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Polymathic Actor, Recording Artist, and Filmmaker Amir Royale Releases New Single “Phonics” (feat. Sydney Palmer and Declan Sheehy-Moss)

Mr. Disney Dilla’s Latest Soulful Jazz-Pop Earworm Urges Empathy

NEW YORK — Friday, January 20th, 2023 — Amir Royale, a polymathic actor, recording artist, filmmaker, and entertainment entrepreneur, released his new single “Phonics” featuring Sydney Palmer and Declan Sheehy-Moss, which sheds light on the failure of society to empathize with others. 

Click here to listen to “Phonics.”

“Phonics” is a soulful, electronic pop-jazz duet written and performed by Royale and the miraculously exquisite Sydney Kate Palmer (an up-and-coming pop-star vocalist from Plymouth, Massachusetts), over a catchy “hip-pop” beat infused with jazzy saxophone accompaniment and arrangements from NYC-based master musician, young Declan Sheehy-Moss. In the record, Royale calls out the status quo of shunning others within society without truly trying to comprehend them first – aiming to compel listeners to make a true final effort in seeing our world from each other’s perspectives and not simply one’s own. As per usual, “Phonics” sets forth another passionately moving and introspective slap by Mr. Disney Dilla himself. 

“People don’t really want to learn how to talk to anyone these days. At least I don’t think so,” Royale said. “They only seem to care about you learning to speak their own language first and foremost — them happening to learn yours in return barely ends up on their list of priorities. And maybe they’ll never care, you know?”

In addition to performing the record, Royale routinely completed various aspects during the musical creation of “Phonics,” including being the lead composer, songwriter, melodist, producer, arranger, as well as mixing and mastering engineer of the record. “Phonics” was predominantly recorded, produced, mixed and mastered at Splendor Palaces Screen & SoundWorks (Royale’s home studio in Saint Albans, Queens). Sydney and Declan’s performances on “Phonics” were recorded respectively by them both in their own hometowns (Plymouth, MA and Manhattan, NY). The promotional artwork for “Phonics” was originally imagined by Royale and realized by Dylan Assed of Eraser People 408 Productions (a 2021 graduate of the renown Visual Arts University SVA NYC). The cover design for “Phonics” also sees a return of collaborative oversight with Royale from New York based visual arts conglomerate SPECTRUMM Animations.

“Phonics” follows the release of Royale’s 5-track Stories of the Lost, Rich & Tormented EP in December 2022, certified dance banger “For A Day” in February 2022, the thought-provoking masterpiece “Paradox” in Spring 2021, and a flurry of releases in 2020, such as Royale’s debut horror/comedy short film Les Poissons Morts, the “hip-pop” infused electronic hit “Turnin You Out” (which was a collaboration with fellow NJ/NY polymath and pop singer-songwriter/producer DOMENICO). Prior to that, Royale re-released his debut 2015 mixtape Magnificent, released the surreal short film drama Please Stop Calling Me (starring A Beautiful Noise Broadway star Kalonjee Gallimore), and acted in the comedy sitcom podcast NEXT STOP. Royale also dropped the soulful hip-hop record “Hold it Down (Freestyle),” and his debut emotional single “People Say” back during the early months of 2020.


artwork by:
Dylan Assed

composed by:
Amir Angelo Oliver

lyrics by:
Amir Angelo Oliver

performed by:
Amir Royale, Sydney Palmer & Declan Sheehy-Moss

exec. produced by:
Prince Royale & Amir Royale

produced by:
Amir Royale

instruments –
saxophone: Declan Sheehy-Moss

arranged by:
Amir Royale

vocal arrangements by:
Amir Royale & Sydney Palmer

horn arrangements by:
Declan Sheehy-Moss & Amir Royale

engineered by:
Amir Royale, Sydney Palmer & Declan Sheehy-Moss

mixed by:
Amir Royale

mastered by:
Amir Royale

recorded, mixed & mastered at: ↓
Splendor Palaces Screen & SoundWorks (Saint Albans, NY)

musical key:
Ab minor