Kicking off the new year, Clara Benin graces the Soundwave stage with a special performance of “small town” alongside fellow Filipino act and long time collaborator Gabba.

“small town” comes as part of Benin’s sophomore album, befriending my tears where she brings to life intimate stories of loss, doubt, and reassurance. Listed as one of Billboard Philippinestop albums of 2023, the record also features tracks “keep still” and “imposter syndrome” that highlights the singer’s warm and inviting soundscape.

@billboardphofficial Billboard Philippines welcomes the new year with #ClaraBenin and an enchanting performance of her track ‘“small town.” The folk artist’s single from her latest record, “befriending my tears,” is a song of self rediscovery and hope for a new beginning. #BillboardPH #BillboardPhilippines #TikTokMusikat #ClaraBeninforBillboardPH @clarabeninmusic ♬ original sound – Billboard Philippines

Known for her gentle stories on growth and acceptance, Benin is most known for tracks like “Parallel Universe” and “Tila”. In the past, she worked with notable acts from across the region including Charlie Lim and Gentle Bones.

She comes as the latest guest on Billboard Philippines Soundwave, most recently following Toneejay with his acoustic rendition of “711”. In the past, the TikTok-exclusive show has also seen the likes of SB19, DENY, Johnoy Danao, and more.