He’s a 22-year-old singer-songwriter who is ready to greet Eurovision fans on the big stage at Australia Decides. And now Toowoomba’s finest Jude York has made his introduction, releasing his competing entry “I Won’t Need To Dream”.
The song, which is the second to be released from the competition, is a dreamy, almost weightless ballad. Jude imagines better times and happier days, where his dreams become real: “Soaring through the make believe, chasing something out of reach, and maybe if I wish it so, life could be the way I hope, one day I won’t need to dream.”
The contemplative lyrics married to his glorious vocals make this West End ready!
Jude York releases “I Won’t Need to Dream”
Jude co-wrote the song alongside Atlanta-based songwriter and artist Billy Stonecipher. It is, in many ways, a response to the pandemic and our shared sense of isolation and confusion.
“During this time when the future seems so precarious and it’s impossible to make plans, I couldn’t help but feel a little hopeless – about my life, relationships and career,” Jude says. “Billy and I toyed around with a few different ways of translating that emotion into music but it all fell together when I played that first line on piano.”
“The song practically wrote itself from there. We were really inspired by songs of the 30’s and 40’s like ‘Dream’ by the Pied Pipers and ‘Over The Rainbow’ by Judy Garland. The lyrics are simple and optimistic and writing it felt like I was consoling myself, singing a lullaby to help me get through this difficult patch.”
“We’ve all had an incredibly tough two years and it’s so easy to feel hopeless. I want this song to be like a warm hug to anyone who listens to it, a gentle reminder that things can get better and that dreams eventually become reality. For me, this song has already taken me further than I thought possible.”
What do you think of Jude’s song? Are you feeling inspired? Are you ready to slay your wildest dreams? Let us know down below!