Liz Loughrey – “Rise Up” (Independent): This is the first we’ve heard from the Toronto-based pop/soul artist, and colour us impressed. “Rise Up” is the first cut from an upcoming EP, and, no, it’s not a cover of the Parachute Club’s hit.
It does have a similarly positive message, though, with Loughrey claiming in a press release that Rise Up! is more than a song, it's a movement. The #RiseUpMovement is all about telling the stories of people who are positively impacting the world and encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to Rise Up in their communities.”
To that end, Loughrey has created the Rise Up Workshops. She is currently visiting schools across the country to encourage youth to think outside the box and start making their own positive impact on their community. The stories collected throughout her workshops will be shared on her website. Anyone can take part in the movement by submitting their own story on Social Media using the #RiseUpMovement hashtag.
The tune itself neatly blends reggae, pop and soul elements. Loughrey has a clear and pleasing voice a little reminiscent of Nelly Furtado. It was written and produced in Miami by Loughrey, Adrian X (The Weeknd, Drake, Kylie Minogue) and Supa Dups (Drake, Party Next Door, Mary J Blige).