Mariah McManus On 'World Cafe: Next' : World Cafe At 19, the singer has the kind of voice that L.A. producers pull all-nighters to replicate.
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Mariah McManus On 'World Cafe: Next'

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Mariah McManus On 'World Cafe: Next'

Mariah McManus On 'World Cafe: Next'

Mariah McManus On 'World Cafe: Next'

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Playlist

  • "Say It Again"
  • "Shame On You"

At 19, Mariah McManus has the kind of voice that L.A. producers pull all-nighters to replicate. Twinkling xylophone and resonant piano intersperse with 808 in "Say It Again," a love song which nuzzles somewhere between Taylor Swift's earnest puppy love and The Fray's "Over My Head," but without all the mess.

Similarly, the heartbreaker "Shame on You" gives McManus an opportunity to coo, whisper and let her voice carry the song. Her debut album, Nice to Meet You, is jam-packed with songs sure to get stuck in your head — hear these two on this installment of World Cafe: Next.

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