Historically there has been a lack of female solidarity in the music industry. So often female singers are pitted against others – it’s all competition.

But there’s now a movement in the right direction, bringing talented female musicians together, and one such artist backing this is Raye, who has recently teamed up with Mabel and Stefflon Don for her single Cigarette.

‘It’s so important there’s a big female presence and it’s something that’s been neglected for a very long time,’ she said in an exclusive chat with ‘We’re all pitted against each other, you wouldn’t even imagine how far things have come in the last two or three years alone.’

Finally though we’re making some headway, while yes the charts are a competition in themselves, women in music can still support each other by working together and not against.


‘Even Charli XCX has been leading a wave, encouraging girls to be friends with each other,’ she said. ‘We’re made out to be competition because we’re slightly similar or your music is the same genre. I think it’s exciting that girls are starting to see through it all.’

Girl power is well and truly back!

One way to encourage this on a basic level is collaborations, so fans can actually see female artists working together.

Raye added: ‘I feel like females don’t collaborate enough and Cigarette is really special for that. And Mabel and Steff are just killing it in their own right so it’s really great so it’s really exciting to have it all on one song.’

Her sense of female empowerment doesn’t stop with that one song. Raye has big plans to make solidarity a theme of her music, and she’s just signed up to support Rita Ora on tour later this spring in another show of girl power.

‘I started writing for her then they reached out and asked if I’d like to join the Rita camp,’ she said of how they met. ‘So I was writing songs for her and we ended up meeting and getting along and got in the studio a couple of times, went out together, and I went to her stylist’s launch and we ended up having the craziest night, loads of food and party it was a really good night. We text each other memes. It’s going to be a party on tour.’

She’s not joking, they’ve already planned out the whole thing.

‘Rita was like “I’m taking a trainer and we’ll train four days a week then we’ll party one day a week and chill out for two days”, she’s planned it all out alright.’

All Eyes On: Singer Raye is part of the new wave of girl power

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What’s even more exciting is that Raye has been working on a mixtape full of collaborations with other strong female artists, because working together not against each other is what she’s all about.


‘I’ve been working on a collaboration mixtape,’ she said. ‘I’m working on getting all the people I love from the UK to come and chat to me and stuff. You’ll start to see a theme, I’m having lots of features on my songs.’

She’s holding out hope for Alicia Keys.

Raye started writing songs around the age of eight, having been encouraged by her dad who used to be in a band, and she later began singing in a church. She started writing poems, then combined them with playing the piano to create songs.

‘I was looking at my year six yearbook and I wrote in it ‘I want to be a recording artist’’ she said. And at 20, she’s made it that far. But still humble, ‘I don’t feel like I’ve made it yet, I’ve got so much left to achieve!’

Now though she’s starting to get the recognition she’s been working towards, with Cigarette already having garnered 5million streams on Spotify.

‘It’s hard [when a song doesn’t perform well],’ she revealed. ‘I’m sitting on 100s of songs, I’ve been writing for years. It’ll be ‘here are four different songs, which one do we go for?’ Then you choose a song and it doesn’t work you’re like ‘should I have chosen his?’ You have to believe everything happens for a reason.’

Cigarette is out now.

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