Rising artist and songwriter Shaun Farrugia unveils his new single ‘Dear God’, a soulful and impelling piano-led pop ballad impeccably blending Shaun’s powerful raw vocals with striking lyrics and a stirring melody. Inspired by Shaun’s personal experience, ‘Dear God’ explores long-distance relationships and how to overcome their challenges.
Speaking about the track, on which he also plays the piano, Shaun explains “Long-distance is difficult when all you really want to do is spend every moment with that person. This song is very close to my heart and the lyrics are very personal. The lyric ‘How many times do I go to ask you? How many times do I gotta pray? I’m losing count of all of the times I promised her we’ll be okay’ is me desperately asking my girlfriend to be together in the same city, or even in the same timezone again.” About his collaboration with Manson and Havelock, Shaun adds ‘They make it easy to express everything I was feeling and helped channel it into this record.’
By his own admission Shaun is “a sucker for a good story” — and his own story is, itself, quite something: overcoming adversity, finding his own lane in life, and creating space for himself in an industry that doesn’t often welcome outsiders. The 26-year-old Maltese native dropped his life on the island to fly to London in 2019, quit his job, sell everything he owned and showed up on the doorstep of Sigala after being invited to come and meet the producer during an Instagram Live. The gamble paid off, Shaun was quickly snapped up by Polydor. As a regular guy doing extraordinary things Shaun scores high on the likability scale, but he manages to balance his unassumingness with an ambition that’s hard to ignore — and is right there in his extraordinary songwriting.
Now things are, quite unmistakably, happening: from early songwriting credits for artists as diverse as Mimi Webb (‘I’ll Break My Heart Again’) and The Script (‘Hot Summer Nights’), to two collaborations with the likes of renowned DJ Martin Garrix (‘Starlight ‘Keep Me Afloat’’ and ‘If We’ll Ever Be Remembered’), to co-signs from some of the biggest tunesmiths in the business, and at the start of 2022 hitting a brand new milestone with Sigala’s top 40 record ‘Melody’.
Over the summer, Shaun made his live performance debut at MTV’s Isle of MTV in his home of Malta on July 19th, joining Marshmello, French Montana and Mae Muller on the lineup. With more music set for release over the coming months, this gifted lyricist and superstar-in-the-making is already on his way to become one of the most exciting prospects this year. Definitely one-to-watch.