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Discover Vancouver-Based RnB Powerhouse Tissa Rahim "Before Someone Else Does"


Vancouver musician Tissa Rahim has released her latest track, “Before Someone Else Does,” bringing the Persian Powerhouse to the forefront of the Soul/RnB scene. It’s a mild departure from Rahim’s typical RnB sound, but she maintains her powerhouse vocals and emotional performance while explaining to her theoretical partner that he’s had his final warning.

“Ain’t asking for too much need to measure up

Or this love won’t feel like love

Try a little harder baby

Before someone else does”

“Before Someone Else Does” marks the first release in the collaboration between Rahim and Alvin Brendan, who began writing together during the pandemic. Like other musicians around the world, the two had trouble finding opportunities to perform together, so they turned to an alternate outlet for their creativity.

Inspired by a shared love for soul rock music artists like Alabama Shakes and Lake Street Drive, the duo of Rahim and Brendan used those influences to conjure “Someone Else Does.”

Thanks to funding from Creative BC’s Amplify Career Development grant, this release is accompanied by a live music video filmed at Vancouver’s Rain City Recorders by Sina Moazzenizadeh and his team. The video features Rahim’s band, with Brendan on guitar, Brennan Buglioni on drums, and Brayson Wong on bass.

“Before Someone Else Does” is far from Rahim’s first dent in music. Its release comes right as the musician is fresh off a tour of the West Coast. She has performed at House of Blues in New Orleans, the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, and Vancouver’s quintessential jazz and soul club, Guilt and Co. Named one of 24 Magazine’s “Top 24 Under 24,” Rahim is versatile as a musician, performing as a solo act up to a six-piece band.

She also takes great influence from her history. As a solo artist, Rahim enjoys the freedom to explore her effortless Soul/RnB sound infused with the traditional Persian music her family has made for generations. The musician has even led workshops on how her Middle Eastern roots have influenced her contemporary songwriting.


This release is Rahim’s second so far in 2023, a follow up to January’s “Done, Done, Done” featuring Dominique Fricot. Since 2019, the Persian Powerhouse has built up an enticing catalog as a solo artist, consisting of digital releases, videos, and collaborations with artists in Vancouver and beyond.

Forever moving, Rahim is already back in the recording studio cooking up more creativity to continue her momentum in the music world, with funding from Creative BC, FACTOR, and SOCAN.


“Someone Else Does”

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