Song of the Day #2,671: ‘Rise Up’ – Andra Day

andra_dayIn a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, the magazine’s editors took advantage of the Adele hysteria to highlight about a dozen emerging artists with a similar sound and sensibility.

I’ll showcase the songs of a few of those artists this week and give my first impressions.

This isn’t a genre I generally like so I’m curious to see if any of these women capture my attention out of the gate.

First up is Andra Day, a 30-year-old California native who attended San Diego’s School of Creative and Performing Arts and made her name recording YouTube covers of unlikely tracks such as Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself.’

Her debut album, Cheers to the Fall, dropped in August and today’s SOTD, ‘Rise Up,’ is the second single.

The Adele influence is certainly strong with this one. The song has more of a gospel flair but vocally they’re very similar. Good stuff.

You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry-go-round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains

And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousands times again
For you [x4]

When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you [x4]

All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
We will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, ohh ohhh
We’ll rise

I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousands times again
And we’ll rise up
Rise like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousands times again
For you ohhhh ohhh ohh ohhh ohh [x3]

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,671: ‘Rise Up’ – Andra Day

  1. Dana says:

    Very soulful and theatrical, and, yes, very Adele.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Always like this sound…

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