Ardn Releases New Single: Shine (With Sir)
Before the release of EP Bronze Age, Ardn teams up with Sir on the new single Shine.
On “Shine,” ARDN and TDE artist SiR skillfully weave boxing metaphors and conquer hurdles, radiating effortless verse. The collaboration unfolds against smooth R&B tones, creating a laid-back atmosphere that perfectly complements their bold declarations of strength and unyielding determination.
“’SHINE covers’ how, despite the fact both of us have gone through our respective life challenges, we’ve managed to rise above,” says ARDN. “Through literal and metaphorical references to fighting — whether it’s fighting for something you believe in, fighting for approval, or fighting to literally defend yourself — it’s those instances that have left us with no choice but to sharpen the sword and hone in on our skill, which in turn has made us as resilient as ever.”
The Canadian-raised, South African-born singer/songwriter paves his own lane through honest storytelling and melodic flow. Influenced by the likes of J.Cole, Smino, and Anderson .Paak, ARDN got his big break when a snippet of “Til The Morning” went viral on TikTok in 2022. Since then, the 23-year-old newcomer has embarked on a Canadian/European tour with Isaiah Rashad, garnered more than 10 million TikTok views and soundtracked over 240K “creates.” His music quickly spread across the internet and ARDN now boasts more than 461K monthly Spotify listeners as well as more than 22 million total streams across platforms.
For ARDN, the title of his upcoming EP The Bronze Age has multiple meanings. His given name, Ardon, translates to “bronze” in Hebrew, and he likes the historical parallel, referencing the period of ancient history when civilization went through a huge technological shift. “I want The Bronze Age to be revolutionary,” he says. “I want to have the same impact musically.” ARDN’s years spent experimenting and honing his craft behind closed doors before he let the world hear his music, have given him a steadfast belief in himself as he takes to stages to perform around the world, and ushers in the beginning of his own new era.
Over the course of his burgeoning career, the 23-year-old Canadian artist’s lush hip-hop songs, often built around live instrumentation and slow-rolling grooves, have served as a soundtrack to his coming of age, tackling the emotional subjects of familial expectations, relationships, and aspirations with remarkable maturity. After gaining viral traction on TikTok in 2022 with “Til the Morning,” a song dealing with his anxiety and depression, he’s racked up more than 22 million streams across platforms and supported Isaiah Rashad on tours across Canada and Europe. ARDN is preparing the release of his forthcoming The Bronze Age EP on Capitol Records, confident in his artistry yet knowing he still has a point to prove.
Born in South Africa to Burundian parents and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, ARDN felt the pressure from his family to achieve academically as a first-generation kid. Instead of diving headfirst into music at the first sign of success, he put his budding career on hold while attending university. After a year of school, he made his own decision to forego classes for the next semester, instead focusing on creating his second mixtape, Alien, named after the designation on his South African birth certificate.