Fanni Mayer is a left-field pop singer/songwriter whose new single “FYILY” is about when you know it's gonna be bad for you, but you do it anyway. Out now via The Animal Farm, you can see our exclusive premiere of the video below.
A stormy soul with a voice to match, Fanni was born in Budapest, Hungary and, raised by a strong single mother, she grew up listening to Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand. Upon discovering Christina Aguilera and Pink she knew she’d found her calling.
Christina Aguilera’s Stripped and Pink’s Missundaztood allowed her to see how vulnerability, passion and being a woman in a "man’s world’’ could fuse into a pop record. "I was addicted to those singers and songs, I felt like I wasn't alone and I found it so brave and powerful to talk about things like domestic violence, sexuality, family issues, being misunderstood and feminism through pop music – I fell in love completely.”
Talented pop singer/songwriter. Her songs are soft and sensual, but with an underlying strength running through them. – MusicAddict
Fanni studied music for 3 years and, with her first band Signals to Noise, paid her dues trawling through the clubs and pubs of Budapest. Of her big influences at the time - Fiona Apple, Tracy Chapman, Sting, Lykke Li and Amy Winehouse - none became more important than Leonard Cohen’s poetry and the heartbreaking delivery in his performances.
Features on hip-hop/pop band Follow the Flow’s live performances in 2017-2018 brought her to the attention of Universal Hungary who released her debut single 'Horizon' in March of 2018. Its success earned her a spot at Hotsmusic Hungary’s Outbreakers Lab, a workshop for emerging European talent, where she connected with The Animal Farm and decided to come to London to record new music.
“The story of my recent singles started at HOTS (Hungarian Oncoming Tunes), a music business mentoring conference held in Hungary, where I met The Animal Farm, my producers and label, and we formulated the idea of me going to London to work with them. The biggest takeaway from the conference for me was that no matter where we come from, how successful we are, we all have struggles, ups and downs and we're in the same boat. In a world where social media gives you the "perfect" image of "perfect" lives it was refreshing to be open about what we're really going through.”
"These songs are so raw, much more outspoken and braver than I ever thought I could write. I feel like I found my voice in London and I’m so excited about it.’’
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