Toronto, ON-based R&B singer-songwriter Meagan De Lima has unveiled her new single, “Queen”, a special homage to her mother who is nothing short of a modern-day heroine.
Here, the young artist tells us exactly why:
“I love my mom. I made this song to shine a light on her heart, and the ferocity and resiliency that makes her march to the beat of her own drum. My mom not only inspires me as a passionate mother of three and a South Asian immigrant to Canada but also because of the mountains she’s climbed later in life, too. She is a breast cancer survivor, played a support role to my father when he was diagnosed a year later, and so much more. I am grateful to have had her to look up to not only as a mom but as a best friend and role model to lean on when times got tough. I want to dedicate this song not only to her but to the dynamic and fierce people we all have in our lives that inspire us and show us what genuine love and strength are made of.”
Alongside her producer Mark Pelli, Meagan delivers a sumptuous sound that blends contemporary R&B with acoustic soul that is warm, earthy, and lush.
Ultimately, this is a song that celebrates the legacy of mothers and their infinite amount of love, strength, and resilience. It honours the queens that shaped us into who we are today.
Listen to “Queen” below, and find out more about Meagan via our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Meagan De Lima and I am an r&b/soul singer-songwriter from Toronto. I love writing songs that come from my heart and I aim to release music that connects with people on a deeper level so that they can feel seen and heard.
Tell us a bit about your most recent release.
My single “Queen” was written about my mom. Growing up, she has always been my best friend, my role model, and my rock. I wanted the song to showcase everything she is and why I love her. This song isn’t just dedicated to mothers, but it is for anyone who inspires us to be the person we are today.
When it comes to the global pandemic, how are you keeping yourself out in the public eye while not being able to perform?
It’s definitely been hard – I don’t want to sugar coat it. I’ve been trying to connect with my community over the past two years through social media, phone, and video (anything digitally I guess). I am very excited about live performances where you can feel everyone’s energy in the same room – there is something truly beautiful and incomparable about that experience.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so if you were able to work with ONE fellow Canadian artist, alive or dead, who would you choose?
I would choose to work with Justin Nozuka. I think our sounds would mesh well together. His music always comes across really natural and vulnerable, and I strive to do that with my own sound. Hearing artists like him do that so effortlessly always inspires me.
What’s your goal for 2022?
My goal for 2022 is to show up honestly – as a person and with my music. I am going to keep working to do that for myself, and I hope by doing that, my listeners can feel safe to show up authentically as themselves too.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.