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PREMIERE: Chris McClenney’s “What You Mean To Me” is the Love Child of the 2000s

Creative Direction in photo: Mafalda Millies
Styling in photo: Sofia Costima


So far, the Baltimore singer and producer Chris McClenney has been cooking up something special. He’s released two singles off of his upcoming Portrait in Two EP. Each inhabits its own groove and today’s new track is no different. His vulnerable and delicate voice pushes through all of the emotions he’s feeling as the old school R&B-inspired beat rides along.

“What You Mean To Me” is also giving listeners a taste of what the 2000s felt like, combining early Usher and Kenna. Then, just when you thought you had the song figured out, for the last minute and a half, Chris takes you straight underground to a small, unmarked jazz cafe with a delicate piano solo. At this point, this is the kind of stuff we look forward to from the Soulection affiliate.

Chris had this to say about the track to us via email:

“We’ve heard so many love songs that are about showing off, but ‘What You Mean to Me’ tells a different story. It’s about boldly facing your fears when initially opening up to the person you feel was made for you. Being confidently vulnerable even when you don’t know the outcome. ‘What You Mean to Me’ discusses romance through an introspective lens. It’s sonically relevant in today’s R&B, but thematically different.”

Portrait in Two will be written, performed, produced, arranged, and mixed by Chris.

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