London-based singer-songwriter MEI (aka Mercy Welbeck) has unleashed new single Steppin, her debut release through Lapsang House. A bassist/vocalist with roots buried deep in soul, afrobeat, hip-hop and jazz, MEI has weaved an intricate patchwork of sounds on her latest single. Following the self-release of her debut track, Sandstorm, at the start of 2017, ‘Steppin’ is the first snapshot of a new chapter for MEI as she readies a full body of material for 2018.

MEI’s was first introduced to the soul music that influences her sound when she began singing in a church choir at the age of 11, but it wasn’t until a decade later, studying music with her future collaborators, that her passion truly blossomed. Given the name MEI (Chinese for ‘beauty’) by her Mandarin teacher, unaware of the importance it would have in years to come, she went on to sing backing vocals alongside Brian Eno and Karl Hyde on Later… with Jools Holland as well as supporting Little Simz at her Roundhouse Rising Festival with LVNA earlier this year. MEI is now taking centre stage for her latest project, but with a newfound network of creators around her, she may finally be stepping out on her own but there’s a small army of belief in her talent, eager to share her music with a new audience.