Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter Faouzia, 20, and American singer John Legend, 42, have dropped a new music video for the recently released single Minefields.
Featuring the musical duo playing a piano in a Californian field, surrounded by water and singing amid a glorious sunrise, the video was released on Faouzia's YouTube channel on Thursday. It clocked up 238,709 views in 17 hours.
Directed by Emmy-award winner Kyle Cogan, the two singers met in person for the first time during the shoot of the video, as the track has been recorded remotely. Faouzia said working with Legend was an "incredible experience".
The pair shot the video in two locations in California, first at Bonelli park in San Dimas, then at Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley. Minefields was co-written by Faouzia with Sam Martin, Ali Tamposi, Johnny Goldstein and Jacob Kasher. The song is about navigating the trials and tribulations of a star-crossed love affair.
The powerful music video ends with a dedication to Ryan Brady, Atlantic Records' VP of marketing, who was killed in a car accident at age 34, in Los Angeles in December.
Who is Faouzia?
The talented singer counts the recently announced DJ Mag world number one DJ David Guetta as a fan.
Born in Casablanca before moving to Canada at the age of 5, Faouzia (full name Faouzia Ouihya) showcased her talent when she scooped the 2015 Song of the Year Award at the Canadian music competition La Chican Electrique.
Her rising clout caught the ears of Guetta, who enlisted her to perform on the song Battle for his 2018 album 7.
Since then, Faouzia has gone on to perform numerous club sets and recorded her debut EP, Stripped. Released in August, it contains piano ballad versions of previously released singles, including How it All Works Out and Bad Dreams.
In describing her talent, Guetta told French newspaper Le Matin that Faouzia has a voice of her own.
"It is very powerful and with a particular style," he said. "She also has a very special vibrato. It's great to be able to use the credibility I have in music to be able to showcase other people's talent."