“Jy dra my hart op jou mou, en die wêreld kan vergaan. Jy’s die rede vir my bestaan. Onthou, jy dra my hart op jou mou…” (You wear my heart on your sleeve and the world can disappear. You are the reason for my existence. Remember, you wear my heart on your sleeve…) are a few of the heart-warming lyrics taken from singer and songwriter, SUNEL’s latest single, HART OP JOU MOU.
This beautiful love song, a SUNEL original, not only showcases her unique velvety voice and style, but is also something that every romantic soul can relate to. “HART OP JOU MOU is about loving someone so much that they wear your heart on their sleeve in every way possible. To show your vulnerable side to someone, share your deepest secrets and know that they will always love you, no matter what,” she explains the meaning behind this emotional Afrikaans track. “The song means the world to me. It contains some of the deepest lyrics I have ever written and I am extremely proud of this project. I believe that it will resonate with audiences of all ages. To listen to music that touches your heart and tells a beautiful story, is very important. It is one of those songs that will get stuck in your heart and head, because you will be able to relate to the message.”
According to the musician, the production of the song was kept simple because she did not want anything to overshadow the rawness and honesty of the song. The end result speaks directly to the soul and has already impressed listeners and radio stations across the country. A music video for the song, is also planned for later this year.
HART OP JOU MOU is the singer’s second official release. She shot to fame for the instant success of her debut single, Fikcle Heart, which topped SFM’s Top 30 hit parade for nine weeks and remained number one on the charts of HOSA Radio for thirteen weeks. The music video of this hit was produced by SAMA and Ghoema acclaimed music producer, Ryan Kruger from A Ryan Kruger Thing and has had more than 9 000 views on YouTube. “It was an honour to work with Ryan. He is one of the best producers in the business and it was amazing to produce this video with him,” the singer says proudly.
This versatile twenty-four year old Jazz princess from Mossel Bay, with her timeless voice, has been working in the entertainment industry for the past three years. She grew up in a home with music constantly playing in the background and used to take piano lessons, sing in the school choir and take part in plays and other concerts when she was still in school. Since the start of her career, she has already shared the stage with big names, including Chris Chameleon, Elvis Blue, Laurika Rauch, Corlea Botha, Coenie De Villiers, Steve Hofmeyr, Bobby and Karlien van Jaarsveld, to name but a few. Furthermore, she has also had the opportunity to perform at major music festivals like the Dias Festival (2016, 2017, 2018), Naartjie Festival, KKNK (2016, 2017, 2018), Bravo Festival and the Bushlapa Music Festival. The artist has also done two shows with Pieter Koen and was part of Willem Botha’s kykNET Skole Tour.
When asked where she draws inspiration from to create her heartfelt music, she admits that it mainly stems from everyday life and events. She is also a passionate animal lover, who dreams of owning her own shelter for homeless and abused pets someday. If she had to choose a different career, she would have liked to be a professional makeup artist or psychiatrist because she enjoys listening to people’s problems and giving advice.
Because she is a fan of old school Jazz and Swing music, she relates to artists such as Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Katie Melua and credits them as some of her biggest musical influences. SUNEL also has dreams of working with international acts like Taylor Swift, Michael Buble, Celine Dion and Ryan Tedder in the future. “Ryan Tedder is the lead singer of One Republic and has written many hits for some of the biggest stars in the industry. He is also a brilliant producer and would love to work with someone of his caliber,” she shares.
Over the past few years, SUNEL has come to realise that the music industry is tough, but that you should always believe in yourself and not allow your critics get you down. She is currently working on the finishing touches of a new Afrikaans song and plans on releasing her debut album in 2019.
HART OP JOU MOU is the perfect combination of heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies and not only showcases SUNEL’s unique vocal ability, but also invites fans to fall in love with her music.
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