Rising R&B sensation Adrian Marcel is thrilled to announce the release of his latest single, Lovin Me, from his highly anticipated project, RNBAY SZN, set to drop on Friday, July 12th via RnBay Music Collective. Download / Stream here

The new single is a testament to Marcel‘s extraordinary vocal ability and his commitment to highlight the versatility within the emerging RNBAY genre, a unique blend of R&B influenced by the rich musical culture of the Bay Area. The track features smooth vocals, vibrant musicality, a player groove, and an undeniable SLAP that promises to resonate with fans old and new. Marcel recounts the random moment when he stumbled upon the beat creation process on Sonny B.’s Instagram Live, immediately recognizing its potential, “I told him to STOP immediately and bring it to the studio so we could pen it!” The rest, as they say, is history.

Lovin Me showcases a stellar collaboration between Adrian Marcel and Sonny B., who share credit for the songwriting alongside LA-based songwriter Ryn Nicole. With Sonny B‘s production, the track features contributions from renowned Bay Area musicians, including Anthony Francisco on guitar and Pasely on solo keys, adding layers of authenticity and richness to the sound. This collaborative effort highlights the deep-rooted talent and camaraderie within the Bay Area music scene as Marcel and his team strive to create a sound that pays homage to their musical heritage while offering something fresh and compelling.

As an intricate piece of the RNBAY genre, Lovin Me delves into themes of unwavering love and masculine vulnerability, a subject Marcel passionately explores in his music. The song resonates with listeners who appreciate the complexities of long-term relationships and the emotional depth involved in expressing insecurities. “Through all your sacrifice, you stood by my side, but still, I can’t help wondering if you’re still in love with me,” sings Marcel, striking a chord with both single individuals and those in committed relationships. Lovin Me is set to become the next Cook Out favorite, a soulful anthem that speaks to the heart and spirit of its audience. By incorporating local vernacular and exploring themes of love and life, Marcel and Sonny B. have crafted a collection that invites listeners to experience the Bay Area’s distinct approach to R&B. 

Get ready to experience the full spectrum of this Bay Area-born sound when RNBAY SZN drops on July 12th. Adrian Marcel is set to make waves in the music world, solidifying his place as a pioneer of the RNBAY genre.


East Oakland’s own Adrian Marcel is solidifying himself as an R&B chameleon whose smooth and sultry sonics pair seamlessly with his boldness and emotional bravery. With an across-the-board artistic upbringing and versatile Bay Area cultivation, Marcel’s organically resonant work provides palatability and relatability, allowing fans to feel seen and heard regardless of where they’re from or who they are. His work primarily pertains to the importance and power of passionate love, a topical testament to his generation-spanning influences such as Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Ginuwine, and Maxwell. A graduate of the prestigious Oakland School For the Arts, Marcel’s attraction to music became paramount to his being early on.

Under the tutelage and direction of his mentor, Grammy-winning R&B singer Raphael Saadiq, Marcel developed a following thanks to a steady string of projects in the mid-2010s, which featured musical assistance from significant acts like Kelly Rowland and rappers Wale and Too $ Hort. His debut mixtape, 2013’s 7 Days Of WEAK, was released under Universal Republic Records and featured production by the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Beatroc, and more. The seven-song effort introduced fans to the open, emotionally driven lyricist Marcel continues to be. Shortly after, he notched his first platinum-selling single, “2 AM,” a trap-influenced rhythmic banger with accompaniment by rapper Sage The Gemini, and found himself on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart for ten weeks in 2015, thanks to his rap-sung single “Take Your Time.”


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