Premiere: The Irresistible Warmth of Common Kings’ “Today’s A New Day” (ft. ¡Mayday!)

Today's A New Day - Common Kings, MayDay
An infectious burst of warmth and shine, Common Kings’ new single “Today’s A New Day” (feat. ¡Mayday!) promises to lift you up and put a smile on your face.

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Don’t let the past control the path that’s here today.” It’s an inspiring mantra to live by, and an equally powerful lyric. Arriving with an infectious burst of warmth and shine, Common Kings’ cheerful new single “Today’s A New Day” (ft. ¡Mayday!) promises to lift you up and put a smile on your face.

When it feels like all you had was yesterday
Don’t you worry, don’t you worry about a thing
Might not believe me, but trust me when I say
Today’s a new day, a new day, new day
“Today’s A New Day” – Common Kings ft. ¡Mayday!

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Today’s A New Day,” the third single in a monthly string of collaborative releases that have so far featured Don Corleon (“Cali Girl”) and Matisyahu (“Broken Crowns”). This time around, Common Kings have teamed up with renouned Miami hip-hop group ¡Mayday! to deliver an irresistible ode to positive thinking and optimism. Boasting a lively reggae beat with smooth, pop-friendly R&B undertones, “Today’s A New Day” is dynamic, spirited, and damn near catchy enough to brighten the darkest of clouds.

Today's A New Day - Common Kings, MayDay

Today’s A New Day – Common Kings, MayDay

The song also couldn’t come at a better time for Common Kings, who have a lot to celebrate and be grateful for: Their debut album Lost In Paradise (released February 2017 via Island Empire Records) just received a well-earned GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album. It would seem the stars are all aligning for the Orange County, California-based group, making it all the more fitting for their next song to be one that gives back – and “Today’s A New Day” most certainly does.

Lead singer Sasualei “Jr King” Maliga opens the song with an impassioned croon: “When it feels like all you had was yesterday, don’t you worry, don’t you worry about a thing,” he advises us, pushing all the emotion in the world into this singular moment. “Might not believe me, but trust me when I say: Today’s a new day, a new day, new day.” So begins Common Kings’ journey toward spiritual enlightenment.

Their message is simple; it’s one you’ve heard countless times before, from loved ones and friends, coworkers, and maybe even strangers. Yet Common Kings’ delivery lends this age-old adage a fresh twist, and so as the guitars pop and the drums pulse a head-bobbing rhythm, we find ourselves more open than normal to change.

¡MayDay! rappers Bernz and Ben Miller (Wrekonize) lend their own upbeat words of wisdom in the song’s extended third verse, each capturing his own serene space and evoking it with effortless ease:

Baby, it’s a new day
Let’s go make a movie
But before we turn up
Let’s take a moment to tune in
Yesterday was rough
and I woke up needing a mood change
So let’s chase the sun
And then at night we’ll do a moon dance
Common Kings © 2017

Common Kings © 2017

Throughout “Today’s A New Day,” both Common Kings and ¡MayDay! remind us to look forward, not backward; to embrace what we have, and make the most of every moment; and to believe in the hope of a brighter, better tomorrow. Don’t let the past control the path that’s here today. Every morning is something new, full of limitless potential and possibility.

Stream “Today’s A New Day” ahead of its release via Atwood Magazine, and make sure to seize the day, cherish your life, and share that warmth with those around you. A special congratulations to Common Kings for the GRAMMY nomination; don’t miss the band on tour this fall with Matisyahu! Dates below.

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Today's A New Day - Common Kings, MayDay

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:: Common Kings Tour 2017 ::

11/30 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
12/01 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Lounge
12/02 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
12/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
12/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/07 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
12/09 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
12/12 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
12/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
12/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
12/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
12/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
12/21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
12/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
12/23 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
more info @ CommonKings.com

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York’s many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch’s words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing.
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