Ria Mae -- “Thoughts on Fire (Feat. Classified)” (Sony): This track is the fourth single off Ria Mae’s eponymous debut album, one that has rocketed the East Coast singer/songwriter to stardom. Breakthrough single “Clothes Off” has over 2.2 million views on YouTube and is certified Platinum in Canada (it was a Juno nominee for Single of the Year).
Subsequent singles proved this was no fluke, and “Thoughts On Fire” is another winner, thanks to her emotionally expressive vocals and a nice contribution from fellow Maritime star Classified, who co-wrote and produced the track.
“[I am] so proud to be featured on this song with Ria,” explains Classified in a label press release. “I had a great time producing this whole album and we talked about me rapping on one of the songs and finding the right song. When I heard ‘Thoughts on Fire,’ I knew this was the one I wanted to rhyme on… the song is very personal and something I can relate to."
Ria recalls writing “Thoughts On Fire” the day she signed with Sony Music Entertainment Canada. “Despite being told ‘no’ for over a year, I just never stopped believing,” she says. “I didn't register the rejection until that day. It's a happy song that I wrote while ugly crying.”
The MuchFACT-funded video was directed by Adrian Vieni.
Ria Mae soon heads off on a European tour supporting Tegan and Sara. It runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 19.