BWW Album Review: Michelle Vezilj's 'Fire Goes to Die' is an Empowering Anthem

By: May. 17, 2019

BWW Album Review: Michelle Vezilj's 'Fire Goes to Die' is an Empowering Anthem

Actress and singer/songwriter Michelle Vezilj is making a profound and timely statement with her latest single, "Fire Goes to Die." Inspired by the #MeToo movement and being a victim of sexual assault herself, Vezilj's empowering anthem - released today - touches on those pressing topics. Yet, in the same week as the governor of Alabama signed our nation's most restrictive anti-abortion bill into law, this tune's broader themes about emboldening oneself to take control of one's body couldn't feel more timely.

As a young artist, Vezilj also looked into modelling. She found herself somewhat gifted with the opportunity of a lifetime when a model for Elite Model Management contacted her to offer her the chance to take her place in an athletic campaign. This led to corresponding with agent Michelangelo Chiacchio, the London-based director of Elite. This is where things started to go a little awry. Over the next year and a half, Vezilj ignored her intuitions and even warnings from other models because of the opportunity in front of her. At a sit-down with a representative scheduled by Chiacchio, Vezilj was assaulted. It would take her close to seven years before she told anyone because of the shame she felt. Also, like so many in similar situations, she attributed the blame to herself and not her attacker.

Through witnessing others come forward during the #MeToo movement, Vezilj found the strength to tell her own story, begin to liberate herself from the shame and guilt of the experience, and - to loosely paraphrase Carrie Fisher - turn her pain into art. Enter "Fire Goes to Die," a pulsating indie track infused with elements of country. Before one can misidentify this track as a woman scorned kind of bop, it's important to recognize that the raw anger in the vocals points to something deeper. This emotionality alludes to the depth of the mental and spiritual wounds inflicted upon her and the invisible to the naked eye scars left behind. Vezilj's lyrics and vocals illustrate a woman burdened by having to evolve at a moments notice while her world came crashing down around her.

Channeling the myth of Apollo and Daphne, in "Fire Goes to Die" Vezilj sings about a woman who transforms into a beautiful tree-like being adorned with flowers as she frees herself from the unwanted advances of the male pursuing her. He lashes out, screaming "What would you do without me?" Then, in an attempt to completely destroy her, he sets fire to her roots. Reaching upwards, she pulls herself up into the realm where fire goes to die, or a place she can reclaim herself in spite of his actions. While inspired by the #MeToo movement, this powerful sentiment can easily speak to anyone or any group that has ever felt unjustly attacked or oppressed. Thus, Vezilj has keenly crafted a resonating anthem that encourages all to cast off their disenfranchisement and find the strength to pull themselves up by making their individual inner beauty manifest in the world.

Vezilj launches "Fire Goes to Die" at The Hotel Cafe Main Stage (1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) tonight (May 17, 2019) at 9:30PM. For more information please visit To stream or purchase "Fire Goes to Die," please visit



NEW YORK, NEW YORK A Cast Album Done Right Photo
NEW YORK, NEW YORK A Cast Album Done Right

NEW YORK, NEW YORK ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING is a 2023 release on the Wine and Peaches Label, available on streaming platforms, with discs and vinyl to come!

CAMELOT Cast Recording Crammed With Lots Of Goodness Photo
CAMELOT Cast Recording Crammed With Lots Of Goodness

We hope that all those who love the musical theatre will pick up this new rendition of CAMELOT with all new and wondrous vocal performances by the cast.

Album Review: SHUCKED The Musical Releases Its Corny Cast Album & Its A Toe Tapper Photo
Album Review: SHUCKED The Musical Releases Its Corny Cast Album & It's A Toe Tapper

If you love that wonderful down-home cross-section of musicals that include things like BIG RIVER, THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, BRIGHT STAR, or, let’s face it, OKLAHOMA, then you should definitely go get SHUCKED.

Album Review: SOME LIKE IT HOT & Indeed We Do. Hit Songs From A Hit Show Make A Hit OB Photo
Album Review: SOME LIKE IT HOT & Indeed We Do. Hit Songs From A Hit Show Make A Hit OBC

The score with just the few touches of dialogue included makes it very clear what is happening from start to finish and it delivers the show to the imagination so wonderfully.


#repshow# in[i]# Zarathustra!
Avalon Hollywood (10/22-10/22)Tracker PHOTOS VIDEOS
#repshow# in[i]# Pride & Prejudice
Royal Stage Theatre (9/08-9/24)Tracker
#repshow# in[i]# The Joffrey Ballet's Anna Karenina
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (6/23-6/23)
#repshow# in[i]# The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Chance Theater (9/22-10/22)PHOTOS CAST
#repshow# in[i]# Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
The Music Center's Ahmanson Theatre (9/29-9/29)
#repshow# in[i]# Certain Death and Other Considerations
Atwater Village Theatre (9/24-10/15)
Altadena Musical Theatre (9/14-9/24)VIDEOS CAST
#repshow# in[i]# HOL: Holly Gottlieb with Liz Bee, Courtney Preis and Friends
Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum (9/29-9/29)
#repshow# in[i]# Room Service
The Group Rep at The Lonny Chapman Theater (8/11-10/15)
#repshow# in[i]# MS. TUCKER WILL SEE YOU NOW, Laural Meade’s Rollicking Cabaret Theater Piece Inspired by Jazz Great Sophie Tucker
Gardenia Supper Club (9/16-12/08)

Recommended For You