Mega Shares New EP ‘Honour and Glory’
November 10, 2023 BY Emma Orland
Released today, the core message to take away from Mega’s third EP Honour and Glory is to take a moment to reflect on your achievements. And in that respect, Mega has plenty to celebrate. The EP is powered by her winning vocal talent, a voice that was developed in gospel groups in her teens and that overcame career-threatening health issues on her way to the artist that she now is. Her songwriting is just as essential, with Mega exploring her inner fragilities and sourcing a deeper empowerment that will speak stridently to anyone who deserves a timely boost to their self-esteem.
Mega says, “Honour and Glory is a reminder to celebrate where you are at in your life and learn to honour it. Amongst all the madness of it all, stopping and giving yourself a pat on the back and saying, ‘I’m proud of you.’ Life is a JOURNEY. And this EP takes you on a journey of all the emotions. Often we are in such a rush to move on to the next thing or afraid that we are running out of time; and so it can feel like we can’t afford to stop, particularly in this current climate where everything is so fast-paced. ‘Honour and Glory’ is a reminder that we are not running out of time.
Whenever I’ve forced myself to stop and take a moment I’ve been able to gain some perspective and to appreciate my uniqueness and that I am. I hope this EP enables you to take a moment to pause and to celebrate yourself. Wherever you are in your walk of life, you deserve to be celebrated. Celebrate exactly who you are in this moment.”
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The EP’s previous singles – ‘Don’t Get Too Close’, ‘Let You Down’ and ‘Moment For You’ – have all played a big part in Mega’s current rise. Recent months have seen her complete a UK and European headline tour, which included a sold-out and upgraded London show at Hoxton Hall, tour extensively as a special guest to Self Esteem, and earn fresh BBC Radio 2 airplay from Trevor Nelson.
Mega’s new focus track ‘Learning (To Trust Myself)’ is a calling card that encapsulates everything that makes the Honour and Glory EP so special. It’s a devotional hymn that feels as familiar as an old friend, its laidback pop groove laying the foundation for Mega to praise the power of self-confidence. It’s an inspirational moment that really affirms that sometimes we only need a little gentle praise – whether that’s from ourselves or someone else – for the day to feel a little bit brighter.
The EP is completed by a second new song in the shape of ‘Who I Am’. The tone of the power-based ballad is deeper and more introspective, but the message comes from a similar place: we may make mistakes and have regrets, but how those things shape us says much more about who we are.
Mega co-wrote all five songs on the Honour and Glory EP, which features collaborations with Tom Fuller (Tom Walker), solo artist Joel Baker, Nathan Boddy (PinkPantheress, Priya Ragu), Ed Riches (Bilal), Alex Davies (Galantis), Jez Ashurst (Maisie Peters), Jonny Hockings (Mimi Webb), Jojo Mukeza (Stormzy), Adam Argyle (Becky Hill) and Martin Brammer (James Bay).
Mega’s first musical passions came from two different worlds: the authenticity of Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin and Lauryn Hill but also the vibrant sounds from her parents’ Ugandan heritage. Perhaps music was always her destiny, as she loved performing with the gospel choir at the London youth club St. Mary’s, and then started working on her own original music in her teens.
But if music was her destiny, she would have to overcome a major challenge first. After experiencing nagging troubles with her voice, it seemed that the medical world had no real solution to her troubles and it seemed a blossoming career was halted before it had begun. Instead, she went to university to study psychology, during which time extensive rest as well as steady recuperation with the help of a voice therapist got her back on track. Her first two EPs, Future Me and Colour My World, instigated a first wave of attention for the north London artist, leading to airplay at BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 5 and most recently a live performance on Radio 4. She has also played shows with further major names such as Angèle, Hozier and Nathaniel Rateliff.
That story underlines the message of the EP. Everyone has their challenges and their regrets about how perhaps things could’ve gone better. But life is a journey of overcoming obstacles, and our achievements, whether they’re big or small, are testament to our determination to carry on.
She co-wrote all five songs that will feature on her upcoming EP, a project that’s united by themes of celebrating where you are at this moment in your life. It features further collaborators in the shape of Ed Riches (Bilal), Alex Davies (Galantis), Jez Ashurst (Maisie Peters), Jonny Hockings (Mimi Webb), Jojo Mukeza (Stormzy), Adam Argyle (Becky Hill) and Martin Brammer (James Bay).
Mega’s previous EPs, ‘Future Me’ and ‘Colour My World’, instigated a first wave of attention for the north London artist, leading to airplay at Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 5 and most recently a live performance on Radio 4. She has also played shows with further major names such as Angèle, Hozier and Nathaniel Rateliff.
And yet Mega’s career in music was almost over before it began. At the very outset she started to experience troubles with her voice and despite going from doctor-to-doctor, a cure proved to be elusive. Instead she went to university to study psychology, during which time extensive rest as well as steady recuperation with the help of a voice therapist got her back on track.
Mega’s early musical passions were two-fold: on one hand the vibrant sounds of her parents’ Ugandan heritage; and on the other, artists such as Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin and Lauryn Hill who all demonstrated that exemplary talent, unguarded vulnerabilities and pure authenticity could be so inspiring. She joined a gospel choir at the local youth club St. Mary’s, before collaborating with producers on her own music in her teens. Now it’s Mega’s moment.
Honour and Glory’ Tracklist:
1. Let You Down
2. Learning (To Trust Myself)
3. Don’t Get Too Close
4. Who I Am
5. Moment for You