OBERON singer/songwriter talent Clancy Pye says her new single is both a personal and a universal examination of the pain of loss.
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Heaven Can't Wait, which will be released on Friday, July 31, follows the release of her debut single Get Lost on May 22, which debuted at number one on the iTunes country chart.
Both singles will be featured on her debut EP set for release in September, featuring five of her own songs.
"The song is quite a personal reflection on facing loss and grief associated with losing loved ones too soon," Pye said of Heaven Can't Wait, which was recorded at The Vault Studios at Balmain in Sydney with producer Sean Rudd.
"It took me some time to feel comfortable sharing it as it touches on my own personal experience of going through loss in life.
"I couldn't help but feel when I was writing the song that it reflected how many of us feel when trying to understand loss.
"There are a lot questions we find ourselves asking and I wanted this song to capture those sentiments.
"After writing songs for many years, this was really the one that compelled me to release my own music."
Pye said she felt the song "was one that people could really relate to and take something away from that could in some ways provide comfort".
"There's not many of us who haven't had to go through grief at some stage in our lives after losing a family member or friend," she said.
"I think that grief is often magnified when a young person is taken away too soon, well before their time was up.
"It makes me sad thinking about the enormous hole that leaves in the lives of their family and friends as well as the wider community."
Pye said any loss when she was growing up in Oberon would be felt by everyone because it was such a tight-knit community.
"I filmed with Jay Seeney across several locations around Oberon and Bathurst, including many scenes at the Catholic Church in Black Springs," she said of the music video for Heaven Can't Wait.
"I was very grateful to have several local families contribute photographs and videos to feature in the video to be able to pay tribute to some of those who inspired the song."
Pye, who grew up in a musical family, picked up a guitar at six years of age and started performing with her family band at local pubs and events.
By 12, she was working professionally as a musician each weekend, playing all across country NSW in bands with her older brother Mickey Pye and as a solo artist.
Heaven Can't Wait will be released as a single and music video across radio and all digital platforms on Friday, July 31.
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