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Conn Raney – Show Up [Review]

Conn Raney – Show Up [Review]

Conn Raney ‘shows up’ complete with gospel choir for a powerful homage to his late grandfather.

Conn Raney may not be a name that is familiar to you.  However, his debut EP, ‘Parts’ was released way back in 2013.  ‘Parts’ and subsequent releases such as ‘The Good Life’ and ‘Truth’ showed Raney to be not only a potential force to be reckoned with in the rap world but also an artist who draws inspiration from a vast palette of other musical genres, including electro, house and pop.  Now, for his latest single release, ‘Show Up’, the Los Angeles based songwriter has chosen to illuminate his music with a gospel vibe, complete with a lively choir on the song’s huge and highly memorable chorus.

Not only is Raney’s latest offering catchy, it is also meaningful, having been written about his late grandfather William Huston Pearce, who passed away on the 28th November 2016.  Through a highly charged vocal delivery which is tinged with elements of rap and soul, ‘Show Up’ tells the tale of how Raney’s grandfather, despite being a World War II Veteran who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, still took the time to help raise Raney and his siblings and never failed to ‘show up’.  This heartwarming, energetic and uplifting song will instantly remind the listener of Imagine Dragons and Rag‘n’Bone Man.  Meanwhile, the overall feeling of empowerment derived from ‘Show Up’ is evident as soon as it opens with the sound of a church preacher declaring to his congregation, “And every time I felt lost, you showed up!”  With a relatable sentiment that is bound to be taken to the hearts of people all over the world and the enthralling yet commercial manner in which it is conveyed, ‘Show Up’ looks set to be a big breakthrough for Raney.


Review by Alice Jones

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