We’ve all been there, looking for someone who’s just beyond our reach. Whether it’s your first celebrity crush or a friend of a friend, feelings of unrequited love never dull. Recently, Houston-born singer-songwriter Blessing wrote a track about those emotions. The song, titled “Boys like you,” lightens those intense emotions in a whirlwind of smooth R&B beats and smart, timely lyrics.
I’d love to hear you say I’m number one, but I’m just number one in the clubBlessing sings on the track.
“The story behind this song is that I keep falling in love with guys who are ‘out of touch,'” Blessing told American Songwriter. “Not for lack of self-confidence, but above all because they are always well-known people. I was mad for a guy I met on Instagram and couldn’t stop thinking about him. So the song came to me after I saw he had 2 million followers and I was like “you do that a lot”.
Blessing’s quick thinking and creative handling shows the depth of his songwriting abilities. And just starting out in the music industry at age 20, Blessing is quickly developing an irresistible sound. She went on to explain that her best writing happens when she’s alone in her room and her creative process is pretty intuitive from there. Inspiration simply stems from “[f]find something inside me that touches me in some way, grab my guitar and write about it,” Blessing says.
Overall, Blessing’s sound is both current and enduring. His unique take on love and life as a young adult who graduated from high school in a global pandemic is invaluable to today’s pop genres.
Listen to “Boys Like You” below and remember this advice from Blessing: “It doesn’t make you any less cool if the feeling isn’t reciprocated.”
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