Moroccan-Canadian singer and songwriter Faouzia releases her debut LP, Citizens, out today. The project, comprised of eight songs, arrives with a lone feature from John Legend. In the lead-up to the release, fans received a good taste of what to expect on the record through four promotional singles: “Don’t Tell Me I’m Pretty,” “Puppet,” “Minefields,” and “RIP, Love.”
Produced by Earwulf (Astrid S, Ava Max), Johnny Goldstein, The Monarch (Meek Mill, Ellise), and T.I Jakke among others, Citizens boasts songs that were released and recorded over the past several years. The John Legend-assisted “Minefields” was the first record released from the full-length effort, arriving in November of 2020. Meanwhile, “RIP, Love” is the most recent pre-release cut from the project.
“After years of waiting for this moment, I can finally share my first body of work with everyone who has been following this journey from the stars. CITIZENS has been a true labor of love; a collection of music that best represents the path we’ve taken on this journey together, and a taste of what lies ahead,” Faouzia shares in regards to the project. “Each of these songs holds a special place in my heart for a different reason, but hearing the meaning that they take on for others is what really makes this all exciting. I can’t wait to be back on stage later this year and sing these songs with all of you!”
New, never-heard-before songs such as “Thick and Thin” and “Anybody Else” serve as standout tracks. Alongside the project’s announcement, Faouzia will be joining GRAMMY Museum for a live, intimate performance and interview on May 23rd. “Whenever I envisioned my album, I saw something very grand and dramatic, and I always saw it based in this futuristic world that lives on its own. There’s a big glass city and it’s very sharp, fresh and kind of cold,” she told Fashion Magazine prior to the project coming out.
Elsewhere in music, Rina Sawayama celebrates a new era in her artistry with “This Hell.”