AboutMark Clennon

Jamaican-born, Toronto based singer Mark Clennon is back with Passion, the follow-up to his debut EP When the Smoke Clears and first release for Bonsound records. His first single, Part of Your World, shows the artist at his most sincere, addressing some of his deepest concerns – emotional disappointment, lack of societal acceptance, and whether destiny will work in his favour, to the beat of high energy R&B, Caribbean funk, Dancehall vibes and modern Soul-Pop.

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It is with great enthusiasm that we've announced the signature of future soul artist Mark Clennon to our record label. The Toronto-based musician just unveiled Part of Your World, the first single off PASSION, his sophomore EP to be released on September 6, 2019. This new EP follows When The Smoke Clears (2016). To write this very personal song, Clennon drew inspiration from a period in his life when he felt like an outsider. The lyrics address interracial relationships and the challenges of fitting into a culture that is foreign to you, into a space that is a little inhospitable.

Bonsound announces with great enthusiasm the signature of future soul artist Mark Clennon to their record label. Today the Toronto-based musician unveils Part of Your World, the first single off PASSION, his sophomore EP to be released on September 6, 2019. This new EP follows When The Smoke Clears (2016). To write this very personal song, Clennon drew inspiration from a period in his life when he felt like an outsider. The lyrics address interracial relationships and the challenges of fitting into a culture that is foreign to you, into a space that is a little inhospitable.

Inspired by Pop Up Video, a cult TV show from the late ‘90s, the Part of Your World music video was produced and co-directed by the artist, which he considers to be a huge accomplishment. With much determination and after months of hard work, Clennon travelled to Jamaica to shoot the video on the tiny island of Maiden Cay. I chose to shoot on the Cay as a symbolism of the isolation I felt in that time in my life when I wrote this song, he explains.

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About Mark Clennon
Toronto-based artist Mark Clennon makes future soul music that manages to sound both grandiose and humble at the same time, all while touching base on a variety of different genres. The crooner delivers honest, touching lyrics with a powerful voice over sweeping tracks. The result: music with outsized emotional resonance and captivating soul. Clennon’s lyricism and versatile beats mesh symbiotically with one another, empowering his overall sound while edging audiences seductively towards climax.

Clennon’s creative process is less about drawing in influences and more so about chiselling them into something unique. Born in Jamaica to a musical family, Clennon’s father was a Trenchtown-bred saxophone player while his brother became a successful dancehall producer. Participation in Jamaican Pantomimes while growing up inspired him to take a theatrical approach to his music, reflected today in his attention to aesthetics, erratic dance moves and his compelling stage presence.

Passion is Clennon’s sophomore follow-up to his debut EP When the Smoke Clears. The project was produced entirely by production duo Rainer + Grimm, known most commonly for their work with fellow Torontonian The Weeknd on Wicked Games and Drake’s Shot For Me. The 4-track extended play showcases the artist at his most sincere, addressing some of his deepest concerns –emotional disappointment, lack of societal acceptance, and whether destiny will work in his favour, among other daunting thoughts. While Clennon lets his lyricism do a lot of the talking on Passion, it is the music behind the voice that evokes feeling in listeners. As others may rely on machismo and boasting to heighten their music, Clennon flips the script and allows his own vulnerability to become his strongest pillar.

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