- Bryon Harris
Ida Maree - 'Stronger'
Review by Brandon Watts & Staff
Australian artist Ida Maree has had quite a musical journey. From the clubs of the Gold Coast, to the theatres of Sydney, and into Black Gospel Churches of Melbourne, Houston, DC, Birmingham, and LA, her travels and singing have encompassed the true path of a musician searching for truth in her life.
Her debut album Saving Grace was acclaimed as 'The Album of the Year' by Australia’s leading Christian Radio Charts. But while in Nashville in 2014, Ida came into contact with Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (WhiteHeart, Johnny Cash, Clay Aikens, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandy Patty), and they formed a partnership which came full circle in 2018. Bringing her new album Chapter 2 to the forefront of music in 2020 will be the culminating effort of these two kindred souls. Off the upcoming album, the single "Stronger" is a great way to get acquainted with Ida Maree's charismatic style.
Ida Maree does not hold back when it comes to captivating her listeners with the soulful vibes of her song “Stronger” which will surely be a fan favorite. The drums lay down a tight, hip-hop style, with a clapping beat while the bass throws down an infectious groove. Soon, the high pitches drone of an organ fades in followed by crunchy, electric guitar riffs that accents the track with a memorable progression. The stylish production work, by Billy Smiley, shows just how versatile and creative this producer is.
Ida's vocals then grace the track with smooth, yet flashy vocal phrasing that showcases her undeniable talent as a contemporary vocalist.
“You’ve been here to many times before you packed your bags and headed towards the door feeling it's over But its not over til God says it's over.”
As the song moves forward tasteful and flavorful guitar solos weave in and out. The vibe has elements of gospel and R & B. "It ain't over until God says it's over." A musical interlude jams with funk overtones. This song will have listeners clapping and feeling the energy from their ears to their feet. The energetic track is ever-engaging with break-out sections that have the feel of a live performance keeping listeners on the edge of their seats.
Spreading an uplifting message, Ida uses the verses to let you know not to get down on yourself when times are hard, because there is still a chance to turn things around. She then ties this theme into a bigger message sung in the chorus that life is too short to let things hold you back from your goals and what doesn’t kill, only makes you stronger, and to not forget the promises God has for you.
Ida Maree is a mesmerizing vocalist who has a sensational and expressive singing style. With captivating songwriting and inspirational lyrics that uplift your soul, set to music that grooves and moves you, "Stronger" is powerful song that reminds us that God has plan for each of us.
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