RHODES Returns With Brand New Single “Happy”

July 7, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Today, London-based singer/songwriter RHODES returns with stunning new single ‘Happy’ (listen here). ‘Happy’ was written during a period of self-reflection as RHODES looked back on his past. The personal, introspective track addresses the idea of finding happiness within your life when it may not be easy to reach…

‘Happy’ is a song about opening our eyes and trying to find happiness in the moment. We live in a world of constant change and huge societal pressure and I felt, for a long time, that I’d been chasing the wrong things in life. It’s easy to hide behind a facade or behind social media, but it just masks what’s really going on underneath, and I know now that I owe it to myself and the people I love to be more present and mindful. Ultimately, I believe happiness is ours to grab we just have to be open to it and I wanted to write about the hope in knowing that if we keep trying we can find true contentment in everything we have.

Happy’ follows RHODES’ sophomore album, Friends Like Thesereleased earlier this year via Nettwerk. Recorded during lockdown alongside producers Rich Cooper and Ash Workman (Christine and the Queens, MetronomyFriends Like These is a stunning collection of personal tracks, sharing tales of love, loss, friendship, and hope, harnessed by RHODES’ charming vocals. In April, RHODES’ released EP The Pool Sessions, a special selection of tracks from Friends Like These performed live at The Pool Studios in London (listen here). 

Friends Like These marked RHODES’ first album release since his 2015 acclaimed debut Wishes (via Sony Music). The album included hit single Let It All Go, a duet with Birdy which has amassed over 212 million Spotify streams.

RHODES has charmed audiences on a number of headline shows and tours, and opened for the likes of Sam Smith, London Grammar, and Hozier. In February, the songwriter captivated crowds across the UK and Europe while on his highly anticipated headline tour, which concluded with an intimate show at EartH in Hackney, London.


Hertfordshire-raised, London-based singer/songwriter RHODES first captured everyone’s attention with a series of EPs leading up to the release of his acclaimed 2015 debut album Wishes (via Sony Music). The album, which charted inside the UK Top 25, included hit single ‘Let It All Go’, a duet with Birdy that has now amassed 212 million Spotify streams, and sent RHODES’ trajectory skywards. He’s captivated audiences on a series of headline shows and tours, and opened for the likes of Sam Smith, London Grammar, and Hozier. He’s thrilled crowds at an array of festivals including Glastonbury, Citadel, Secret Garden Party, Sweden’s Way Out West and Norway’s Øyafestivalen and gained acclaim from the likes of CLASH, BBC, Independent, The Line of Best Fit, Gigwise, Wonderland, Evening Standard and BBC Radio 1 (Live Lounge). The arrival of sophomore album Friends Like These in January demonstrated RHODES’ most intimate and relatable work to date. The release of ‘Happy’ marks a new era in RHODES’ creative output, as he open ups and explores what it means to be happy, to love and be loved, to be afraid and ultimately to be human.