NASHVILLE (March 24, 2021) — Maryland bred musician MNERVA is ready to see change surrounding the stigma of mental health, starting with the release of his new single “Stuck” on April 30th via all digital platforms. The song is the first of many musical projects for MNERVA in 2021, including his upcoming debut EP later this year. Inspired by musical influences in the rock, hip hop, and pop genres, MNERVA co-wrote the song with fellow musician Kory Shore, who also served as the track’s producer. The writing process for “Stuck” soon became an outlet for MNERVA’s frustrations while in an all time creative low during the quarantine created by the CoronaVirus pandemic. Samples of news reports start the song followed by the melodic beats and emotional lyrics that mirror the dejected feelings many experienced during this time.
The new single will be available on all digital platforms April 30th — Pre-save HERE
MNERVA opens up about his personal mental health struggles revealing he began quarantine by moving home but kept in high spirits before ultimately hitting a creative slump. “I hit the ground running and was the most productive I had been in years. But within two months, I had lost all of my momentum and found myself reliving the same day over and over again. Before I knew it, I stopped responding to my friends, became reclusive, and couldn’t even recognize the person I had become. I had never felt like more of a loser in my life.”
Realizing his mental health was taking a toll, MNERVA took solace in the familiar act of creating. “Writing this song was actually my first step to escaping the negative feedback loop and I started therapy soon afterward to finally get my life back on track. I really hope that people can relate to this song and I want them to know that there’s no shame in feeling trapped. What matters is how you take steps to keep pushing forward.”
MNERVA, also known as Matt Wagner, burst on the music scene in early 2020 with a bit of controversy surrounding his viral trailer for a musical based on the catalog of the band twenty one pilots. The project was soon defunct after receiving a cease and desist letter, however, this did not discourage MNERVA from continuing to create and perform. A drummer from a young age, he worked as a hired gun before releasing a handful of singles throughout 2020.
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In 2020, MNERVA hit the music scene with one goal, to turn the conventional wisdom of hip hop on its head. With his witty lyrics, sharp punchlines, and quirky production, MNERVA has forged his own lane in Hip Hop by fusing his rock, trap, and musical theatre influences into a cohesive sound. Originally hailing from Germantown, Maryland, MNERVA moved to Nashville in 2015 to hone his craft and became a part of the Nashville music scene by playing drums for various pop artists. He also improved his artistry by writing a jukebox musical based on the catalogue of one his biggest influences, Twenty One Pilots, and released a trailer of the show to viral success. Despite facing numerous obstacles, MNERVA released five successful singles during 2020 and is currently finishing up his debut EP, “Talk Too Much.” He can’t wait to share his story through these new songs and finally cement his sound as an artist.
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