- Words Notion Staff
- Photography Kiran Gidda
- Styling Rhiannon Isabel
Get to know Mnelia, the R&B singer-songwriter whose smooth vocals and catchy melodic hooks are positioning her as a star on the rise.
Breaking through the constant churn of new music is Mnelia. The rising artist’s nostalgic, 90s R&B is a welcome oasis in the current music landscape, much of which is inflected with the same sounds. But the North Londoner’s irresistible tunes are pinning her as the next queen of the UK R&B scene.
Sharing her latest single, “Senseless”, takes Mnelia’s R&B vibe and blends it with a pop appeal. It’s hard not to get hooked as she sings about losing her senses when she’s near her lover. “I’m not the type of girl to forget how to act/ But boy you got me losing all of my senses”, she sings coyly. It’s a seductive, bubbly number that further cements Mnelia as one to watch this year.
“Senseless” is Mnelia’s first single after her debut EP, ‘After 6’, dropped last year. But it was “Say Yeah” that acted as the launchpad for Mnelia. With candyfloss vocals that could make Ariana Grande jealous, it’s a crime that we haven’t been able to get down to the Y2K tune in the club.
Notion caught up with Mnelia to chat about her new single and its accompanying music video, dream collabs, showing people what she’s capable of and much more.
Firstly, congrats on your new single “Senseless”! It’s such a bop. How long had it been in the works before release?
The music video is also such a vibe. Where did the idea for the concept come from, and what was it like filming it?
How has the past year been for you creatively?
You had a breakthrough with your song “Say Yeah”, which came out last year. Looking back, did you expect the song to be so successful?
Last year you also dropped the EP ‘After 6’. Can you talk us through the themes and inspirations for the record?
If you could collab with any artist – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
Where do you find the greatest forms of validation?
If you could rewind to one moment in your life, what would it be?
Hearing my son laugh for the first time! That was a crazy moment and I couldn’t believe it. It instantly became my favourite sound in the world. And also Merky Fest. Being in a place where music, sun and enjoying with my friends was the only concern was a good time.
What would your advice be for artists starting out?
What can we expect next from Mnelia?