If Halsey’s unique blend of pop and R&B is your thing, then you may want to check out the latest single from new and upcoming singer-songwriter M. Maggie. Her latest single “Faded Ripped Jeans” is an ode to that relationship we’ve all been in a little too long — just like an old pair of jeans that should’ve been thrown out ages ago. 

A New Orleans native but a current L.A. resident, M. Maggie began singing and performing at an early age but has recently appeared at venues around Los Angeles including The Peppermint Club and Soho House. “Faded Ripped Jeans” is the second single from M. Maggie’s upcoming Love, Sex, M. album, set to release later this year.

Speaking about her inspiration for the song, M. Maggie said, “I had a friend with this pair of jeans that was torn up and falling apart, but he wouldn’t stop wearing them. It got to the point where his ass was showing, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I was going through long-distance limbo in a relationship…The words and melody fell out of me so simply in less than 30 minutes.”

Although Halsey would be a current top 40 artist most comparable to M. Maggie, “Faded Ripped Jeans” has a nostalgic feel to it that makes it sound like it could have topped the charts in the R&B-driven ’90s. M. describes her music as “Pop-R&B,” but “Faded Ripped Jeans” is definitely more R&B heavy. It’s reminiscent of hits by ’90s R&B artists such as Monica, Brandy or Mary J. Blige, at least more so than the pop-infused R&B of Ariana Grande or even Mariah Carey. M. Maggie certainly has soul for a white girl, probably thanks in part to her New Orleans ties. Uplifting keys and powerful but subtle vocals set the tone of “Faded Ripped Jeans” and definitely show that M. Maggie has a pretty strong sense of the artist she is and wants to be.

Produced by M. Maggie and Artist Incorporated (Ejay Randolph, CWB, Tie Hixon, J. Graves), “Faded Ripped Jeans” is by no means a club banger or hype song, but rather an introspective soother to help listeners contemplate the complications of their relationships — or the complications of their old jeans. “Faded Ripped” is now available for purchase or streaming on digital music platforms worldwide, as well as on YouTube

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