City and Colour, acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green, has just released the emotionally powerful new track Meant To Be via Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records / Cooking Vinyl Australia. Â Meant To Be is the first new music from City and Colour since the acclaimed 2019 albumÂ ‘A Pill For Loneliness’, and comes following a painful, life-changing loss.Â
The hauntingly melodic song begins with Greenâ€™s affecting vocals slowly swelling into the impassioned refrain questioning destiny following a tragic event. In September of 2019, while the band was on a break during an Australian tour, Green received the news that his best friend and longtime City and Colour producer Karl Bareham drowned off the countryâ€™s Gold Coast. While still emotionally distraught, Green was requested to identify his friend at the morgue, a chilling experience he still carries with him.Â As he puts it, â€œThat was the hardest moment I’ve had in my entire life. It changed me forever.” Combined with navigating personal issues upon his return to his native Canada and a global pandemic, Green was completely overwhelmed and struggled.
As he began to cope, the lifelong songwriter Green had not set out to write about the loss; in his heart and soul he had no idea how he would. But suddenly one day, a line came to him, â€œthe sun kept on risingâ€, followed by a melody. Green wrote it down and stepped away because it was then that he knew he was on the correct path to honor his dear friend.Â
Writing Meant To Be turned out to be a much-needed pure and cathartic experience for Green. The song is a beautiful, heart-wrenching and fiery elegy that resonates deeply.
Meant To Be IS OUT NOW via Still Records / Dine Alone / Cooking Vinyl Australia
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