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08 DECEMBER 2023 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, 21-year-old singer-songwriter, Braden Bales, releases his sophomore EP, CATALYST, today. The project follows his most recent singles ME MYSELF AND YOU and HOSTAGE, both of which are included on the EP. CATALYST also comes after Braden’s debut EP, NOMAD, and the incredible success of the Ontario native’s viral hit, CHRONICALLY CAUTIOUS, which has amassed over 39.5 million global streams, over 34 million total views and 3.1 million likes on TikTok. This marks a new chapter for the rising musician, as he continues to elevate his sound and artistry. Braden proceeds to draw inspiration from first-hand experiences and emotions like stress and anxiety and the push to overcome it, with the goal of connecting with his audience on a deeply personal level. CATALYST is available now via Geffen Records/Universal Music Canada. 


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Braden says about the track, “Everyone has baggage. We’re all a product of our upbringing and the challenges we’ve faced along the way. This EP is about the catalyst moments in my life that molded me into the person I am. I hope that listening helps you make peace with the things that haunt you. I think that acknowledging them for what they are is the first step. This project is deep dive into my past. ‘NOMAD’ covered the way my life has changed this year, and CATALYST is the origin story that led me here.”


Braden just wrapped up his first-ever slew of live shows, as he supported chart-topping singer-songwriter Cian Ducrot as support on the last 10 days of his U.S tour. Braden also supported Canadian indie-pop singer, MICO, on his recent Canadian tour dates. 


About Braden Bales

Braden Bales writes thoughtful songs that deftly reflect the emotional twists and turns already he’s taken in his young life. From sleeping in his car in Los Angeles to finding community in Nashville, every experience is captured in songs like “PICK ME UP,” his new single for Geffen Records, which showcases a hard-won maturity and thoughtful vulnerability beyond his years. He infuses his songs with detailed emotion and witty observations, writing for him is a kind of therapy, a way of processing and understanding what he’s experienced so far. Braden’s most recent track, “CHRONICALLY CAUTIOUS,” has accrued more than 29.8 million streams on Spotify, connecting with fans through his emotional honesty. The track has also won him fans from the likes of Dermot Kennedy, Chelsea Cutler, Russ, and more. He sings about stress and anxiety, and the push to overcome it. Growing up in Oakville, Ontario, songwriting very quickly became an outlet for Bales. Now, he’s obsessed with the craft and he’s aware the highs of his career aren’t the big viral moments like “CHRONICALLY CAUTIOUS,” but the daily act of getting better, little by little. At the end of the day, Bales has found joy and fulfillment in sharing his songs, and therefore himself, with the world. “It’s all real. None of it’s just made up,” he explains. “Everything I write about is exactly how I feel.” With his debut EP NOMAD under his belt, along with his incredible knack for songwriting, charismatic persona, drive to succeed, and his ability to relate to his listeners, Braden Bales has found his role as one of pop’s most exciting newcomers.


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