 23 – Starlite, Edmonton, AB
February 24 – Louis, Saskatoon, SK
February 25 – Garrick Centre, Winnipeg, MB
February 27 – The Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
February 28 – Firebird, St. Louis, MO
March 1 – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
March 2 – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
March 6 – Trocadero Balcony, Philadelphia, PA
March 7 – Cat’s Cradle (Backroom), Carrboro, NC
March 8 – Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
March 10 – The Social, Orlando, FL
March 11 – Crowbar, Tampa, FL
March 14 – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues, Dallas, TX
March 21 – Voodoo Room, San Diego, CA
March 22 – The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles, CA
March 23 – Swedish American Hall, San Francisco, CA

Please contact Michelle or Dharmic for more info.

The Background:

About SonReal:

Born in the small town of Vernon, British Columbia, SonReal is poised to be the next great Canadian export. A YouTube sensation, SonReal’s first video boasted the best talent show sequence since Napoleon Dynamite and racked up over a million plays in the first month. His next mixtape, the Juno-nominated For The Town, continued the visual tradition, including some of the most creative music videos on the web in “Preach,” “For The Town,” and “Woah Nilly.” After completing an American tour and signing to a major label, SonReal began to work on his debut album, One Long Dream. The first single of the project “Can I Get A Witness” was an instant success, achieving platinum status and entering the Top 15 in Canadian pop radio. SonReal immediately jumped onto Jon Bellion’s sold out Human Condition tour, and then headlined his own No Warm Up Tour. Already a 6-time Juno Award nominee and 10-time MMVA nominee, as well as a MMVA winner for Best Music Video of The Year, for “Everywhere We Go,” SonReal is primed for takeover in both Canada and the US.

About Black Box Music:

Black Box Music is a record label, artist management and music publishing company based in Toronto, Canada. Their eclectic roster/discography includes the likes of SonReal, Classified, Shad, Clairmont The Second, Blaq Tuxedo, The OBGMs, The Glorious Sons, songwriter Lisa Scinta and more. www.weareblackbox.com


Links:

twitter | instagram | soundcloud | facebook | website

“My Friend”: https://open.spotify.com/track/5HAhyLlmDElrKB3CeURRrI // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6GEyAQqRhk // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycj1O5xCEMU

“Repo Man”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14eU6OU15b0

“The Open Letter”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ0ZpOXLK0s

One Long Dreamhttps://umc.lnk.to/OneLongDream

One Long Dream Tour: http://iamsonreal.com/shows/

“Who Care”: https://open.spotify.com/track/350gAlFU8BAsWIGBN3GQPv | https://soundcloud.com/sonreal/who-care-official

“Problems”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwJDJcr7FjM | https://soundcloud.com/sonreal/problems | https://itun.es/us/mTgvkb?i=1247046490 | https://open.spotify.com/track/5h2TALUWTh66rr4bKueusj

“Supersize”: https://soundcloud.com/sonreal/supersize-1 | https://itun.es/us/uifvkb?i=1247040026 | https://open.spotify.com/track/1WcHUJ9Q2uURBpvsKVJJgj

“Potential”: https://youtu.be/u7iQ-DuiOUs // https://umc.lnk.to/Potential

“Can I Get a Witness”: https://youtu.be/pyXhsTTD0Tk

“Everywhere We Go”: https://youtu.be/UNVtM9P-yLM

Bio, photos, and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/sonreal/