In October 2018, Walker released Last Day of Summer on LVRN/Interscope, and in January delivered the EP Clear, recorded live in an Atlanta treehouse she found on Airbnb. “It was one of those famous Airbnbs,” Walker says. “But it was cold as fuck. And I got sick, you can even hear me sniffling on some of the songs.”
With each new release, Walker has gained a new confidence in her lyrics, but it was the airy R&B late-night jam “Girls Need Love” -- Last Day of Summer’s lead single -- that showcased the singer-songwriter’s increasingly unrestrained lyricism (“I just need some dick, I just need some love”) and ultimately introduced her to the mainstream. “Girls Need Love” caught the attention of Drake, who heard the song at a bowling alley earlier this year, and DM’ed Walker, saying he was a big fan. “So,” she says, “I asked him if he would get on it -- and he did.”
Walker says the success of the single, and the response she got from releasing Last Day of Summer, helped her form a strong bond with her fans. “I really see how we all really be going through some of the same shit,” she explains. “Like, I didn’t know my music was so relatable until after the project dropped.”
In July, Walker signed a global publishing administration deal with Warner Chappell Music, and she says that roughly 80 percent of Over It -- which she considers her debut album -- was produced by her boyfriend, London on da Track (Drake, French Montana, Post Malone). Following Drake’s co-sign, Walker has recruited a ton of A-list talent across the album’s 18 tracks, including Bryson Tiller, Usher, 6lack, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jhené Aiko and A Boogie wit da Hoodie.
Following the release of the album, the self-proclaimed introvert will embark on her First and Last Tour, which kicks off in the U.S. on Oct. 26. Baiden says that LVRN is currently “figuring out a proper tour strategy that pushes what is expected of new artists but still making [Walker] comfortable to create and stay inspired.”
For Walker, who’s much more comfortable singing in a studio than onstage, touring will be the next mountain she has to climb professionally. “Performing gives me so much anxiety,” Walker says, adding that she travels with a stuffed animal named Friend. “I would be more at peace if I could just record music and slide it under the door.”