Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX student Moira Bren giving back to her community with second single 'Afraid of Your Heart' off debut EP

May 29th, 2020
Moira Bren

On May 15th, StFX student Moira MacMullin—known as Moira Bren—released the second single off her upcoming debut EP '6 Is Green,' which is due out late summer.

And in doing so, she wanted to support her local community.

Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the single, ‘Afraid of Your Heart’ will be donated to The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, an organization that provides services and programs for women in need.

‘Afraid of Your Heart' is a musical dichotomy, says Ms. MacMullin, who is going into her fourth year at StFX taking a BA in psychology with a minor in music. Last school year she was music director at the campus radio station, CFXU 93.3 The Fox, and she will be music coordinator this coming year. While the song sounds happy and upbeat with airy harmonies and bright ukulele, she says the lyrics are quite the opposite as they describe an individual’s intense fear of someone in their life.

"Since I wrote this song from the perspective of someone in an abusive relationship, I decided that I should donate half of the proceeds made from the song to The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, an organization that provides services and programs for women in need,” she says. “I am fortunate enough to have never been in a situation like this, but I know many women have and are experiencing situations like this right now. Rates of domestic violence against women are rising during this lockdown and they need our support."

Ms. MacMullin, whose song ‘Wish,’ her first release as a solo artist, reached #1 on the EastCoast Countdown in Dec. 2018 and garnered over 350k Spotify streams, says ‘Afraid of Your Heart’ is one of the quickest songs she has ever written.

“The melody came to me super-fast and the lyrics came right along with them.”

Response to the single has been good. “… well it sounds delightful – ukulele playing, wonderful harmonies, an upbeat kinda bouncy song – on the surface. But if you lean in and listen to the lyrics there’s a story of fear coming from Moira Bren,” says Bill Roach, CBC East Coast Music Hour. “Very catchy.”

Already since its release, the song has had over 10,000 Spotify streams.

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