RISE

RISE nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award

Click on the middle of the picture above to play the RISE video. Scroll down for lyrics. 

“ the multi-talented 16-year-old singer/songwriter, pianist and violinist truly transcends her status as a young newcomer and meets the moment brilliantly, with boldness, encouragement and a sense of optimism that courageously dares to defy the trouble, despair and hopelessness that we’ve all been flirting with or immersing in and desperately need to shake off.” - Jonathan Widran (JW Vibe)

“Rise is an uplifting song at a time when we need to unite and empathize. It’s anthemic and feels like a rally cry of hope for the future. Beautifully done Isolde!”  -  Meishel Menachekanian (KCSN Radio) 

photo by Milly Hopkins

photo by Milly Hopkins

RISE
Performed by: Isolde Fair
Written by: Isolde Fair & Starr Parodi 
Produced by: Starr Parodi & Jeff Eden Fair 
Musicians: Isolde Fair, Starr Parodi, Dmka, Kelly Fair
Recorded and mixed by: Jeff Eden Fair 
Mastered by: Emily Lazar (The Lodge - NYC) 

(video cast & crew)
Directed & Edited by: Sara Nesson
Produced by: Starr Parodi & Jeff Eden Fair
Dancers: Makaio Carinio, Emma Eling, Elija Hall, Ella Grace Memmott, Ryan Sadowsky, Kyra Stafford, Uno Unemar, Nanea Yu
Choreography by: Bonnie Story, Suzi Lonergan
Assistant Choreographer: Bayli Baker 
Cinematographer: Senda Bonnet    Color: Chris Mammarelli
Line Producer & 1st AD: Kate Hamilton 
Costume Design: Anita Rinaldi-Harnden 
Hair & Makeup: Samantha Joselle    First AC: Hao Yu 
Gaffer: J. Garrett    Key Grip: Joel Duncan 
PA: Daniela Hummel, Carolina Hummel, Trystin Saure 
Location: Kiapos Ranch

RISE

RISE 

(verse 1) 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. 

(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. 

(verse 2) See the violence on the street, 
running rampant I don't want it to repeat. Calling voices from the crowd, 
will you hear us, we are so damn proud. 
Where have you been - yeah. Luck, I need you now. Won't be running away - yeah, 
We'll break the chains somehow 

(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. 

(bridge) - We let our voices be heard, 
there's strength behind every word. 
So even when we're gonna fall, 
we'll still stand tall, we'll still stand tall... 

(chorus) Cause we rise until we're standing, 
We rise until we're strong. Imagine where we're going, When we rise until we're standing. 
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. 
Cause we rise until we're standing, We rise until we're strong. Our struggle's never ending, So we rise until we're standing. 
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. 
- Isolde Fair

 Press release:

Isolde Fair, 16-Year-Old Singer-Composer-Musician, to Release “Rise,” a Song of Empowerment and Resilience 
Studio Track and Exquisitely Choreographed Video Available June 19th

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 June 19 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 each 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. 

Isolde 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.

Lydia Sherwood 
Presto Public Relations 
+1 360-733-2149 
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REVIEW - Jonathan Widran (JWVibe)

ISOLDE FAIR, "Rise" 

In normal times – like say, anytime in recent history before 2020 – Isolde Fair’s emotionally and spiritually empowering debut single “Rise” and its accompanying video would simply mark the emergence of an extraordinarily gifted and insightful young artist. 

But by releasing the symphonic pop/rock anthem at this juncture - in the wake of COVID-19 and the protests inspired by the murder of George Floyd - the multi-talented 16-year-old singer/songwriter, pianist and violinist truly transcends her status as a young newcomer and meets the moment brilliantly, with boldness, encouragement and a sense of optimism that courageously dares to defy the trouble, despair and hopelessness that we’ve all been flirting with or immersing in and desperately need to shake off. Even before we hear the first piano chords, her opening spoken words inspire tears they may not have a year ago because we’re a bit more woke now. 

She says, “Humanity is pulled apart with hate anger and fear. Isolation. Let’s change.” This sets a somber, haunting yet cautiously hopeful tone for what follows. Over the haunting opening piano chords, she captures the tension between the chaos around us and “my feet touching the underground.” She reaches out to the universe for a bit of luck, then acknowledges that the key to making those changes is staying put (rather than running away) and figuring out how to “break the chains.” 

The chorus offers wisdom and strength for this or any age: “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…” The next part of the song where tension builds and energy is unleashed via orchestral strings, is best experienced via the video shot by Oscar nominated director Sara Nesson. Isolde’s words reflect the what we’ve been seeing on TV during the protests: “See the violence on the street/Running rampant, I don’t want it to repeat/Calling voices from the crowd/Will you hear us, we are so damn proud…” 

But it’s the images of Isolde and a cadre of dancers making sweeping arm movements – and then laying hands on her and quickly breaking free - that drive the message home. Likewise, on the bridge, when the groove picks up and her lone voice becomes part of a swelling chorus. It’s a call to join forces to effect meaningful change: “We let our voices be heard, there’s strength in every word/So when we’re gonna fall/We’ll still stand tall.”

Video Director's statement

Video Director’s Statement :

The empowering message behind Isolde’s song resonated deeply with me and as director it was important to convey a feeling of what it’s like to try and make sense of the world around you, especially as a young person today where fear and isolation are part of their reality. 

I wanted to go for a post-apocalyptic world reminiscent of the photographs of Sebastion Selgado's gold miners in Brazil. The filming location we found had burned in the Sun Valley brush fires and you could still see the soot on the walls and sense the spirits of the old couple that lived there and tragically perished in the fire. It felt like we were honoring them in some way by bringing dance and music and creativity into their home. The house was surrounded by gorgeous hills coming to life by recent rain. The landscape was the perfect metaphor as the dancers climbed out of the ashes and up to the ridge line where they joined Isolde as she sang, ‘we’ll rise until we’re strong.’ 

This project was a labor of love and feel very blessed I had the chance to collaborate with Isolde, Starr, Jeff, the choreographers, Bonnie and Suzi, our DP, Senda Bonnet, and all the talented people that helped bring our vision to life. I hope this music video and song inspires kids to know their voice matters and their futures depend on them using it. - Sara Nesson

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