Werner Bekker is a true creative and believes that art should not be compromised for commercial purposes. Trusting in his unique ability to construct a song able to pull at the heartstrings of thousands of people across every age, race, gender and social status, the South African singer-songwriter continues to break down the shackles of preconceived societal norms with his commanding musical compositions.
His new single ‘I’m With You’ is a crucible of the heart – the beautiful sounds of cello complementing his distinguished heartfelt lyrics and folk guitar licks.
The song comes as a follow-up single to his first quarter release ‘Alive Again’, which garnered the attention of industry heavyweights and saw him join top festival line-ups, such as Splashy Fen, Mieliepop, Lush Festival and the Free State Folk Festival. The Johannesburg-based performer will also make his Oppikoppi debut in August this year.
The video for ‘Alive Again’ was released in March 2018, to great acclaim and has already surpassed 27 500 views. Werner once again teamed up with cinematographers Wilhelm van der Westhuizen and Jan Olivier to produce another awe-inspiring visual component to his new single.
Once more, the folk artist has drawn inspiration from his personal experiences, producing what he calls “a heartfelt waltz”. The song is pure lyrical poetry and acts as a metaphor for a love relationship. What can we say? The singer is undoubtedly a hopeless romantic.
He explains, “The song is about an old car giving up on you. It acts as a metaphor for a broken relationship. It deals with all of the phases generally experienced when going through a break up such as denial, anger and hope to name a few. This song is a complex crucible of emotion that tugs at the heartstrings. I don’t know how the public will react but I can truly say that this is one of my favourite songs. Deon and Ruan [album producers] helped me achieve a Damien Rice sound on the recording, which is something I’ve strived to achieve for a long time. I chose this as my follow up single because it represents the emotion, tone and style that I most want to pursue; heartfelt, lyrical and vocally driven.
Werner Bekker is a full-time musician with five years experience in songwriting, composition, performance and teaching music. Growing up with creative parents, Werner joined his father on the road at an early age, music ingrained into his existence. He went on to study music at the Campus of Performing arts and has since written music for various artists, as well as for film.
Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz and Ben Howard, Werner is known for his unique storytelling through acoustic driven folk pop.
In 2015, he independently recorded and released his debut EP Lalaith, followed by A Northern Summer in 2017. Last year, his internationally acclaimed single ‘Run’ was selected to be part of the BalconyTV Compilation CD.
Werner has shared a stage with major South African acts, including Shortstraw, Man as Machine, The Parlotones, Desmond and the Tutus, Rubber Duc and many more.