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Song You Need to Know: Mia Wray, ‘Never Gonna Be the Same’

The follow-up to her 2020 debut single, “Never Gonna Be the Same” sees Mia Wray delivering a cathartic anthem of self-empowerment.

Jeff Andersen Jnr*

Just a matter of months after making a commanding debut by way of the stunning “Work for Me”, Melbourne musician Mia Wray is back with another mesmerising tune, proving that she’s only just getting started.

Premiering on triple j on Tuesday and receiving its official release on Wednesday, “Never Gonna Be the Same” is one rooted around the theme of self-empowerment, serving as a reminder to “back yourself” as Wray leans into her own power, delivering a cathartic piece of slick pop.

“I found myself in situations both personally and professionally where I wasn’t being valued or heard and something finally just snapped inside me,” Wray explains of the inspiration behind the track.

“I realised I could take control of my own narrative and by trusting my gut and understanding my worth…I unlocked the thing that I always knew was in me and I’ve finally found where I’m meant to be.”

In addition to the release of the new track, Wray has also made another stunning move in her already-impressive career, with the announcement of her signing to the Ivy League Records roster, joining the likes of The Rubens, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, A. Swayze & the Ghosts, Bakers Eddy, and more.

“We are so excited to welcome Mia to the Ivy League Family,” said the label’s A&R Director, Marihuzka Cornelius, in a statement. “Mia’s talent as a songwriter, player and vocalist are undeniable and we cannot wait to share what we’ve been working on with the world. We know big things are ahead for Mia.”

While it remains to be seen what 2021 holds for Mia Wray, she’s already ticked some amazing boxes in such a short time, including an appearance on The State of Music and The Sound, support from Elton John on his Beats 1 radio show, and inclusion on numerous Spotify editorial playlists.

Mia Wray’s “Never Gonna Be the Same” is out now.