‘Sparrow’ is the much-anticipated new single from Emeli Sandé. More than a household name and with one of the most recognisable voices in pop, soul and R&B, she’s the singer-songwriter who knows the unsteady time we’re in and is back with a single to uplift and inspire.
In this time of low self-esteem and shaken identity, ‘Sparrow’ gives courage and hope. It’s a deeply rousing call to action, an anthem of strength with a drumbeat and a gospel choir that complements the urgency and greatness of Sandé’s message.
It was in writing Sparrow that Sandé was able to sit by herself; no producers, no collaborators, and bring to life a striking first line that had been in her mind for years, ‘I got wind beneath my wings, I think this time I’m gonna make it to morning’ begins Sparrow, a slow-building, sparse piano melody that grows into a melodious, powerful anthem with a soaring vocal. The process, and the freedom that came with it Sandé says, was spiritual. She felt it spark within her.
Sparrow’ is a song to bring hope in all its forms, a song to lift us out of the darkness, and let us soar, “It’s hard to find poetry in the world anymore, I miss the romance and I just want to breathe some love into humanity”
‘With the heart of a sparrow, tell me what arrow could ever bring you down?’