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Rina Sawayama turns a therapy epiphany into powerful single ‘Hold the Girl’

‘I was crying before going into the studio,’ she says of the song as she announces a U.S. tour

By Tomás Mier

Rina Sawayama
Rina Sawayama (Picture: Thurstan Redding)

Sometimes it takes a therapy session to heal your inner child — and write a great song. On Wednesday, Rina Sawayama released ‘Hold the Girl’, the title track of her forthcoming LP.

“I had gone to therapy and had a revelation, so I decided to write this song…that was the start of it,” says Sawayama in a statement. “I was crying before going into the studio.”

The powerful track follows the singer as she realises her self-worth and understands that even if she’s wanted to change who she is, she remembers “who I’m really made of.”

“Sometimes I get down with guilt for the promises I’ve broken to my younger self,” she sings with her stellar tone. “Moving on, maybe I’ll never will Cos I left u spinning on the carousel.” The track ends with a cinematic outro.

“Hold the Girl” follows the release of her singles ‘Catch Me in the Air’ and ‘This Hell’, both of which are featured on her 16 September LP. Sawayama also joined Pabllo Vitaar on ‘Follow Me’ earlier this year and ‘Beg For You’ with Charli XCX.

Sawayama opened up to Rolling Stone UK about her upcoming LP and how she’s learned to see herself as more than one person.  “Once I got to that part of re-parenting myself and treating myself as a ‘we’ and being like ‘Do you need to do this?’” Sawayama said. “And if it’s a no, then it’s a no.”

After releasing her LP, which follows critically-acclaimed Sawayama, the British-Japanese pop star is set to go on a tour across the U.S. during November, hitting New York’s Great Hall at Avant Gardner and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium.

Hold the Girl tour dates:

1 Nov – Brooklyn, NY @ Great Hall at Avant Gardner
4 Nov – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
5 Nov – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
6 Nov – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
8 Nov – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
9 Nov – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
11 Nov – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
12 Nov – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Austin
13 Nov – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
16 Nov – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
18 Nov – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
21 Nov – Oakland, CA @ FoxTheater
23 Nov – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone.