Americana Music Association UK Song of The Year winner Lady Nade has teamed up with the acclaimed singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine for ‘Echo’, a timely reminder of the strength and importance of community and togetherness.
It’s a song about how we’ve had to learn new ways to connect with each other over the last few years; how we’ve all experienced loss and heartbreak, but how we’re still able to connect with each other even when distance and adversity keeps us apart.
With its bare-bones beauty and comfortingly melancholic lyrics, it shines a light on the idea that a shared hope can come from a time of shared suffering. “And though I can’t touch you / I know that you’re there”, Nade sings with a poignancy only amplified by its simplicity.
Lady Nade spoke to us about the pertinence of the song’s message at this current time: “As we come out of the pandemic full of hope, we also find ourselves witnessing a horrific war unfold in Ukraine. This mixed emotion has been really hard to process - it feels like a time that we all need a collective hug, and this song is all about supporting each other”.
Lady Nade met Boo Hewerdine when she opened for him in Emsworth 2019. Already a huge fan of his work, she drove from Bristol at the drop of a hat when given the chance to work with one of her favourite songwriters.
From there a strong friendship was born - throughout lockdown, they met once a week to write songs. It became a welcome regular moment of well-being for each of them through the difficulty of the pandemic. They now have a repertoire of over 50 songs which they’re looking forward to sharing in the future. ‘Echo’ was one of the last songs the pair wrote together.
“Writing with Boo has been a great experience because he’s such a masterful songwriter. We’ve written a lot of songs together that we’re excited to share in the future. However, we felt it was important to release this one now as a stand-alone single”.
Watch the video for ‘Echo’, exclusively premiering on Holler below.
Lady Nade and Boo Hewerdine will be joining Emily Barker for two shows in April at the Union Chapel in London and Subrooms in Stroud. 'Echo' is out now