JC Stewart Shares New Single “Don’t Say You Love Me”
“Expect even bigger things to come from the Elektra signee.” – Billboard
“JCs distinctive sound has captured the attention of many.” – Uproxx
“Worthy of your attention.” – E! News
Fresh off a nomination at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, Elektra Recording artist JC Stewart has shared his brand-new single ”Don’t Say You Love Me.” The new song will appear on the singer-songwriter’s eagerly anticipated second EP, which will be released later this year.
“Don’t Say You Love Me” is already an established fan favorite after being the opening song in JC’s live show for several year. After listening it’s clear why he choses to introduce himself to new audiences with this track. It amasses everything that makes his status as a rising star undeniable, into a three-minute pop package. It simmers with drama, as it escalates from introspective verses before erupting into a memorable hook.
Meanwhile, JC’s talent for delivering vulnerable stories of lost love into songs of huge appeal reaches new heights. It’s a simple message about something that almost everyone goes through: if we have to split up, lets at least limit the pain we’ll put ourselves through by making it a clean break.
“Don’t Say You Love Me” is a song I wrote over three years ago. I opened the live set with it for years and it always made me feel alive as soon as the first beat kicked in, JC shares. I wrote it about needing to leave someone and having to stand up for yourself and have the courage to walk away from something when it would probably be easier to stay. This song has been something I have been planning to get out to the world for a long, long time and I am so glad that that time has finally come,” he adds.
JC Stewart wrote “Don’t Say You Love Me” with Sam Merrifield (Mimi Webb) and the songs producer Nathaniel Detonate Ledwidge. It was subsequently completed with mixing from the Grammy-nominated Matty Green (Dua Lipa, Dermot Kennedy).
The emotions behind “Don’t Say You Love Me” fuel JCs impassioned and heartfelt performance in the accompanying video, which was directed by Nathan BarlowBut its overall atmosphere is one that instead builds excitement for his live show. JC begins the song alone before his band is revealed, as the climate around them builds into a tumultuous storm. It ends with him crowd-surfing above an audience of real fans. Before he drops to the ground, the storm has passed and a new ray of optimism shines through.
JC Stewart started 2021 on a high when he was named as MTV’s first global Push artist of the year. His single “Break My Heart” then continued to fire his momentum forward. Co-written with Niall Horan, the track broadened his already engaging pop appeal. His most recent single, “Loud”, again reiterated his phenomenal ascension. JC recently performed at the Latitude Festival and supported The Vamps on a run of UK tour dates. Details for his next run of headline shows will be revealed soon
Emerging from Northern Ireland, JC Stewart possesses all the traits needed to become a globally recognized artist. His music is powered by a voice as real and powerful as the heartfelt emotions he explores. Yet while his talent is remarkable, his personality is relatable. His sharp wit and inclusive nature are immensely popular at social media, a following which exploded after Jennifer Aniston shared his quarantine-themed twist on the Friends theme last year. The video quickly surpassed 5 million views and resulted in JC appearing on Good Morning America, TODAY, Access Hollywood, and more
That growing following includes some famous fans too. Last year saw him release his big collab, teaming up with 220 Kid for “Too Many Nights”, while his debut EP When The Light Hits The Room was co-written with the BRIT / Ivor Novello winner Tom Odell. His first major collaborator came when he co-wrote Hollywood, a song which later featured on Lewis Capaldi’s debut album.