Licy Be kicks off 2019 with new single ‘Grown’
feat Anaru & Isaac Sherwood
Devoted rapper, poet, motivational speaker, suicide prevention and mental health awareness advocate – Licy Be is a an artist on a mission. Hailing from New Zealand, formerly from Perth and now based on the Gold Coast, Licy (pronounced Leecy for you non-kiwis) is proud to share her new single Grown, featuring Brisbane newcomer Anaru and Perth production guru Isaac Sherwood.
Following on from spring single Be The Change that continues to shine a light on suicide prevention, Licy highlights the issue of comparison issues across social media. “I think a lot of us are trying to ‘make it’ or get somewhere with our dreams and along the way lose ourselves with the dangerous influences of social media. It’s easy to go down a path of forgetting who you are and where you come from in an attempt to be ‘grown’.”
Licy’s love of poetry and subsequent natural talent for rapping has culminated in a series of online videos achieving in excess of 100,000 spins. Licy performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2016 as a national finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam and has since gone on to support at sold-out shows by Rn’B artist Sammy Johnson’s and Perth emcee Marksman Lloyd. Licy has also done numerous school appearances and performed to a 3000 strong Youth Alive crowd at HBF Stadium.
2017 saw the release of Licy’s debut album Beautifully Broken and was introduced with shows across Australia and New Zealand along with a maiden tour of the United States. While the album cracked the top 25 on the Australian iTunes chart, lead single One Life peaked inside the top 10, an impressive feat from an emerging independent artist.
Having presented to over 15,000 teenagers in the past 12 months, Licy Be draws upon her personal lived experience, educational background (Master of Science in Applied Psychology) and work within the field as the training and education coordinator for Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA).
Inspiring others to raise the bar and increase awareness about youth and social issues, Licy Be is truly writing music with the purpose of connecting with all listeners.