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!
Follow our new music playlist on Spotify