After Calm users can’t find Harry Styles’ lullaby, the app is ‘working on a fix’
Dreams do come true.
Harry Styles fans now can fall asleep to the sound of the singer-songwriter‘s husky voice, thanks to the Calm app, which has partnered with Styles for a new Sleep Story.
“Sleep and meditation are a huge part of my routine, whether I’m at home, in the studio or out on the road,” Styles said in a statement Wednesday.
“Rest and recovery is as important as doing the work. Finding a balance has been endlessly beneficial to both my physical and mental health. It’s changed my life. I’m so happy to be collaborating with Calm at a time when the world needs all the healing it can get. Treat people with kindness.”
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Titled “Dream With Me,” the 30-minute sleep story is narrated by Styles, whose soothing vocals established him as a breakout star of the English-Irish boy band One Direction in the early 2010s. He launched his sophomore solo album, “Fine Line,” in December 2019 before postponing his North American tour to summer 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hello, I’m Harry Styles,” the “Watermelon Sugar” artist says in his Cheshire accent for Monday’s Twitter preview of the Sleep Story, which has amassed more than 112,000 likes, 48,000 retweets and 7,000 replies from eager fans.
As late as Wednesday afternoon, however, the Calm app appeared to be having some technical difficulties, and many were unable to access Styles’ recording. When trying to refresh the Sleep Stories feature, an error message popped up explaining that the app was “temporarily unavailable.”
“We’re aware that Calm is unavailable for some users, and we’re actively working on a fix,” a spokeswoman for Calm told The Times Wednesday. “Keep an eye on our social channels for updates. All of our users will be able to #DreamWithHarry soon. We appreciate your patience!”
The Calm app is designed to improve users’ sleep and mental health with hundreds of hours of audio content blending music, sound effects and voice talent. Other entertainment luminaries who have recorded for Calm include LeBron James, Laura Dern, Matthew McConaughey, Kelly Rowland and Lucy Liu.
“Harry’s voice usually electrifies audiences around the world, but his unique Sleep Story will help millions of people drift off to dreamland every night,” said Michael Acton Smith, co-CEO of Calm. “His mellifluous voice is the perfect tonic to calm a racing mind.”
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