As the Australian-born artist’s project in Michigan, Chioma Ai Bendors Ilozor – Ai Bendr, who is now based in Los Angeles, has spent the past two years cultivating an ever-growing following loving her touching pop ballads. His first single, the heartbreaking and moving “Love Me Low” helped fuel the fire when it debuted on HBO Euphoria. From then on, Ai Bendr established herself as a producer of resounding alt-R&B tracks that rely as much on her penetrating songwriting as on her ability to embody everything from deep sadness to heady allure.
His recent singles have only heightened anticipation for a debut EP and full-length album from Ai Bendr. From the reverberating melodies and lush tones of “Coffee,” an elegant pop piece that springs in her adoration, to the dreamy atmosphere of the painful “I Like You” – Ai Bendr shapes her music from the most vulnerable parts of her -same. And with the release of her latest single/video in ‘The Deep’, she continues to grow as an artist, embracing new perspectives in an effort to not only better understand others, but also herself in the process.
Ai Bendr’s recent success represents something of a star-studded line-up for the young artist. Before leaving his family for boarding school in Massachusetts, any thoughts of a future in music seemed out of reach, as his family discouraged passion beyond a hobby. But while in college, Ilozor took the opportunity to grow as an artist, learning to play the piano and writing the songs that would eventually become his first singles. With 2022 on the horizon, her family firmly behind her pursuit of her passion, and her rising star status, Ai Bendr is well positioned to make an explosive debut.
With a new single on the way and slated for release in January, we can’t wait to see what Ai Bendr is up to in 2022. Visit Ai Bendr’s website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date with new releases and tour announcements. Follow Ai Bendr on Spotify.
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