Amare Symoné • Hello Heathrow EP
“I was only seventeen when I had to face a reality . . . we grew apart.”
Hello Heathrow, EP is the latest project from Cali-born, Brooklyn-bred, and Chicago based singer-songwriter Amare Symoné. It’s a final love letter to the two cities that have shaped her career thus far, and a greeting to London, her next destination.
Three years ago, after relocating to the Windy City, the jazz-inspired, Neo-Soul vocalist released her debut EP, GlassWindows, on These Days. In the artist’s own words, the concept of GlassWindows was “to rediscover and acknowledge [her] own vulnerability in a world that tries to dehumanize [her].” The then 18-year-old spoke on everything from sexism and queerphobia to her own struggle with self-esteem in a country that tells Black women they are “Not Enough.”
The four track Hello Heathrow is similarly introspective with a focus on the literal, geographic, journey of Symoné’s career. It begins in NYC with “Goodbye Brooklyn,” an ode to her first love, “couldn’t get you out of my head . . . even when I ran from you, thought about you everyday.”
The next stop is “Farewell Chicago,” a song about unrequited love. Despite three years of powerful, artistically vulnerable music, Symoné is still wondering if Chicago will ever love her back. Local emcee Musa Reems, the only feature on Hello Heathrow, provides the song’s second verse. In 2017, the pair formed the Neo-Soul hip hop group known as theinjuredparty and remain frequent collaborators.
But for now, it’s farewell Chicago, Hello Heathrow. Amare Symoné is saying “goodbye” to all the cities she’s loved before.