She’s the Australian-Danish star who represented Denmark at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv with the song “Where I Am”. But since the release of her debut EP, we haven’t heard any new material from Anja Nissen in the three years that have followed. However, the wait is finally over. Nissen, who is now an independent artist, has dropped her new track “If We Only Had Tonight”.

Anja Nissen releases first single as an independent artist

“If We Only Had Tonight”, Nissen’s first independent release, touches a very unique and sincere topic. Despite its calm and soothing sound, the song discusses a situation where a person has to deal with the abrupt ending of a love story. Anja’s incredibly precise delivery of this song is what makes it as professional as it is.

Discussing the background of the song in the press release, The Voice Australia winner said: “This song was born from the intense and overwhelming feelings I had when my boyfriend found himself in a life-threatening situation. I turned to my piano and this song just poured out of me.”

Anja Nissen – “If We Only Had Tonight”

“The thought of us being separated through uncontrollable circumstances triggered the lyrics”, the Eurovision 2017 finalist explained. “Little did I know that soon we’d be separated, not knowing when we’d see each other again”.

This topic certainly strikes a chord in these strange times. While the song’s lyrics are despondent, however romantic, Anja’s voice brings it to life. The song has a unique structure and ultimately builds to its maximal strength as it approaches the end.

The Dansk Melodi Grnad Prix 2017 winner also referred to the song’s ability to resonate in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: “I’m sure others will relate as we’re not the only ones who can’t be together right now. Not knowing what can happen next is why it is so important to live in the moment”.

The poignant and soulful “If We Only Had Tonight” is available on streaming services through this link.

What do you think of “If We Only Had Tonight”? Can you relate to the lyrics? And do you like Anja’s 2020 sound? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

I’m gonna be honest, Where I Am finishing that low with that vocal was a crime. The song was good, too, but that vocal was honestly the best of night. So I hope Anja gets some more success elsewhere bcos she deserves it after being robbed like that

Theo P
Theo P
1 month ago

I love it – Amazing vocals! We want more Anja!!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Not bad.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

Anja is such a great performer, it’s a pity she never got her hands on a great song. I feel like if Denmark managed to win with Emmelie, they should be able to manage with Anja, too.

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
1 month ago

Fun fact :
Whenever fans told me (this year) that Norway is a candidate for the big win, I constantly asked them what is the big difference between Denmark 2017 and Norway 2020, and why would one succeed where the other failed?

I’m still looking for answers.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  Idan Cohen

They are pretty much on the same level.

FanESC
FanESC
1 month ago
Reply to  Idan Cohen

I never thought Norway could win this year but I really loved “Attention”, it would have ended up between 5th and 9th, I think. As I said, I loved it but it was cliché (in a good way), “Where I am” was cliché but in a bad way, it was just boring.