“Whenever You’re Ready” is the first new material from the Grammy-nominated artist since appearing on Chiiild’s “Awake” in April, and arrives with a video directed by The Rest.
Speaking about the new song, which features production from Two Inch Punch and was co-written with MNEK, Mahalia says, “I’m so gassed to be releasing this song. I remember the first time hearing Montell Jordan’s “Get It On Tonight” in Save The Last Dance when I was a kid. It’s been a song that has made me wanna dance ever since and sampling it in “Whenever You’re Ready” is really special to me. I had so much fun writing it with MNEK and Two Inch Punch. I was going through a breakup at the time and really wanted to capture this part of that process. It’s my new summer jam. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!”
MNEK adds, “I’ve known Mahalia for years. I resonate with her as someone who also started in this industry in my early teens and had to navigate and essentially develop professionally and personally at the same time in that way. There always has been something so special about what Mahalia brings to music & I’m glad the world is seeing it. Her pen, her voice, her vulnerability, her vibe – I love her and this song a lot.”
The new track is Mahalia’s first single as the lead artist since February’s Rico Nasty collaboration “Jealous”.