Toronto singer/songwriter Ohara is gearing up to release his debut self-titled project to the world and we've the whole thing for you to check out.

The seven-track EP features recently released single 'Fire', a song that resonates with audiences due to Ohara’s rich, husky vocals, backed by soulful production. It’s rare that a new singer is able to assimilate multiple musical influences while still maintaining a sound that is remarkably fresh. Ohara is undeniably one of those artists.

To celebrate the project, Ohara and his team combined forces with Hennessy and Jordan brand to host a listening party for his forthcoming release. The night was a curated experience, focusing on the emotional connection between music and visual art. The listening party featured multiple 4-dimensional visual installations, composed by talented Toronto artist, Timothy Yannick Hunter. Through the use of photo and video the two artists created an audio and visual experience that you can feel, rejuvenating the crowd with a new dimension of artistic expression.

And in addition to listening to Ohara’s new EP, you can read the conversation I had with Ohara about his life, his career and new project. You can also catch Ohara performing live at Toronto’s Opera House this Thursday.

Stream OHARA below.

When did you start making music and what made you pursue it the way you do now?

I’ve been making music since as far back as I can remember. My father was in a band, and my earliest memories as a child are filled with people coming to our house and playing/making music. So, I think it happened naturally. I started taking it seriously when I realised I could sing and people enjoyed it. I was rapping for most of my teenage years and took the steps towards singing around age 18/19. The fact that I could say some cold shit, but in a way that would make anybody and everybody listen to it, really got my attention.

Growing up, who were the artists that you gravitated towards that really influenced you?

Probably the biggest one would be (and still is) Bob Marley. But with that said, I was also very drawn towards the likes of 50, OutKast, Marvin, MJ, Prince, Hendrix, Jay-Z... the list goes on.

Where did you grow up? If in Toronto, where so? And how was it growing up in this area for you and how did it add to your music?

I grew up all over, but most of what I remember was here in Toronto. We moved here when I was about 5 or 6. Most of the places we lived were just across the valley on the east end of downtown. East enough that people from the west-end would call it the east-end, but west enough that heads from the east-end would call it downtown. It was a really interesting experience because it’s one of the few places in the city where you are really exposed to every walk of life. This is something I hold with great value in my heart. Cause a lot of what I learned was on the city streets, but my exposure to other people and situations has given me the ability to hold my own under any circumstance. Whether positive or negative, doesn’t matter.

Now tell me about the content of music you've released over the years and how that has shaped this new EP? How would you describe your sound?

My music is true to me and the people I keep close. It’s a direct representation of what we’ve experienced thus far. However, I more so try to dance on the subjects of love and light, because we’re all dealing with our own problems so I try to not talk too much about mine. As for my sound, it’s a voice of the people. I talk about real things that we’ve all dealt with or know someone who has gone through it, there’s no image to this shit, what you see is genuine and because of that, I feel like people are starting to gravitate towards what we’re doing. On top of the music, it’s something they can relate to.

How were you feeling during the listening party and how did it feel for you to be in a room with people hearing your new music?

I’ve sacrificed a lot for this shit man. Relationships, family dynamics, money, time, sleep, the list goes on. If I had to describe how I was feeling the night of the release party in one word it would be, grateful. I’m grateful to have the people around me that I do, I’m grateful to be alive, and most of all I’m grateful that I’ve made it to the place now, where the world gets to hear what I’ve dedicated so much of myself to.

What more can be expected from you in 2018?

We’re just getting started baby.