Stating to never give up on yourself and your dreams, Elle Duke’s latest single is a thick slice of an empowering cake.
Located in Los Angeles, Ellee Duke is no stranger to writing songs. After starting her songwriting journey at the tender age of five years old, Ellee has polished her craft over the years and created a back catalogue filled of anthems. Pop influenced, the latest single ‘Upstream’ just may be her most empowering track to date. Ellee wrote the number with fellow songwriters Golden Vessel and Mckay Stevens. Clearly making a statement, the message that details itself throughout the track is taking control of your worth and knowing that each of us are unique. Everyone’s future is worth fighting for and the way that Ellee portrays that through voice and emotion will draw you in more with each listen.
I’VE HAD A TOUGH FEW YEARS WITH A FEW BIG COMPANIES I WAS SIGNED TO IN NASHVILLE. IT WAS REALLY DIFFICULT TO MANOEUVRE EVERYONE’S OPINIONS WHILE STILL TRYING TO BE TRUE TO MYSELF AND WHO I AM AS AN ARTIST. I GOT LOST IN IT FOR A WHILE AND BECAME VERY DEPRESSED AND DISCOURAGED. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. A FEW YEARS AGO I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES, AND LAST YEAR I DECIDED TO TAKE THE LEAP AND BECOME A TOTALLY INDEPENDENT ARTIST. IT’S BEEN REALLY AWESOME TO HAVE CONTROL OVER MY CAREER BUT IT’S COME WITH ITS OWN SET OF CHALLENGES LIKE ANYTHING ELSE IN LIFE.
MY MENTAL HEALTH TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORST WITH THE EXTREME HIGHS AND LOWS AND LONG STORY SHORT IT LEAD ME TO REALLY QUESTION MY PURPOSE. DO I EVEN HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO KEEP DOING THIS? A SMALL PART OF ME KEPT TELLING MYSELF TO KEEP GOING EVEN IF I WAS ONLY TAKING SMALL STEPS. AND THEN ONE BEAUTIFUL DAY IN LOS ANGELES, “UPSTREAM” WAS WRITTEN IN THE THICK OF A MENTAL THUNDER STORM. THIS SONG IS ABOUT NOT GIVING UP ON YOURSELF, YOUR DREAMS, OR YOUR LIFE NO MATTER HOW CHALLENGING THE WATERS MAY GET. IT’S A REMINDER TO “KEEP ON SWIMMING” EVEN WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE THE ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST YOU.
Highlighting itself in a motivational structure, the positive message throughout the track can uplift anyone’s spirit. It’s the type of track you should stick on if you’re having a bad thought day. Taken from a bad mental health stage in her life, it just goes to show that sometimes artists suffer for their art. Even though it was written at a hard time for Ellee, it’s so warming to hear the songwriter come out the other side of it with a radiating smile. Secured side to side, the melody will find it’s way into your brain and bury itself with it’s fresh and original sound. A wonderful single from an artist who has simply brightened up the rainy day in the UK.