Puma June Releases Debut Song “Lost Years”
- Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shanti Abbott, aka Puma June released her debut song “Lost Years” on November 4, 2022.
The track was written by Shanti Abbott and produced by Greg Markov. The accompanying music video was directed by Nathan Hughes-Berry.
Before the release of the song, she joined in Markov's “Pieces” in 2019.
Shanti Abbott said, “This is my first release as a solo artist – before this, I had only ever released songs in collaboration with other artists. I have grown dramatically since deciding to pursue a solo career, finally finding my own voice.”
She wrote the song in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shanti Abbott said of the song, “'Lost Years' is a song about my moment of reflection and realization: feeling the weight of aging and losing time to pursue my dreams, but finding the motivation and strength to reach higher and create a future that I can be proud of. It's about reaching beyond the stifling nature of the conventional.”
She continued, “I wrote this song in early 2020, during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and my first year working as a registered nurse. When I started writing, I didn't consider the relevance of the pandemic and its parallels with my message. "Lost Years" is more relatable now than ever, inspired by the concept of being caught between where you are and where you want to be. It's never too late for them to create the life they want.”
- She said of her music, “Pursuing music has been a lifelong aspiration, but I have been fearful of sacrificing the stability that comes with a more traditional career path. Like many aspiring artists, I've spent my life being told to take the "safe" route and prioritize material comfort and surer avenues to 'success'. My style has developed from singer-songwriter folk to experimental chamber-pop, with a clear influence of R&B. I have become very intentional in the way I write and the subjects that I write about, with a particular focus on familial trauma, women's rights, and the weight of being an artist in a world that under-appreciates art.”
- source : Apple Music