Monday Moods: “Deep Dive”

Singer/songwriters take center stage in this week’s playlist.

The Golden State is known for its singer/songwriters, so it’s no surprise that our Stay Golden playlist is packed with up-and-coming troubadours who are paving their own path. LA’s Emily James will be releasing her Wanted You to Know, Pt. 1 EP next Friday, which features one of our favorite playlist additions, the soothing “that’d be alright.” Twenty-three-year-old Jensen McRae, lauded by radio icon Anne Litt as one of KCRW’s “Artists to Watch” in 2021, is a rising star we love and has been included in #YOUTUBEBLACK Voices Artist Class of 2021. We’re featuring her latest single, “Immune,” off her forthcoming LP. Also spinning in this week’s Mood is a live version of “Lucky” from pop songstress Njomza, Craig Strickland’s acoustic ballad “While We Wait For The Sun To Rise,” and 16-year-old phenom Willa Amai, whose “Ocean” has been making waves at MTV since its release earlier this month.

Emily James

“that’d be alright”


Jensen McRae




“Lucky” (Live)


Willa Amai



Craig Strickland

“While We Wait For The Sun To Rise”



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