Single Review: Grow – Amanda St John
February 7, 2017 Laura Caldwell 0 Comments
We’ve been no strangers to an Amanda St John tune or two, so when the soul and blues singer asked us to review her upcoming single Grow, we obviously jumped at the chance.
A bit slower, and a bit more laid back than what we’re used to from St John, Grow is a ballad about strength, resilience and hope. Thanks to her backing singers and pitch-perfect gospel stylings, this is a very exciting and inspirational tune that shows off St John’s incredible talent as both a songwriter and a performer. As the song builds to its crescendo, the harmonious mix of brass, uplifting backing vocals and St John’s powerful voice give way to a gentle fade that makes this a song to remember.
Emotive, introspective and joyful, St John’s voice is straight from the heady days of jazz and blues, and Grow gets better every time you hear it. This is definitely one to hear live.
Amanda says “The song ‘Grow’ is about facing a very difficult period, observing the situation and vowing to fight back rather than letting it define you. It’s a very hopeful, motivational message. You have a choice (regardless of your circumstances) of how you want your life to go; even though it may take incredible strength and courage, it is possible to heal and grow as a person. The song resonates deeply with people at live gigs and I have found that it has been quite inspirational for some.”
UK & Ireland Tour Dates
6th Feb: The Bedford Balham, London
7th Feb: Tuesday Night Music Club Coulsdon, London
12th Feb: Whelan’s Dublin (Full Band gig with support from ‘Runabay’)
17th Feb: McGrory’s Culdaff, Donegal
18th Feb: Bennigans Derry