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Young LA Native Angela Muñoz Releases Her Highly Anticipated Debut

Every once in a while, a young female virtuoso enters the ring that gives the industry pause and captivates audiences with a sound and style far beyond her years. Norah Jones was 21 when her first EP debuted, featuring soon-to-be classics like “Come Away With Me” and “Don’t Know Why.” Fiona Apple was 19 when she released Tidal, which has since sold over 3MM copies in the U.S. Even though it was released when she was 20, Alicia Keys recorded the tracks for Songs in A Minor when she was only 17.

Enter 18-year-old LA native Angela Muñoz, a singer/songwriter whose influences range from Erykah Badu to Nirvana, and who credits Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” as the song that sparked her desire to become a star.

Her debut album, Introspection, is produced by multi-instrumentalist and Linear Labs label head Adrian Younge, whose project with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, The Midnight Hour, is one of the most exciting soul music projects of the past decade. On Introspection, Muñoz flips from the jazzy, head-nodding rhythm of “Feel The Same” to the spoken word vibes of the revealing closing track, “So Young.” With every passing gem, you can feel the weight of her words hit deeper and deeper, channeling the vibes of a more soulful Diane Schuur. With a dream team of collaborators in her corner, Muñoz is sure to continue her upward trajectory.

To watch videos for “In My Mind,” “I Don’t Care,” and a performance of “Bitches Do Voodoo” with The Midnight Hour via NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts, click here. You can also stream Introspection in its entirety, along with instrumental versions of each track, via Spotify.

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