GIVĒON has always used his raw, evocative songwriting to mine a confusing world for answers, and that approach has connected to the tune of over 1 billion global streams and nearly 1 billion YouTube views thus far. Lately, he’s been fixed on a problem he can’t solve. As he puts it, “Sometimes the truth is rewarded, and sometimes it’s frowned upon. Does a little deception make us feel better?” This sort of tension is at the heart of GIVĒON’s work. His debut album Give or Take shows off the emotional curiosity and deep warmth of his songs over cinematic R&B arrangements. This sensitivity and love for storytelling trace back to his upbringing in Long Beach, CA, where his mother shielded him and his brothers from the area’s gang culture and encouraged him to sing.
After years of hustle, he bonded with producer Sevn Thomas (Drake, Rihanna) in 2019 and placed “Chicago Freestyle” on Drake’s 2020 mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes. GIVĒON’s March 2020 debut EP Take Time held his first top 40 Hot 100 hit, “Heartbreak Anniversary,” and by March 2021, his When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time compilation debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 (It’s since gone Platinum, and highlight “All to Me” went Gold—his 10th RIAA certification). Since then, the seven-time Grammy nominee has been forging connections in person on tour, and he’s been hard at work writing Give or Take. Its arrival shows just how much he’s grown, both as an introspective songwriter and an empathetic human being.
Delivering the R&B event of the summer, GRAMMY-nominated multi-platinum R&B star GIVĒON presents his anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Give Or Take, today via Not So Fast/Epic Records.
To celebrate the arrival of the record, he just shared the energetic and cinematic music video for the new single “Lost Me.” Watch it HERE. Upbeat production sets the track in motion as the guitar wraps around the simmering beat. It culminates on an instantly catchy chorus, “ I’m not looking for the one, later but for now I’m having fun.”
It stands out as one level of the story at the heart of Give Or Take. Across the record’s 15 tracks, he relays his account of the past year to his mother, speaking bluntly on the ups, downs, romances, relationships, and everything in between. To bring this to life, he worked with an all-star cast of producers and collaborators, including Cardo, Boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Sevn Thomas, OZ, and more.
The journey commences with the sparse piano of “Let Me Go” where his robust baritone echoes over 808s as he muses, “Either love me, or I gotta leave.” Elsewhere, “July 16th” highlights the dynamics of his voice as he confesses, “I’ve been down this road before,” in-between string-laden piano. “At Least We Tried” reflects on a past relationship with candor and clarity, while the finale “Unholy Matrimony” hinges on airy production as he paints a picture of a “White gown hanging in the closet, black tuxedo that I never got to wear,” as a dream of marriage fades to black.
Check out the full tracklisting and the album below.
Next up, he takes over the stage at the BET Awards this weekend. Be sure to tune in for what promises to be a show-stopping performance.
Honest, heartfelt, and hard-hitting, Give Or Take is everything R&B should be in 2022 and more.
In honor of Give Or Take, GIVĒON will launch his biggest North American headline tour in 2022. Canvasing the continent for nine weeks, it kicks off on August 16 in Philadelphia, PA, and visits major cities coast-to-coast with gigs in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York. Check out the full confirmed itinerary below. Tickets are available HERE.
Known for his unforgettable live performances, this tour promises to be his boldest, brightest, and best yet—and it will sell out!
He heralded Give Or Take with the ballad “Lie Again.” It has already amassed over 12.2 million Spotify streams and 5.3 million YouTube views on the music video.
Last September, GIVĒON shared “For Tonight,” the lead single off the record, which is now RIAA certified Gold. The song was praised by outlets such as Complex and Rolling Stone on its way to amassing more than 175 million streams worldwide. Earlier this month, GIVĒON released a live version of “For Tonight” as part of the VEVO LIFT performance series. That followed his appearance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards where GIVĒON joined Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar for a smooth, jam session-style performance of their chart-topping hit “Peaches.”
GIVĒON also just concluded his sold-out European tour titled “FROM THE FIVE SIX TWO” with dates in Amsterdam, Germany, France, and Spain and will be headed back across the pond to perform at Wireless Festival in London on July 8th.
- Let Me Go
- Dec 11th
- This Will Do
- Get To You
- Tryna Be
- Make You Mine
- July 16th
- For Tonight
- Lost Me
- Lie Again
- Another Heartbreak
- At Least We Tried
- Remind Me
- Unholy Matrimony
8/16 Philadelphia, PA – The Metropolitan Opera House
8/17 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
8/19 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
8/21 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
8/23 Boston, MA – House of Blues
8/26 Richmond, VA – The National
8/27 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
8/28 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
8/30 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
8/31 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
9/2 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
9/3 Miami, FL – The Oasis
9/4 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
9/6 New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater
9/8 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
9/9 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
9/10 Dallas, TX – The Factory
9/12 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
9/13 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
9/15 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
9/16 Los Angeles, CA – Primavera Sound **Festival Date
9/18 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
9/20 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
9/21 Seattle , WA- The Paramount Theatre
9/22 Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
9/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
9/25 Denver, CO- The Mission Ballroom
9/27 Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore
9/29 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland
9/30 Saint Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/2 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
10/4 Detroit, MI – The Masonic Theater
10/5 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/7 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room At Old National Centre
10/9 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
10/11 Columbus, OH – Kemba Live!
10/12 Pittsburgh , PA- Stage AE
10/14 Washington, DC – The Anthem
10/16 Montreal, QC – MTELUS
10/19 Toronto, ON – HISTORY
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