Crescent is a ballad written in response to Fatherland. Conceptually, it addresses the topics of fatherhood and what it means to be a father but, in the wake of Shaquille’s father’s cancer diagnosis, the song evolved to portray an uplifting quality and address the spectrum of light and dark that life is. It does take some inspiration from Karl Hyde’s music both in the play, such as the anthemic chanting rhythms heard throughout, as well as Hyde’s external work, such as the ethereal qualities of ‘Cut Clouds’. Crescent was in a foetal stage even before joining the Creative50 but was only fully realised in a strenuous 5 day process of late night studio sessions, with dedicated people committing limited time to make this a reality.

You can read more about it at

Created by

Shaquille Rayes

Singer-songwriter / Musician

View Profile