The Debut Album
WHEN I MET YOUR GIRLFRIEND
Out November 10
Tafari Anthony (pronounced: tah-far-eye) is a JUNO nominated Toronto-based pop singer-songwriter and producer. He has written and produced for many artists including Tanika Charles, Drag Race icons Priyanka and Katya, and The Fretless (Feat. Nuela Charles). As a solo artist, Tafari has self-released three EPs including The Way You See Me (2020) which was nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of The Year at the 2022 JUNO Awards. Alongside glowing reviews from Billboard and PAPER Magazine, Tafari was named a top 25 finalist in CBC Music’s Searchlight Competition in 2016 and in the same year his track “Know Better” was on CBC’s list of 100 Essential Songs. When I Met Your Girlfriend, Tafari’s debut full-length album and his first release on a label, is due out this Fall via 604 Records.
On When I Met Your Girlfriend, Tafari reintroduces himself. Across sixteen sweeping tracks co-produced by Tafari, he doesn’t shy away from his truth and as a result this is Tafari’s most confident and polished release yet. In his own words, “I’m unapologetically me.” When I Met Your Girlfriend is a record that puts queer love and relationships at the forefront. Drawing inspiration from his exploration of polyamory, Tafari reflects on love and his desires, relationships and situationships. But no matter who you are or what your relationship status is, you will find your own stories in this record.
Like relationships, these pop songs take many forms. “Falling Back” (co-produced with Derek Hoffman [Arkells, Silverstein, Donovan Woods] and Jodryn Woodside [Ria Mae]) is an up-tempo club ready track, “5:20 am (Just Text Me Back)” (co-produced with Hill Kourkoutis [Aysanabee, SATE, Digging Roots]) has a punkish edge, “Steady, Waiting, Hoping” (co-produced with Zach Cooper [Coheed and Cambria, Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, Moses Sumney]) is an impassioned ballad, and “You Could Have It” (co-produced with Colin Janz [Carly Rae Jepsen, Mathew V]) twinkles with an island flair. A constant is Tafari’s powerful voice. His expansive range and dynamic vocal texture paired with refreshingly blunt lyrics make listening to When I Met Your Girlfriend feel like having a conversation with a good friend who always tells it like it is.