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We loved her debut EP, CDW. We also were left stunned by her feature on Daniel Caesar’s latest album and by her surprise appearance at his concert. Thank goodness Charlotte Day Wilson is back with a new single, “Doubt,” which brings a new wave of the body-swaying, finger-snapping soul vibes we got a glimpse of on CDW and Freudian.
“Doubt” is chill but powerfully moving with light hi-hats, sharp snares, and a minimal but poignant bassline. As with her previous work, the single was produced by the multi-talented singer herself. The song is deliciously slow and oozes soul. Wilson’s voice is soothing and entrancing, but at the same time passionate. She is able to clearly project the conflicting emotions she feels about love. “I may not always have/The comfort of you,” she sings, realization dawning upon her that love should not be taken for granted. While she battles how she has deserved her lover—questioning, “Oh, what have I done for your love?”—Wilson ultimately confronts the thing that holds us back from making us fully believe we’re deserving of love: doubt.
The 25-year-old singer, producer, and instrumentalist hails from Toronto, which has recently seen the rise of other R&B artist like dvsn, Daniel Caesar, and Majid Jordan. Her overall artistic goal is to create music that is intimate and accessible, stemming from a place of authenticity. Wilson was trained as a vocalist and saxophonist with roots in soul and folk, but she strives to break new ground as a self-taught producer and inspire female artists to be bold in their art. As the year draws to a close, we hope to continue to hear more from Wilson in 2018.
Stream “Doubt” below: