The award-winning singer and songwriter from Belgium known as Wendy Honestly has released her debut solo single, “Tattoo Tears.” The track has been published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. It is Honestly's most prominent and anxiously awaited single since her “Lady Masquerade” hit, which went gold in 2013. Sultry, shadowy, and bearing the best elements of soul-pop and modern electronica, “Tattoo Tears” showcases Wendy Honestly as one of Europe's best kept secrets.
Wendy Honestly cites as chief musical influences Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Paloma Faith, Selah Sue, Dido, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, and many other great singers known for their powerful sonic poetry. While Honestly's vocal performance on “Tattoo Tears” places her among vocalists of this high caliber, her musical accompaniment is also reminiscent of groups like Massive Attack, Portishead and Goldfrapp.
“Tattoo Tears” by Wendy Honestly is also being released with an accompanying official music video.
Music by Wendy Honestly first strikes the listener as music which draws one in and makes a colorful place in which to experience the moods, tones and emotions it evokes. If the music fan pays attention, however, it may be the intended meaning and suggested themes which eventually hit the hardest.
“I wanna inspire people to be real,” Wendy Honestly writes. “I hope people can relate to my lyrics. Art is never perfect but it's the perfect expression of how you feel.”
Honestly's stage name isn't just for show, either. It's a direct representation of her actual self.
“Writing lyrics comes naturally to me,” she says. “Most of the time it just happens like a hunch, when I cry or when I can't sleep.”
She goes on to describe “Tattoo Tears” as a song about perseverance, about “dealing with pain and growing stronger with every step we take. It is only by falling and failing that we can learn how to do it right next time.”
True to form, her new single is one which resonates with the earnest pains and obstacles of her own life.
“Letting go is a life lesson I had to learn,” writes Wendy Honestly. “Even though the men in my life have brought cracks into my heart, by recording this song, I have given myself the power of the eternal word! I can only hope true love does exist. What I did learn is that it starts by loving yourself, by excepting both your weaknesses and your strengths.”
But “Tattoo Tears” wasn't recorded for this reason alone, naturally. Wendy Honestly knows the importance of music and of musical inspiration, both as an artist and as a person.
She writes of this, “Other artists and their struggle to get there have also inspired me. People need hope. It is the fuel that keeps them going.”
Wendy Honestly received a golden record for her single with DJ David Latour, “Lady Masquerade.” The track charted for five months and hit n°10 after just three weeks. She has published many popular dance and rap songs, such as “Live Free” with DJ Mark With a K. She has performed live in London, Monaco and at her home base of Belgium.
“Tattoo Tears” by Wendy Honestly is available online worldwide. Get in early, soul-pop fans.
The following dedication comes directly from the artist, herself:
I wanna dedicate this song to all people who've had a great deal of suffering in their life, who've stayed strong on the outside, yet are broken on the inside. I wanna let them know they are not alone.
Just like I see this song as the closure of 15 years of drama and pain in my life, I want them to find the strength inside themselves, and let this song be an eye-opener. Only you have the power to set your own limits, to demand self-respect and gain self-confidence again! The key is inside you. Nobody else can live your life.
I have learned that without being at rock bottom, I would never have gotten the insight that the drama actually was a true blessing in disguise. I needed this journey to grow as a person. Without the struggle, you cannot appreciate the good things as much.
I have a mission in my life. It is to help and heal others with my words. Through my songs I am able to do this on a large scale. It would be beautiful to see if I could only let a few people discover the truth within themselves. If the past didn't happen, I would never have become a singer-songwriter! Therefore I feel blessed and thankful.
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“Tattoo Tears” by Wendy Honestly –
Music: Joes Brands, Danny Corten, Kaena Bervoets, Tom Cornelis, Wendy Honestly
Artwork cover: Erkan Karaca
Photographer: Dimitri Pruym
Recorded, produced, mixed & mastered @ Sputnik Studio (Joes Brands)