Song Premiere: Kevin Garrett’s “Refuse”

music for the soul

Brooklyn-based, Pittsburgh-born singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett is Roc Nation's top-secret weapon. The contemporary R&B artist's voice falls somewhere between James Blake, Sam Smith, and James Vincent McMorrow. Six months ago, Garrett released his debut Mellow Drama EP, which featured the critically acclaimed single, "Coloring." His sound aches with raw emotion, but at the same time refrains from being too overwhelming on the senses. We're thrilled to premiere Garrett's new single "Refuse," a soulful, piano-driven ballad that slowly unravels, like the layers around your heart.

"I wrote 'Refuse' a little while ago as I was developing my sound," Garrett told 


in an email. "It's about growing up and not worrying about anybody's opinion. I wanted to give people a taste of what I've been working on since

Mellow Drama,

and to let everyone know I'm not going anywhere." 

"Refuse" will be officially released on October 23, but you can stream the single now. Also, catch Kevin Garrett on the road solo or with X Ambassadors at the tour dates, below.

Upcoming Tour Dates 

October 22: The Bowery Ballroom @ New York, NY 

October 23: Music Hall of Williamsburg @ Brooklyn, NY

October 24: Royale @ Boston, MA 

October 25: The Electric Factory @  Philadelphia, PA 

October 27:  The National @ Richmond, VA

October 28: Haw River Ballroom @ Saxapahaw, NC 

October 30: Saturn Birmingham @ Birmingham, AL

November 1: Marathon Music Works @ Nashville, TN 

November 3: Lincoln Hall @ Chicago, IL 

November 4: Mill City Nights @ Minneapolis, MN

November 6: Wooly's @ Des Moines, IA 

November 7: Arvest Bank Theatre @ Kansas City, MO 

November 9:  Cambridge Room, House of Blues @ Dallas, TX

November 10: Cambridge Room, House of Blues @ Dallas, TX 

November 11: Scoot Inn @ Austin, TX 

November 13: The Rock @ Tucson, AZ

November 14: Fonda Theatre @ Hollywood, CA 

November 15: The North Park Theater @ San Diego, CA 

November 16:  Bardot @ Hollywood, CA

November 18:  Lost Lake Lounge @ Denver, CO

November 19: Reverb Lounge @ Omaha, NE

November 20: Tonic Room @ Chicago, IL

November 21:  Beachland Tavern @ Cleveland, OH