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Arlissa plays with fire on new single “Games”

LA-based, German-British Pop singer-songwriter Arlissa is coming into her own with the announcement of her forthcoming debut album The OPEN-HEARTED – her first full-length project since going independent. She welcomes in the new year with the release of her sixth single “Games” on January 20th.

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“Games” was written by Arlissa when she was on the cusp of falling in love with someone, she had only intended on having a short fling with. Realising they were both playing with fire and knowing the circumstance of the relationship would likely lead to trouble but continuing to indulge anyway. Both get caught in the flames and end up burnt.

Arlissa delves into the story behind the single: “I wrote Games when I was on the cusp of falling in love with someone I had only intended on having a short fling with after my marriage. We were playing with fire because we knew the circumstances of our relationship would only lead to trouble but we continued to indulge anyway. We got caught in the flames and both ended up burnt. But at least I got a great song out of it.”

Produced by Ebenezer (Stefflon Don, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign) “Games” is a funky, upbeat and cool pop anthem, which from the get-go is geared towards the dance floor. The release of “Games” culminates into the long-awaited debut album The OPEN-HEARTED, which is set to establish her as the powerhouse singer/songwriter and artist she was always placed here to be. It follows 2022 singles “Walking On The Moon”, “Don’t Text Your Ex”, “Take”, “Melody”, and “Pieces” ft Duckwrth.

On her debut album, Arlissa explains, “It was originally called The Broken-hearted but shortly after finishing it I experienced two huge heart breaks. The ending of my marriage and a relationship after. I had never been single and knew it was time for me to give my love to myself instead of so freely to others. I’ve never been afraid of loving others but never learnt to love myself. So I changed the title to The Open Hearted and it’s really about claiming and honoring myself and my feelings throughout heartbreak. I’ve always been so quick to put others before me and invalidate my own experience to create as much safety for others. This album is about claiming my power as a human who has experienced hurt in a multitude of ways. And knowing love is never lost. When you find it in yourself again, it follows you everywhere you go.”

An in-demand songwriting talent, Arlissa has written and performed on “We Won’t Move” from critically acclaimed movie The Hate U GiveBTS’s “Spring Day”, Zayne’s comeback hit “Flames”, and “Eyes Off You” for Ariana Grande’s soundtrack for Charlie’s Angels. With love across the board, Arlissa has been championed by media such as People, NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview Mag, Vogue, and performed on Good Morning America and The Today Show.

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