New Music: ‘Rise Up’ by Liz Loughrey #RiseUpMovement

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“Rise Up! is more than a song, it’s a movement” – Liz Loughrey

‘Rise Up’ by Toronto-based Soul/Pop artist Liz Loughrey is the most empowering song I’ve heard all year.

“Greatly influenced by Etta James and Sade, Loughrey is a genuinely old soul who creates a brand of pop that speaks to the past and signals a bright future”

‘Rise Up’ is an uplifting and bold song full of courage and undoubtably an anthem to inspire. It’s not just Liz’s soulful voice and the lyrical content of the song that astounds me it’s the impactful imagery featured in the music video too. Visually it’s very inspiring and if you’re anything like me you’ll get goosebumps and feel an urge to spread the strong and purposeful message. The first time I watched the music video, it felt like I had traveled around the world in 4 minutes and educated along the way. It’s packed full of empowerment and on such a huge scale. I love that Liz uses her talent and platform to both inspire and encourage change.

“When you gonna Rise Up? Everybody stand up”

It’s a powerful call for a positive change in the world. It truly is refreshing to hear a song like this at a time like this and I’m sure we can all agree that this is the movement and direction that the world needs to be headed in. It’s so important to share our stories and continue to strive for a better life, a better world and greatness. Being kind to each other and resilient in the face of adversity is what I believe in and what The Rise Up Movement does and that’s why I’m so pleased to be able to share this amazing song with you today.

“It is a call to action that says it’s time to stop living a life of complacency or in the words of the song, it’s time for us to ‘take less and give a little more’ “

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“It’s a beautiful wasteland but I can barely see”

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Imperfect Life by Floating Above Reason | Album Review + Interview

‘Imperfect Life’ is the second album from Chile based band; Floating Above Reason. Jess, Nick, Diego, Josué and Esteban make up the soft rock band delivering raw and emotion evoking songs that will either make you reflect on life or make you want to get up and dance. This album takes you on an emotional journey as it explores themes of change, different human emotions and the relationships with the people who come in and out of our lives. Always a fan of a full live band, I really appreciate the music that Floating Above Reason create. Bass, Drums, Guitar and Keyboard keep the music authentically fresh whilst lead singer Jess’ unique Joan Jett – Esq. vocals carry each song with the narrative and perspective clear as day.

“I WANNA THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU’VE DONE” – Friend
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Left Jess (Singer/Songwriter) Grid Clockwise : Nick (Guitar/Arrangements) Esteban (Drums) Diego (Keyboard) Josué (Bass)
“NOW IS WHERE YOU BELONG” Feel

I love a good themed album and Imperfect Life is exactly that. The music is dynamic but at the core it’s  sentimental and stresses the importance of connecting with yourself and life as a journey of discovery. ‘Perspective’  is one theme that consistently runs through this album and I completely agree that seeing things from a different point of view has a huge impact on the way we face challenges, hardships and experiences. This 12 track album is organic and fresh and features a mix of songs ranging from up beat and funky to mid tempo and Bluesy. There is a certain rawness to this album that I love and I think it stems from the deeply personal lyrics. They are alluring, honest and  pure.

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The album opens with “Feel” – a feel good song that can brighten up any day and make you appreciative of the things you have in life. I personally like to play this one in the morning as I get ready for the day. It’s full of courage, hope and it’s the kind of song that the little adventurer inside all us can relate to.“Friend” is simply a beautiful song and one of my favourites on the album. “Looking back” has nostalgic vibes running through making it great for those days or moments when you go down memory lane. “My Brother” has a great guitar solo and a catchy riff. “Try” is another favourite of mine on the album. It’s a funky bright up-beat song with an authentic live recording sound which is captivating to listen to. Jess’ Sultry voice really stands out on tracks such as “You In My Mind”, “Dry The Tears”,  “Journeys End” and “Brand New Day” where the tracks are a stripped back. Ultimately this is the type of album that would make a great soundtrack for your new favourite Indie film.

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Laura Roy | EP Review

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“I CONNECT ALL THE STARS JUST TO GET TO YOU”– Full Moon

‘Laura Roy’ is the self titled Debut EP from Halifax, Nova Scotia based Singer-Songwriter Laura Roy. Laura’s songwriting and skillful vocals are artistry in and of itself and they really shine bright in this stellar EP. A delightful mix of relatable songs that will get you charged up and ready to conquer anything that comes your way. Fabulously produced this EP is the perfect blend of Electronic-Pop and R&B. 

“The project contains 6 songs infused with synth-pop, 90’s r&b vibes with soulful melodies and catchy hooks, she adds “I’ve been working on the EP for the last year and a half. I’ve tried to make sure the music represents my experiences in a way that feels true to who I am as an artist right now”- Laura Roy Continue reading “Laura Roy | EP Review”