After wowing the crowd at the Tune In Tel Aviv festival last November, Israeli-born Tamir (né Grinberg) is bringing his raspy-voiced take on R&B/pop stateside. Out today (Oct. 20) is InWaters, the debut EP from the 22-year-old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist.
Comprised of four tracks — “Go Crazy,” “Let Us Fly,” “All of Your Love” and “Choking”–InWaters was inspired by a tumultuous period in Tamir’s life encompassing his parents’ breakup and his first real love. “It’s a really personal picture of the last two years of my life at home in Tel Aviv,” says Tamir. “It reflects what I was experiencing then; the first time I felt like I’m not a kid anymore. It’s about letting go, moving on, growing up and facing yourself.”
In addition to Billboard.com streaming InWaters in full now, Live Nation’s “Ones to Watch” platform is premiering a video of another original Tamir track today, “I Was Made to Love Her.” The video was culled from the artist’s recent live session performed on the company’s rooftop in Los Angeles.
Watch the video here:
The release of InWaters is just one step in a whirlwind of career-building moves that Tamir has taken since leaving Tel Aviv (“a sort of musical bubble,” he says) and relocating to Los Angeles (“the center of where it’s all at”). The first step was signing with Kevin Morrow and Steel Wool Entertainment, home to Anderson .Paak, Watsky and Elijah Blake. Next came a touring development deal with Live Nation, signing with Tom Windish at Paradigm Talent Agency and inking a distribution pact with AWAL/Kobalt Music Group.
“Tamir is just starting—but the talent, mindset and work ethic are there,” says manager and Steel Wool CEO Morrow. “His voice is so drenched in soul music, it’s just stunning to see a 22-year-old sing and connect to music like he’s able to.”
Currently at work on his first full-length studio album, Tamir is collaborating with J.R. Rotem (Rihanna, Jason Derulo) and Sam Barsh (Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak). But don’t expect any of the InWaters tracks to appear on the new album. “I’m constantly evolving,” says Tamir. “I want to combine both the music I grew up on — blues, jazz, Motown and soul — and my voice with the contemporary music that I love, people like Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar.”
InWaters is available now.