Single Review: Chess Galea (feat. Harry Morley) – Rise

By on Monday, 15th May 2017 at 12:00 pm

Following the release of her debut album last year, Chess Galea has unveiled her latest single, ‘Rise’, a heart-breaking fusion of soul and pop. In case you aren’t familiar with the name, Galea (real name Francesca Galea) grew up in Malta, where she fell in love with pop music before going to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music in London, whose famous alumni include Ed Sheeran and Newton Faulkner. Since graduating from ACM, the singer/songwriter, who cites Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Madonna as influences, has single-handedly managed to gain radio airplay in Australia, Malta and the UK. Galea was also nominated for Best Solo Artist at the Malta Music Awards.

To date, Galea has released two EPs, ‘Babygirl’ and ‘Tuxedo’, both of which were the result of two successful Kickstarter campaigns. These were closely followed by her debut album ‘1869’, an eclectic mix of feel-good pop, soulful r&b and stunning ballads. This latest track, ‘Rise’, is a plea to a former partner, who used to be her shoulder to cry on. However, since their break-up, Galea has struggled to shake off her feelings for her ex and the fear he has found love again with someone else: “So how can I keep going strong, when I’m too scared you’ll move on?” Galea sings. You can feel her dismay, as the words evoke vivid memories of past relationships and heartbreaks. But there’s also a sense of optimism too: “Things never turned out to luck, so I’ll make some luck of my own”.

Not only does ‘Rise’ showcase Chess Galea’s ability to write deep, meaningful lyrics, but it also demonstrates her melodic, soulful vocal range, perfectly complementing Harry Morley’s tinkling piano and organ chords.


Chess Galea’s single ‘Rise’ is out now. Learn more about this young singer/songwriter on her official Web site.


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