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Isolde Fair, 16-Year-Old Singer-Composer-Musician, Releases “Rise'

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Isolde Fair, 16-Year-Old Singer-Composer-Musician, Releases “Rise'

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "rise" more than 20 different ways, both as a verb and a noun. But all the book's publishers really had to do was provide a link to Isolde Fair's poignant new song of that title: "Rise," the 16-year-old singer-songwriter-musician's newest release, following 2017's highly acclaimed media sensation "To All the Little Girls," explores several connotations of the word within one performance teeming with emotion and insight. The four-minute recording-featuring Isolde's vocal, piano and violin work-and its elegantly choreographed video, are available now via all major streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon) and YouTube.

"Rise" focuses on using one's voice for positive change, and the power that eac person possesses to allow our voices to be heard against injustice-the unstoppable drive to never give up. It's a message for people of all ages, but especially speaks to youth. "'Rise' came to me on a grey day," says Isolde, reflecting on the tune's origin. "I started to wonder what the world would be like with no anticipation of any injustice. I was thinking about a world with no flaws." "Rise" begins with a brief spoken-word recitation by Isolde over a haunting bed of synths, then glides into its opening verse, sung to her soulful piano chords: "I've been thinking of a time where everything will be alright/Helicopters up above, my feet touching the underground/Where have you been, yeah/Luck, I need you now/Won't be running away, yeah/We'll break the chains somehow."

Then, the thought-provoking chorus: "'Cause we rise until we're standing/We rise until we're strong/Our dreams are never ending/So we rise until we're standing."

Throughout "Rise," Isolde invokes a continual stream of strong, solid images that expand upon the themes: "violence on the street," "voices from the crowd," a never-ending struggle. Always, though, there is resilience, spirit and hope.

"With the song, whatever a listener is feeling, or going through, that's what they should take away from it," says Isolde. "We are all in different situations and if it helps anybody, it's cool."

"Rise" is a collaboration between Isolde and her multi-talented parents: her mother, the esteemed pianist and composer Starr Parodi, who co-wrote the song with Isolde; and Jeff Eden Fair, Isolde's father, who co-produced it with Starr. The video was directed by Sara Nesson and choreographed by Bonnie Story and Suzi Lonergan.

The basic concept for the song first came to Isolde while she was riding in a car. At first, Isolde says, she came up with "the main melody of the verses as well as a mumbled version of the lyrics: 'I've been thinking of a time where everything will be alright,' and from there we started working on it." Honestly, it came together through a stream of consciousness with words flowing whatever way they came out."

The framework for the captivating "Rise" video emerged once the song was fleshed out. "It was a collaboration with a lot of creative people who believe in the song," Isolde says of the video.

Oscar-nominated director/editor Sara Nesson took "Rise" from the vision stage to a visual entity, along with the help of a talented crew of artists and technicians. "When looking for locations, Sara knew of a place called Kiapos Ranch that had been burned down, yet there was a beautiful love story that went along with the fire that happened there," says Isolde. "It was more real than any set we could have ever built. We really could feel the intensity while we were filming there."

"When I first heard this song, I was so inspired," says Emmy winning choreographer Bonnie Story (High School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance). "I loved creating to it and I loved what it was about: to know that we can rise and get through tough times. This song says it all, and Isolde Fair is beyond her years."

Isolde's own stellar musicianship provides the ideal accompaniment to her vocal. "Since I could count my birthdays on one hand, I've played piano and violin, and I really like to incorporate the violin into the songs I create," she says. "The violin is practically the love of my life." Isolde has performed as an artist, singing in front of a full orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as soloing on violin with members of Cirque du Soleil and in other high-profile situations.

solde Fair first gained recognition at age 13 with her composition and recording "To All The Little Girls." The song came about as a music class assignment; her teacher listened to the result and knew it was something special that had to be heard by others. The lyrics focused on a portion of Hillary Clinton's 2016 concession speech dedicated to young women: "Never doubt that you are valuable..." Eventually, the song reached the ears of Clinton herself, who wrote online of her appreciation of the sentiments expressed by Isolde. Subsequently, Isolde was courted by numerous media outlets eager to know how such a young girl created such a profound piece of art.

"I've grown a lot since writing that song," she adds, "and although both songs have messages of encouragement, 'Rise' is about empowering yourself and pulling through any dark situation, especially with what is going on in the world right now."

Now, as she moves on to the next phase of her artistic development with the release of "Rise," Isolde is looking ahead, excited to continue pursuing her dream. "I've been writing a lot, playing the piano and violin, practicing, listening to music, and also going to high school," she says. "I have a lot of songs I want to record and release that I'm working on right now."

With so much raw, innate talent, and a bottomless well of visions and inspirations to draw from, Isolde Fair can only continue to rise.


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