RISING STAR ANT SAUNDERS RELEASES VERSION OF YELLOW HEARTS FEATURING AUDREY MIKA
WATCH YELLOW HEARTS HERE
FOLLOWS MASSIVE SUCCESS OF ORIGINAL TRACK LANDING ON BILLBOARD HOT 100
GAINS OVER 200 MILLION STREAMS
SUPPORT FROM NPR, IDOLATOR, ONES TO WATCH
Toronto, ON – February 12, 2020 – 19-year-old, Ant Saunders, taps fellow artist-on-the-rise, Audrey Mika, for an infectious new version of Ant’s smash hit, Yellow Hearts, via Arista Records. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the track is further highlighted by Ant and Audrey’s stellar vocal abilities and undeniable chemistry, as seen in both the official and acoustic videos. Watch the official video here and the acoustic video here.
Says Ant, “Audrey was such a fun person to be around and I really liked her vibe. We had similar views on a lot of things which made her an easy partner to work with.”
On the day of his high school graduation, Saunders released the laid-back R&B influenced pop track. A full DIY effort, he wrote, recorded and produced Yellow Hearts, designed the artwork using Microsoft Paint and used TikTok to ask friends to share the track. Soon, two million TikTok videos were created in response. Since, Yellow Hearts has become a viral sensation, with over 200 million streams and a position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Saunders’ disarmingly genuine performance on Yellow Hearts translates a universal human emotion through a simple, almost accidental metaphor. “A lot of people think it’s a love song, and it’s really not,’ says Saunders. “It’s about a girl who was interested at first, but over time I couldn’t tell anymore. Whenever I would give her a compliment, she’d respond with yellow hearts. I looked it up, and they stand for friendship but since not everybody goes by those meanings, the fact that I wasn’t sure became really stressful.”
Watch the original video for Yellow Hearts here.
ABOUT ANT SAUNDERS
Born in Germany, where his parents were stationed in the military, Saunders’ family eventually settled in the small town of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey after moving around when he was young. Singing since he can remember, Saunders learned to play guitar in middle school and began releasing original music at age 14 using Audacity and a USB mic. “My parents let me use our spare room for my recording setup,” says Saunders. “I eventually got a MIDI keyboard and a new mic that I used to record Yellow Hearts.” In high school, Saunders studied in the music department, sang in varsity choir, played in the band and performed in musicals. “If I couldn’t sing or make music, I don’t know what the hell I’d be doing,” says Saunders.
Influenced by R&B and hip-hop acts like Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, Tyler the Creator, as well as singer-songwriters like Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and John Mayer, Saunders’ sound combines lyrical storytelling, oozing, lullaby-like urban production and velvet vocal delivery to create a palpable mood. “I want to emphasize do it yourself,” he says. “I want to inspire the outcasts, the introverts and show them that they can do anything.”
Saunders will release new music in February 2020.
ABOUT AUDREY MIKA
Hailing from the Bay Area, 19 year-old Audrey Mika first rose to prominence as a YouTube sensation whose following has continued to grow with her unique covers of popular hits. She has amassed over 1 million YouTube subscribers who flock to check out her original material such as her two prior projects, 2018’s Are We There Yet and 2019’s Level Up, which she recorded entirely on GarageBand. She’s been called a “rising star” by Paper Magazine and her original music was praised by Ones To Watch who called it “incredible”. Audrey’s forthcoming EP titled 5 A.M. is due out next month, with a headlining tour starting February 24, in support.