Toronto-Based Singer-Songwriter Devon Cole Shares Emotionally Charged New Single & Music Video
By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Lauren Wade.
Toronto-based alt-pop singer-songwriter Devon Cole shares an emotionally charged new single and music video entitled “1-800-GOT-STRESS” via Arista Records.
In the track, Devon reveals a vulnerable side as she wrestles with anxiety. She adds, “’1-800-GOT-STRESS’ is a song about feeling helpless and lost. I’ve struggled with anxiety throughout my life, and there are times when I’ve been unbelievably low. Now that I’m older, I’ve got a better handle on how to cope—and meds help—but there were times in my early teens and in university where I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that’s a really scary feeling. So, I wanted to create a song that conveys those feelings of helplessness. All I needed in those times of mental struggle was to feel seen. I hope people who listen feel seen.”
In the accompanying visual directed by Columinati Films, Devon wanders empty streets evocative of a classic film as she sings in the back of a cab and inside of a phone booth while billboards with “1-800-GOT-STRESS” watch over her.
“1-800-GOT-STRESS” picks up where Devon left off on the starkly honest “Call U After Rehab.” The track has drummed up much critical acclaim. Raydar Magazine proclaimed, “Her candor and vulnerability will undoubtedly resonate with listeners who can relate to the broader theme of self-care in their own lives,” while Pop Dust raved, “She has one of the more versatile voices in pop music,” and V Magazine touted it in “V’s New Music Roundup” and dubbed it “self-reflective.”
Devon will also be on tour in Canada throughout the summer, headlining the King City Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival and on the lineup for the Sound Of Music Festival, before performances at Toronto Pride and opening for Bedouin Soundclash at Wasaga Beach. See full tour itinerary below with U.S. tour dates coming soon.
Catchily packaging social truths in repeat worthy bops, 24-year-old Devon Cole has emerged as an enigmatic and engaging force to be reckoned with over the past year. Her viral single “W.I.T.C.H.” (Woman in Total Control of Herself) has eclipsed over 80 million streams. Following this success, she released the endlessly catchy sex-positive anthem “Hey Cowboy.”
Since signing to Arista Records in 2022, Devon has reached the precipice of a major breakthrough. She has already amassed millions of streams across her repertoire, received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, V Magazine, Bustle, and Earmilk, and was nominated for ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year’ at the 2023 Juno Awards and Favorite Breakout Artist’ at the 2023 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
June 10 – King City, ON @ King City Craft Beer Fest
June 17 – Burlington, ON @ Sound Of Music Festival
June 23 – Toronto, ON @ Yonge & Dundas
July 1 – Wasaga Beach, ON @ Wasaga Beach Canada Day