HUSH HUSH BIZ SINGLE REVIEW
Ready To Live
Ready To Live is the first track Cole Phoenix has released in two years. The new song features instant hooks, a poignant and identifiable lyric and another evocative vocal performance from Cole. With three albums and numerous hit single releases behind her, Ready To Live reveals another side to this multi-skilled artist, a subtle stylistic shift that blends the autobiographical with a refined approach to songwriting, production, and performance. With a ‘winners’ circle’ position in the 2020 International Songwriting Competition, Ready To Live has already garnered accolades and attracted praise at a global level. This latest success adds to Cole’s previous achievements, which include 2015 Nominated Best New Artist New Music Awards among chart-toppers Sam Smith, Charlie XCX, 2014 Single UFO reaching no. 1 on TOP 40 internet charts and in 2013 Shortlisted International Songwriting Competition for her anti-bullying anthem (Dance/Electronica). Cole’s typically passionate vocal performance is the central focus, with a pristine electro-indie pop sound used as a solid bed for the melodies and the dynamics. As Cole has said about her new track, ‘Ready To Live was inspired by a life-changing event.
The song is about focusing on values such as family, forging deep relationships and not superficial connections. It’s an empowering anthem, encouraging people to “drive” their own life – and not be steered by fear or fear of fitting in – life is “too fragile to waste” – so be bold, take charge of your life and be READY TO LIVE for it.’ Ready To Live discloses a difficult life journey that many of us undertake, whether involuntarily or not, that of realising the fragility and vulnerability of life and our place in the world. From the opening synth line to the high-energy hooks throughout, Ready To Live contains all the hallmarks of a big song—memorable melodic parts and a direct and relatable lyric, that will undoubtedly connect with many.