Eleanor Kingston is a 19-year-old pop/R&B musician, and if you haven’t heard of her yet, you will. Kingston’s passion for music first began in high school, after facing numerous battles with mental health. She went to a boarding school away from home, and fell into a state of depression and anxiety.
So, she did what all creative artists do best: She turned to music. At first, she immersed herself into writing pages of poetry, before adapting her love of songwriting.
She began to write about personal thoughts, feelings and experiences, and before long, she released her first single: “Highway”. “Highway” was released in 2018, and it’s a song dedicated to female empowerment. According to Kingston, she was fed up with the double standard of men and women having a ‘one night stand’. While both genders should be held to equal standards, the concept of hooking up is still very one sided. Men will be praised, while women will be shamed.
Kingston adapted the unfortunate truth and made it personal to her life.
“I wanted to create my own twist and say, hey, I don’t want love and I don’t want a relationship. I am the same as a man and won’t be held to different standards”.
Since “Highway” was released, Kingston debuted two other songs in 2018: “Problematic” and “Demon Mind”.
On July 24th, Kingston returned to the music scene stronger than ever, when she dropped her latest single, “Dedicated To You”. Fans were spoiled when she released the “Dedicated To You” music video the same day — in which she also directed. What’s interesting is that the lyrics can be interpreted one way, while the music video portrays a separate ambience.
“Dedicated To You” revolves around a toxic relationship, and silencing the voice of those who try to tear females down. The music video, however, shows the depth and separation of emotions vs. human counterparts. Throughout the music video, a machine detects the varying emotions of a toxic break-up.
While the lyrics are meant to be a form of empowerment, the visuals show feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, loneliness, and more. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, and most importantly, it’s full of raw vulnerability.
The video currently has over 200,000 views on YouTube, and the fan response is extremely positive.
One fan stated that, “I love how each feeling is as powerful as the last. We are multidimensional”.
“Dedicated To You” was produced by Hitmaker Music Group and Asylum Records.
Luckily for the fans, you won’t be waiting long before Kingston’s next release. “Meaningless” is scheduled to drop on Friday, October 23rd, along with a corresponding music video. Not only does “Meaningless” have a catchy, consistent hook, but the meaning behind the song is relatable to many female teenagers.
The song discusses what it’s like to be a female teenager, caught up in the realm of social media. Society has certain expectations of how one should look, speak, and act to “fit in with societal norms”. Whether we realize it or not, there is a certain societal hierarchy that the GenZ/Millennial generations are expected to live up to.
Link to "Meaningless" IG Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGgPafNFoke/?igshid=17olfn08gcruz
Through the creativity of her music video, Kingston welcomes us into her simulation, and allows us to embody the struggle with her inner demons, from an inside perspective.
“The simulation represents this mad world of external ideologies that are constantly forced upon us: who to be, how to act, and what to do next. No matter what I do to feel happy, society tells me that I am not good enough”.
Kingston’s creative mind is so full of powerful, raw emotion. Each song contains a deeper storyline, tailored to her specific experiences with mental health, love, and female empowerment. When asked who her musical inspirations were, Kingston listed Halsey and Lorde.
“Their strength as women in music who push boundaries — through lyrics and instrumentals — has inspired me to do the same. I've always said that music is the most invaluable form of therapy, and I genuinely believe that those two women have taught me to be resilient in the face of adversity, and make something beautiful out of it. Their unique style is so apparent across their entire discography and I've always been someone who wants to have a sound that resonates, no matter what I make, and how much I change my style. Most importantly, their authenticity through their lyrics about what they've actually been through — so vivid and detailed — is exactly how I want to be as an artist... It's a glimpse into my mind.”
Kingston is preparing to release her up and coming EP, Great Kind of Madness. While the official debut date has yet to be announced, you can keep up with Kingston’s current/future projects by following all of her social media platforms:
Official website - https://www.eleanorkingston.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/eleanorkingston
Facebook - https://www.instagram.com/eleanorkingston