Yesterday, we got the news that Charles Hamilton has signed a new deal with Republic Records and is planning his comeback. He’s readying a release for later this year, and his single “New York Raining” features Rita Ora and will be included in the finale of Empire on March 18. Last night at Sayers Club in Los Angeles, Charles debuted the song. Watch above.

Charles’ show served as a re-introduction of sorts. He thanked his fans who have been with him since the beginning, and he explained that he’s going to be changing some things. “I decided I’m not gonna talk about Sonic too much in the mainstream,” Charles said before diving into the music.

Watch Charles introduce himself to the audience below:

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