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Published on August 10th, 2018 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Wafia – I’m Good

Australian artist WAFIA is in the midst of her biggest year yet. The bold singer-songwriter of Iraqi-Syrian descent made waves lending her angelic vocals to Louis the Child’s smash hit summer jam “Better Not.” The song has accumulated over 50 millions of streams on Spotify, peaking at #8 on the US Viral Chart, #14 on the Global Viral Chart, and #116 on the Global Top 200. It is currently #15 at Dance radio. Wafia joined the Interscope Records duo to perform the song during their sets at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Morrison, Colorado.

During all the buzz, Wafia retreated to a studio in Los Angeles to begin quietly working on new music. Today she’s unveiled the first creation from that process, an upbeat track entitled “I’m Good.” The song was co-written by Wrabel (Ellie Goulding, Adam Lambert), produced by Grammy nominated writer / producer John Hill (Portugal. the Man, Foster The People) and released via Future Classic.

With a captivating electronic bass beat, Wafia’s new song “I’m Good” is an infectious indie-pop-infused gem. Her lyrics are unapologetic, brutally honest, and shows she has no regrets leaving someone in the past. The bridge strips back the beat adding in a tropical vibe making her empowering words even stronger. According to Wafia the song was an attempt at writing a self-fulfilling prophecy. At the time I could foresee heartbreak that I was going to have to work through and I wanted to write the song that I’d want to hear at the end of it all. There was this running joke between myself and Wrabel that we’d love to write a song with the word “loser” in it and the song came together very quickly after that.

Wafia is a 24-year-old singer and musician born in the Netherlands to Syrian and Iraqi parents. Her music ranges from expressive electronic pop that traverses the emotional spectrum- from heartache to new sensations, fractured familial experiences to societal and political alienation. She started to seriously focus on music when she was in school in Brisbane. She taught herself guitar by learning covers of other musicians’ work, posting covers on Tumblr and started building a fanbase there.

She recorded a demo EP in her 3rd year of college which caught the attention of people in the Australian music industry. Her debut single, “Heartburn,” received praise from Pharrell Williams and was the lead single from her debut EP recorded with producer Thrupence. Her 2nd EP, released in 2016, was a collaboration with Ta-Ku formed off one-off gigs in the US. Her latest VII is the most sonically diverse Wafia release yet, spanning R&B, hushed balladry, and effervescent pop.

She’s preparing to for her next release coming out on Australia’s Future Classic label and will be touring worldwide in support of the project – including a North American tour at the end of 2018 that includes both headlining dates and support for Louis The Child.


Oct 5 – Howler, Melbourne
Oct 6 – Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane
Oct 12 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Oct 18 – Mojo’s, Fremantle
Oct 19 – Sewing Room, Perth
Oct 20 – Jive, Adelaide

Nov 6 – The Pickle Factory, London, UK
Nov 8 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nov 9 – Le Pop-up du Label, Paris, France

Nov 19 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY
Nov 20 – Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 22 – The Garrison, Toronto, ON
Nov 23 – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL*
Nov 24 – Myth, St Paul, MI*
Nov 25 – Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
Nov 27 – Knitting Factory, Boise, ID*
Nov 28 – McDonald Theater, Eugene, OR*
Nov 29 – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR*
Dec 1 – WaMu, Seattle, WA*
Dec 2 – Wise Hall, Vancouver, BC
Dec 4 – Holy Diver, Sacramento, CA
Dec 6 – Bill Graham Civic Theater, San Francisco, CA*
Dec 7 – Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles, CA*
Dec 9 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
* Louis The Child, NoMB

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