Today, R O N I has shared “Higher Ground,” the fourth and final video for her Crown EP. R O N I’s Crown EP is due out next Wednesday, September 9, 2020 via InchPerSecond Records.
Regarding the inspiration behind the single, R O N I stated: “‘Higher Ground’ is the final chapter of the 4 song EP ‘Crown’. The song was created from a ‘free-style’ session I did with my guitar, playing the same 2 chords over and over. The song was inspired by a 42 states road trip I did around the US, where I saw so many parts of this country and met so many people from all walks of life. This trip reminded me of how so many of us, no matter what our background is, where we are in our lives, and even what our political views are, are all interested in the same thing – live a fulfilled and joyous life, achieve our goals and be loved & love in return.
When I came up with it, I was feeling a sense of unification and shared fate, on a more universal level, rather than the normal ‘”my heartache, my love, my joy, my pain, etc.” That feeling of “we’re all in this together” filled me up with so much emotion and inspiration. I wanted to express this, also as a way to deal with my own experiences and emotions, to remind myself that I’m not the only one dealing with them, and through sharing and communicating with others about these experiences, we can all get to that Higher Ground we are striving to get to. “Higher Ground” is a song that carries peace energy and unification, and it is meant to bring people together wherever they are.”
R O N I, a guitarist, singer and a songwriter, was born and raised in Jerusalem. At the age of 20 she moved to New York City where she and her guitar became a mainstay in the Lower East Side music circuit, filling venues for nearly a decade. As she grew her audience, she toured the US and Europe with her music and performed in festivals like SXSW (Austin TX), CMJ (NYC), ‘Yearot Menashe’ (Israel) and ‘Hasifa’ in Jerusalem. Her sound has been described as beautifully unpredictable, unique, visionary and powerfully magnetic. As a musician and guitar player, she has been professionally trained in jazz, blues and rock from an early age. R O N I is the artist you’ve been dreaming about; the rare kind of dedicated artist who has put in years of hard work to refine her craft, with the talent and stage presence to put it all together into a fully realized package.
Crown showcases a melting pot of genres from Electro Pop to Future R&B. It consists of four moving and catchy songs that reveal R O N I’s connection to her fallen relationships in the past, and her hopes towards higher grounds. The EP was produced by FortyForty in Tel-Aviv, that with electronic beats and his synthesized touches managed to empower R O N I’s signature guitar and vocal phrasing throughout the album. The resulting sound is compositionally innovative and fresh off the boards. Crown gives you the sense of a crossover that is serving 2020 with a warm synth spoon. While many of her well-established guitar styles and influences peek through, the EP remains a nod to what’s current in music today. With this tasteful blending of style and genres, R O N I has positioned herself as a force to be reckoned with in today’s female lead guitarist movement and claims her place as an emerging voice.
R O N I takes cues from atmospheric R&B artists like FKA Twigs, Solange or Liv.e as well as adventurous indie singers like St. Vincent or Empress Of.