Madison McFerrin: (Please Don’t) Leave Me Now

Independent artist and producer Madison McFerrin announces her debut album, I Hope You Can Forgive Me, with the single “(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now.” The jazzy, funk- and soul-inflected track comes accompanied by a video directed by directed by Kemp Baldwin, where McFerrin appears in a grave—and as a mourner—reflecting an experience from her past. She explains, “Being able to walk away from a near-death experience without physical harm is one of the greatest blessings I’ve received in this life. It reaffirmed my purpose as an artist. Writing ‘(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now’ became an incredibly therapeutic and cathartic experience. Being able to express that kind of fear while still creating a fun environment was key to making this song… For the video, we wanted to capture the feeling of not being prepared to die. I’m talking to myself both above and within the grave, grieving both who I was and who I could be. I didn’t expect being in a grave for multiple hours in a day would affect me, but it definitely contributed to my journey in processing a near-death experience. This song and video are a manifestation of my own personal growth as not only a musician, but as a human.”