ARIA Award winning Australian Artist Illy has released his brand new single ‘Lean On Me’ featuring Robinson, out now on Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
‘Lean On Me’ is an up-tempo, epic and anthemic Illy track, complimented perfectly by the tender vocals of New Zealand songstress Robinson. Written by Illy with Styalz Fuego (who also produced ‘Lean On Me’), the song is about the beauty in being able to support the people you love the most.
Illy explains “Lean On Me’ was written for someone very close to me at a time when they really needed to know they had someone there for them. It’s not just a reminder of having your people’s backs, it’s a celebration of it, because that can only come from loving enough to care. And that shit is beautiful.”
The official video, which was released today, was filmed in Melbourne and directed by Ryan Sauer. The video was choreographed by Billie Casey-Jabore and Nicolas Mena features Kallee Richardson and Harry A.Hillcoat in an emotional and contemporary dance, that showcases the journey of grief to redemption.
Watch the official video here.
‘Lean On Me’ is the follow up track to Illy’s already ARIA certified GOLD track ‘Then What’. Released in May of this year, ‘Then What’ was Illy’s first release in over two years.
Illy first emerged onto the hip-hop scene in 2009 and has since amassed an impressive discography, which includes his debut LONG STORY SHORT (2009), sophomore album THE CHASE (2010), BRING IT BACK (2012), CINEMATIC (2013) and TWO DEGREES (2016).
TWO DEGREES saw Illy tour the country three times, performing at 50+ shows across the country – which lead him to win Best Live Act at the 2017 ARIA Awards. As a result, Illy is now a firm festival favourite, which was evident when he jumped on stage at this years Splendour In The Grass with only 24 hours’ notice, to join good mates Hilltop Hoods in their last minute Headliner slot. Illy will also be appearing at upcoming festivals Land Of Plenty, Spilt Milk, Snow Machine and Out Of Bounds. Head to his website for more details.
After five albums and with the creative musical melange of TWO DEGREES, Illy’s roots in hip-hop have now spread to all corners of the musical globe to encompass pop, soul, electro and dance; he stands as one of Australia’s most innovative and creative artists.
Listen to ‘Lean On Me’ now.