HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Hold On To Love
Australian singer-songwriter Julie Haigh has released Hold On To Love, an uplifting song about an undoubtedly painful emotional experience. Hold On To Love is the lead track from Julie’s debut EP, Never Too Late. This might be the first you’ve heard of this music artist, but Julie Haigh has many runs on the board. At the age of sixteen, Julie began performing professionally as a solo guitarist/vocalist in local venues, then as lead vocalist/guitarist of various high-profile duos, trios and pop cover bands in Melbourne and interstate. An accomplished musician—fifth-grade classical guitar with first-class honours—Julie has performed at some of Australia’s most prominent venues and appeared on Foxtel sports TV, performing the opening songs for pre-match entertainment, as well as singing the national anthem at many major boxing tournaments.
Julie began writing songs about her real-life experiences while painting full time. She has since resurfaced from the pressure of the day-to-day grind, her newfound attitude shining brightly on Hold On To Love, a country-rock-tinged pop amalgamation of catchy melodies, superb vocal performance and a lyric that explores the complexities of defiant, determined love. As Julie says about the new track, ‘My partner and I were in a tumultuous relationship for nearly five years, but we knew we loved each other deeply. We agreed it was a once in a lifetime love. I wanted to convey one message in the song, no matter how tough true love is, no matter how many obstacles you might face, no matter how much love might hurt, the pain is worth enduring, there is such a thing as true love, and it’s precious, it’s irreplaceable.’ Hold On To Love contains as many finely-honed musical elements as it does romantic grit. As Julia says about her vision for the new track, ‘When recording the song, I wanted it to be pretty upbeat, with a bit of a country-rock vibe, something along the lines of Shania Twain, something you could maybe dance to, or at the very least tap your foot along to.’ But there’s more than just some foot-tapping going on here—Hold On To Love is a rousing mix of melody and narrative, turning a complex emotional process into a relatable musical experience.