Australian singer-songwriter Quinn Lewis gets bogged down in love on the new single “Hanging On,” his first release after signing with Arista Records — announced exclusively today (Jan. 18) on Billboard.
In a video directed by Nick Leopold, Lewis faces the physical manifestation of the song’s sinking relationship, as his seedy motel room is enveloped by a hazy swamp. Lewis commands the surreal setting with a captivating aura and impassioned delivery, but he raises the bar by imbuing his soulful, inviting nature into the heavier subject matter.
“‘Hanging On’ is about a girl who I knew wasn’t into the relationship, but who kept pulling me back in,” Lewis tells Billboard. “When I shot this video, I felt all of the same emotions that I needed to get out in the song, and what I felt during the relationship it’s inspired by.”
He expands on his general philosophy that is present on “Hanging On,” saying, “One of the things I’d like to get across with my music is that however you’re feeling and whatever you’re going through, it’s all okay… I’d love for people to walk away knowing that you can be confident in your sadness, or confident in feeling like you’re out of place.”
As a larger artistic statement, it encapsulates Lewis’ versatility as he stretches the richly textured electronic production to the far corners of pop, R&B, soul and rock. With a confidence and vulnerability that welcomes listeners to look inward while appreciating the joys around them, Lewis proves his voice is one to follow.
The 22-year old Brisbane native, who has called Nashville home for the past four years, is still coming to terms with the latest sea change in his nascent music career. Following the one-off single “Weekend Luv” and the R3HAB-collaboration “How You’ve Been” in 2018, Lewis inked a deal with Arista Records in partnership with Small Giant Records to kick off the new year.
“We are very happy to welcome Quinn Lewis to Arista Records and to be working alongside Small Giant on this incredibly talented up-and-coming artist,” Arista Records president and CEO David Massey tells Billboard.
Small Giant Records president Ben Singer adds, “We’re thrilled to partner with such a talented team at Arista, led by the incomparable David Massey. He’s built a team around himself that shares the same ideal of artists-first which happens to be the same ideals at Small Giant.”
Though Lewis admits the experience has “felt completely natural,” due to his incremental progress over the last few years, he can’t help but admit that “after meeting with [Massey], I looked at Ben [Singer] and said ‘Did that really just happen?’”
“I feel so lucky,” he says.
Check out the video for “Hanging On” exclusively on Billboard below.