Madison McFerrin – (Please Don’t) Leave Me Now

Photo / Justin French

Highly acclaimed US soul starlet Madison McFerrin begins her year with a captivating new single and some equally arresting accompanying visuals.

‘(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now’ is taken from forthcoming debut album ‘I Hope You Can Forgive Me’ (out 12th May, pre-order here), and was written following a highly serious car accident that McFerrin was involved in.

“Being able to walk away from a near-death experience without physical harm is one of the greatest blessings I’ve received in this life. It reaffirmed my purpose as an artist. Writing ‘(Please Don’t) Leave Me Now’ became an incredibly therapeutic and cathartic experience. Being able to express that kind of fear while still creating a fun environment was key to making this song. 

Death showed up in more ways than one in the process of making this video. In the weeks leading up to the shoot, multiple family members on the production side passed unexpectedly, bringing our plans to a halt. The fate of the video was in flux. Thanks to the tenacity of my team, we were able to regroup and move forward, albeit with a delay.”

Elaborating on the visuals for the song, McFerrin explains:

“For the video, we wanted to capture the feeling of not being prepared to die. I’m talking to myself both above and within the grave, grieving both who I was and who I could be. I didn’t expect being in a grave for multiple hours in a day would affect me, but it definitely contributed to my journey in processing a near-death experience. This song and video are a manifestation of my own personal growth as not only a musician, but as a human.”

Coinciding with the release of the album, McFerrin will embark on a nationwide tour across the US, with a couple of international stops in the Netherlands and UK. Dates are below, and tickets can be found here.

Madison McFerrin


  • May 20 – Artyard, Frenchtown, NJ
  • June 1 – Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
  • June 2 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA
  • June 4 – Hult Center, Eugene, OR
  • June 5 – Doug Fir, Portland, OR
  • June 13  – Sleeping Village, Chicago, IL
  • June 15 – Rambling House, Columbus, OH
  • June 23  – Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD 
  • June 24 – Love, Velma, Ellenville, NY
  • June 25  – The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
  • June 29 – Elsewhere Zone One, Brooklyn, NY
  • July 9 – North Sea Jazz Fest, NL
  • August 10 – 13 – We Out Here Fest, UK