“Champagne” by Erica Sunshine Lee
Review by Anthony Nguyen & Staff
An uplifting anthem full of hope, Erica Sunshine Lee delivers on an absolutely brilliant song. The guitars are warm and provide most of the harmonic content. The electric and acoustic have a fantastic back and forth and do a good job balancing each other out. The rhythm section is extremely tight. The drums are airy and along with the bass provide a rock solid foundation for the rest of the instrumentation to sit on. The real star of the show is the vocals however. Erica seems to be able to invite listeners into her world with every lyric, and her crooning vocals are a pleasure to listen to throughout. Her ability to convey emotions through her singing is truly something to behold.
There is some really great arranging being displayed throughout the song. The menagerie of different guitar parts such as the slide and lead electric that come in and out do a great job highlighting parts and allowing transitions to happen smoothly. The intro and first verse are understated instrumentation wise but this allows the chorus to really bloom. The choruses are full of a hopeful energy and clever production techniques such as vocal doubling and a more spiritual performance from the band gives the choruses a boost. Overall all of the sections flow into each other incredibly naturally, giving the song a solid pace throughout.
Although the name of the song is “Champagne” it is far from your typical drinking song. The drink is used as a symbol for triumphing over trials. This is a song about victory and a song of overcoming hardships. This is shown perfectly when Sunshine sings, “The bluest skies, come after the rain, and even though I didn't want to let you go, sometimes you have to celebrate after surviving hurricanes,”. Her thoughtful lyric writing really adds another dimension to an already fantastic production.
With an infectiously upbeat and hopeful personality paired with a stellar band, “Champagne” by Erica Sunshine Lee is a stunning achievement in songwriting.
About Erica Sunshine
Erica Sunshine Lee is pulling heartstrings and bringing healing and hope at a much needed time in our society with her self-penned new mesmerizing song "Champagne."
After releasing her 9th original album "Bulletproof" in 2020, featuring her "Change the World" anthem inspiring women and girls everywhere to value themselves, she follows up with this powerful message of surviving hard times with her powerful lyrical prowess "Yeah I lost you, but I finally found me." Reminding us, it's okay to walk away from unhealthy relationships, and first and foremost we need to love ourselves. Celebrating surviving life's toughest storms, and rewarding ourself with the sweet taste of victory in the form of a nice glass of bubbly. Cheers, and enjoy this taste of “Champagne.”
Erica Sunshine Lee is a Nashville Recording Artist originally from Georgia and a prolific songwriter with over 45 songs recorded by Nashville, Australian and Italian country artists/bands. "Sunshine" has performed all over the world since 2007 solo and with her band 300 shows per year at the world's largest festival Summerfest, the largest rodeo Cheyenne Frontier Days, Key West Songwriter Festival, Tamworth Country Music festival in Australia and opened for country icons David Allen Coe, David Nail, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris, Randy Houser, Dylan Scott, and performed with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), John Michael Montgomery, Tommy Tutone & more.