At the start of 2020, Mahal returned to New Zealand where she was struck with devastating medical news, then the pandemic hit which lead her rediscover her roots and to reimagine her future. Through this hugely confronting experience that challenged her identity as a woman and the pain that was hidden inside of her body, lyrics emerged and songs developed. Her songwriting was transformed by her desire to holistically heal those influential traumas and wounds. It’s through this time that Deva became renewed and inspired. Released August 28, ‘Stand In’ is the first of many songs sharing her chronicles; she can’t wait to share more with you.