Werner Bekker, arguably one of SA’s greatest rising folk pop artists, delivers his most upbeat single to date with the release of “It’s You” across all digital platforms today. Bekker brings warmth and self-love to his sound with the release of this sweet love song.
Werner Bekker explains “It’s You”
“The song is about respecting and loving your partner completely. I wrote this song as my parents went through a divorce a couple of years back. It struck me that both of them just needed to hear that they were loved just the way they are. I think the song also addresses the issue of over-sexualised pictures in media and how we feel we need to live up to those examples. The point I want to impress here is that every person is beautiful in the body that they have and should embrace their unique looks and personality.”
The national lockdown has made it nearly impossible for Werner to go into a studio, so he tracked and produce a lot of music at my home. That being said, for “It’s You” he did the initial production himself and then sent the song onto Brent Quinton, Brian O’Shea and Mike Zietsman (from PHFAT) for some extra touches and mixing.
Werner is proud of his new single
“I am so honored to have these legends working with me. I feel like they have really pushed the recordings to the next level. I hope this song can really ease people into what is set to be an unsure summer. These days we are stuck behind screens even more than in recent years and it’s easy to be too hard on yourself. Give yourself a break and know that you are loved for who you are. Nothing more nothing less.”
More info about Werner Bekker
Werner Bekker is a full time musician with over eight year’s experience in songwriting, composition, performance and teaching music. Growing up with creative parents, Werner joined his father on the road at an early age – music was ingrained into his existence. He went on to study music at the Campus of Performing Arts and has since written music for various artists, as well as for film.
Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Ben Howard, Werner is known for his unique storytelling through acoustic-driven folk pop.
In 2015, he independently recorded and released his debut EP Lalaith, followed by A Northern Summer in 2017. That same year, his internationally acclaimed single ‘Run’ was selected to be part of the BalconyTV Compilation CD. Werner has shared a stage with major South African acts, including Shortstraw, Man as Machine, The Parlotones, Desmond and the Tutus, Rubber Duc and many more.
In February 2018, he released his first professionally recorded single ‘Alive Again’, to critical acclaim. This was followed by ‘I’m With You’ in June, garnering the attention of industry heavyweights and securing him prime spots on major festival line-ups, such as Splashy Fen, Mieliepop, Lush Festival, Oppikoppi, White Mountain Festival and Smoking Dragon Festival.
In 2019, Werner achieved a major breakthrough when he released his single ‘Open Spoken’, which reached #2 on the Jacaranda SA Top 20. This was followed by his long-awaited professionally recorded EP ‘Parts of a Broken Man’, which finally capturing the distinct sound the songwriter has so longed to achieve.
“It’s You” is out now across all digital platforms. Stream / download it HERE.
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