Upcoming artist and songwriter Shaun Farrugia today unveils his debut single ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall Asleep Yet’, a soaring, uplifting and slick pop track co-written with Sam Klempner (James Blunt, BTS, Paloma Faith) and Scott Quinn (BTS, SHINee, Keith Urban).
‘I Don’t Wanna Fall Asleep Yet’ is a vulnerable ode to being in love, poignantly raw with sonorous vocals to match. Speaking about the single, Shaun says “I’ve been in a long distance relationship for two years, and when you’re in that sort of relationship you really look at how important those moments are when you’re with the person you love. It’s a song about being together, but it’s also a song about being apart; it’s a song about living the moment, and it’s a song about love… Without saying the word love.” It’s hard not to get swept away by his songs. Shaun describes his music as being like “an ocean of voices”: soulful, emotive music inspired by his love of artists like Coldplay and James Morrison, that’s already captured the attention of fans around the globe.
The release follows Shaun’s cover of The Weeknd’s Billboard Chart topping #1 hit Blinding Lights which flew straight to #1 on the Shazam Discovery Charts, after featuring on Love Island, the biggest reaction to any song so far this season.
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 Ten hit ‘Melody’.
Shaun will make 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.