Iraqi-born and raised in the UAE, Shébani has quickly captured the hearts of listeners and fans worldwide with her unforced, yet captivating music that shines an introspective light onto our deepest emotions as humans and sings directly to our heart and soul. Vibrant, emotional, and unabashedly honest, Shébani effortlessly dives deep into the aspects of what it is to be human, encompassing all the beauty and flaws of fear, love, regret, bliss, or anxiety within her music. Her newest release, “Burn Me Out” is no exception to this and we absolutely love it! Keep reading to learn all about the song, the meanings behind it, and what more we can expect from the Dubai-based singer-songwriter, Shébani.
“Burn Me Out” is a metaphor for a cycle that repeats itself. The emotional trauma, gaslighting, and trust issues collected from one relationship and brought to the next. “Like many of the songs I wrote, Burn Me Out stems from personal experience and the urge to express myself in the only way I know how to,” Shébani tells us, “I wrote it sitting down on my bed and it poured out so effortlessly.”
The song articulates an ever-so familiar feeling of knowing a new relationship will be different, but still pondering around a sense of tug-of-war taking place in your mind; hoping for your new love to not see your pain as “crazy”, but in fact, help you heal and understand that you’ve been hurt. “I was going through a certain situation and didn’t know how to explain the constant struggle that I was going through in my head. I find that putting it in a song is very therapeutic for me, it’s almost like closure, where I can finally say that I’m ready to confront my demons and try to heal,” she says.
Shébani explains that the song is everything that she is, and everything that she has been working on for the past – almost – two years. Often, we are stuck in between healing or succumbing, but “Burn Me Out” emphasizes that we should always choose to heal. “It marks the beginning of a new era, a new sound, and a new chapter,” she tells us, “It’s the first song to be released in a while, and it’s the first song that introduces my upcoming debut album, “Silver Linings”. – More on that later!
Always gravitating towards expressing her authentic self in music rather than word, Shébani brings forth hidden emotions in just one melodic line. Raised in a creative family yet suppressed by the social stigma of where she was raised, it wasn’t until 2015 that the Alternative R&B singer-songwriter officially started her music career through YouTube covers and open-mic performances. Since Shébani panned her debut official release; a 6-track EP titled ‘Alter Ego’. Shortly after, her career quickly flourished, graduating from The British and Irish Modern Music Institute in 2017, with that same year opening for Pusha T at Sole DXB in December of 2017. Shébani continues to inspire with her music, connecting with fans worldwide with her uninterrupted authenticity and vocal prowess, as well as sparking keen interest and support from high-profile artists, opening for the likes of Jorja Smith and Liam Payne in 2019, performing at The Expo 2020 in Dubai, and just recently opening for Khalid at Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi in December 2021.
We know that this is only just the beginning and with the release of “Burn Me Out” it is evident that Shébani has a lot more in store. “I’m so excited! But I’m also nervous,” She admits, “This new music is the closest I’ve ever been to who I am as a person and the closest I’ve ever been to what I want to create as an artist.” Her raw, honest, fearless, unapologetic, and new feelings are all factors that she has been excited to share. “I’m just excited to finally understand who I am and what I’d like to say through my art. There’s always room to discover more, but right now, this is exactly where I want to be,” Shébani says.
With the last year being incredible steps for the singer-songwriter, doing some of her biggest shows so far, accomplishing her top goals, and experiencing beautiful moments, we are excited to see what is to come next – perhaps an album? Yup, you guessed it and it is in the works as you’re reading this! “I feel so grateful for all that has come my way, and the best part is that I’m just getting started!” She tells us, “I’m ready to release everything that I’ve been working on, and I’m ready to create. I want this album to take me places, and I want to perform and share it every opportunity I can.”
While we wait, don’t forget to stream Burn Me Out – available on all streaming platforms – and follow Shebani on Instagram for more updates!