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Ria Mae Reveals The Montreal Inspiration Behind ‘Clothes Off’

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Canadians have always known that our country was full of incredible musical talent, but with the recent success of artists like Shawn Mendes, Kiesza, and Alessia Cara, the world is seeing that we have more to offer beyond Drake and Justin Bieber.

East coast artist Ria Mae is part of the new wave of Canadian pop singers making waves outside of the Great Lakes, with her hit Clothes Off introducing Mae to music charts everywhere. Now spending time in LA to work on her songwriting, Ria admits her new surroundings are quite different from what she’s used to.

“LA is a crazy place when you’re from Halifax,” says Mae. “Everyone is in the industry down there. It’s a bit overwhelming. I took an Uber and the Uber driver was signed to Universal.”

Mae was in Toronto recently and caught up with Much’s Gaby Henderson and revealed that the inspiration behind her latest hit came from another famous Canadian city. A night out Montreal surrounded by the sexy residents inspired Mae to write Clothes Off in her hotel room. Created in just an hour, the song has now launched Mae into the spotlight.

Excited that the top three artists currently on Billboard are made up of fellow Canadians, Mae acknowledges the sense of camaraderie among artists from the Great White North trying to make it in America. “I think it’s just such a cool time for Canadian music. I think we are just supportive of each other, moreso than maybe the American scene.

With a song on the charts and a new record deal with Sony, does Mae feel ready to give herself a new label? “I don’t feel like a pop star,” says Ria, “but I feel happy that people are hearing my stuff.”

Check out Gaby’s full interview with Ria Mae below!