SONG OF THE WEEK: Brave by Ella Henderson (9 January 2022)

WORTH A LOOK? ****

Released at the same time as details of Henderson’s 2nd album, a full 7 years after her debut, single Brave is midtempo, anthemic and optimistic at a time when we perhaps need spoonfuls of the latter.

  • Read on for reasons including how Henderson would be the perfect choice to represent the UK at Eurovision in 2022

Singer/songwriter Henderson’s chorus build runs: ‘When trouble wrecks your heart And the world’s gone dark and your soul is black and blue/We still got love to give, got a lot to live for, we’ll pull through/Brave, I’ll be Brave.’

The former X Factor star has always possessed a giant vocal and this single is no exception. We 1st heard the new single at a comeback gig of sorts in east London in 2019.

We’re hopeful that the devastating track we heard there – Bones – will also find its way to 16-track album Everything That I Didn’t Say out 11 March 2022.

Henderson says of it: ‘It’s been 7 years since my debut album in 2014 and what a journey I’ve had to get to this moment. It’s been crazy but I’m so proud of all the hard work which has been poured into these songs. Every song comes from a real place or time in my life over the last four to five years. Whether it’s the good, the bad or the ugly … it’s all here.’

The album will also include monsta-nominated hit duet Let’s Go Home Together with Tom Grennan last year.

The timing of the album’s launch is perfect for Eurovision and we wonder after band HYTTS alluded to being 2nd choice whether Henderson might be representing the UK in 2022? She is due to be supporting The Script on an arena tour in May so it is unlikely but not impossible.

It would be a brilliant choice as far as we were concerned. After seeing her live for the 1st time in 2015 at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire we know she’s the talent not only to write a hit but also to perform it engagingly also.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Ella Henderson Tickets
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