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Stand Up Reloaded
Melbourne born singer-songwriter Brooke Reuss has just released Stand Up Reloaded, taken from her forthcoming debut EP, which will also include a collaboration with Australian Idol winner Damien Leith. Stand Up Reloaded is a country-pop crossover track with a life-affirming lyric that explores self-empowerment.
Brooke’s vocal performance transposes the search and longing for self-expression and social equality with power and grace, moving from the subtle intonations of the verses to the impassioned galvanizing choruses with strength and finesse. Co-written and produced by Lee Bradshaw for Bradshaw Music Productions, Stand Up Reloaded is reminiscent of the work of Sara Bareilles and Carrie Underwood, a finely honed musical style with sensitivity and depth and universal appeal. A single note guitar bend kicks of the track, with the introduction passage stamping the song with some of its key ingredients—the straight-ahead drum groove, driving acoustic guitars and buoyant banjo lines. Once Brooke’s vocals take control, the track’s dynamic qualities come to the surface, reinforcing the bold sentiments of the lyric. By the time the chorus arrives, the track is in full flight, with Brooke’s vocal issuing notes of clear emotional urgency. What is ultimately a timely and all-encompassing lyric began as a more pointedly singular subject; as Brooke explains, ‘I initially wrote this song about the choices our government was making at the time including penalty rate reductions for everyday workers.
As time has passed this song has grown and relates to every injustice happening in the world and that everyone has a voice and should stand up for what they believe in because their voice matters.’ Brooke Reuss’ new single reflects upon the changing dynamics in our world, where the accessibility of music translates to an ability to move hearts and minds. And Stand Up Reloaded is sure to connect with a broad audience, expanding Brooke’s growing number of fans.