Another song release date has been confirmed for Eurovision 2021. Vasil has confirmed that his song for Rotterdam “Here I Stand” will be released on Thursday 11 March. He’s also shared a snippet of the song, which reveals it includes a gospel choir.
Vasil shared the news with a post on social media. The announcement was accompanied by a short clip of the song.
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The song clip features a gospel choir singing a cappella. The lyrics suggest the song will have an uplifting message, of surviving and growing stronger in the face of adversity. The choir sings:
They all tried to break us
Not knowing it’s what makes us
This is how we found our way
The backing vocals were recorded in Chicago by former members of the acclaimed Chicago Children’s Choir. Vasil himself is an alum of the choir and has worked with them many times since.
Vasil’s social media announcement also features photos of five other people, likely to be members of his backing choir. Using the Chicago-based choir singers for backing vocals is something Vasil will be able to replicate with the new Eurovision 2021 rules allowing pre-recorded backing vocals.
The song was recorded with a live symphonic orchestra at the FAMES studio in Skopje.
Vasil joins Ana Soklič in taking advantage of the new Eurovision rules to include a big gospel choir sound in his entry. Ana Soklič debuted her gospel-infused single “Amen” on Saturday.
Vasil’s “Here I Stand” will be released on 11 March
And fans won’t have long to wait until they can get a first listen to “Here I Stand”. Vasil has confirmed the song will be released on Thursday 11 March — just ten days time.
Vasil first graced the Eurovision stage in 2019 as a backing singer for Tamara Todevska, who went on to win the jury vote and finish seventh overall with the song “Proud”.
In 2020, Macedonian broadcaster MKRTV internally selected Vasil to represent the country as the main artist. His entry “You” was also internally selected. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s contest was cancelled and Vasil was unable to perform.
MKRTV has now selected him again for Eurovision 2021, where Vasil will finally get his chance to sing at the contest as the lead artist.
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