Reina Khoury’s ‘Exist With You’ pushes pop boundaries

Emerging Jordan musician Reina Khoury loves pop music. Growing up with a cross section of influences from contemporary Western artists and local Middle Eastern musicians, it became a natural choice for Khoury to explore songwriting in both her native Arabic and second language English.

As such, the sound we hear in ‘Exist With You’ is a rich tapestry of these different elements. It’s an undeniably pulsating pop track with generous dance beats and crisp production, but the melody, arrangement and of course Khoury‘s flowing vocals hints towards her Jordanian culture.

Speaking about the writing process behind ‘Exist With You’, Reina Khoury shares:

“I first wrote the main sentence “I wanna forget the world for a while and just exist with you” while on the piano waiting for my then boyfriend, now husband, to arrive in London to visit me as I was doing my Masters. This feeling of just tuning out the whole world, with the noise and distractions that come along, and just enjoy every second we had together was such a strong feeling that made me want to cherish that moment, through a song. While creating it, my producer and I imagined a dreamy, euphoric feel for the song, and came up with melodies that were expressive of the fun times we ended up living in the studio with that idea in mind. It is a positive message that keeps me going back to the feeling of calmness and happiness whenever I feel overwhelmed. Reminds me to tune negativity out, focus on the good, and just be.”

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