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Multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, Dean Lewis, returns with his brand-new single, ‘Falling Up’, the lead single from Lewis’s hotly anticipated second album. Emotive, impactful, relatable and impossible to forget, it’s a masterclass in what the songwriter does best: connect. In a period when we’re all stuck in shrinking rooms feeling isolated, when claustrophobia – actual, social and otherwise – is real and widespread, ‘Falling Up’ is the perfect song for the times.
In writing the song Lewis keyed into lifelong feelings of frustration and anxiety. “I always thought I would be happy when I finished school or when I passed an exam, or I got a job or a promotion or if I went travelling and then I was like – ‘ooh, now I have a record deal, what if I have a big song? Then, I had a big song, and I was on the road for three years and when I stopped, I realised it had all passed me by and I was actually less present and more anxious and stressed than ever. I looked back on my life and at all of these points along the way and I realised that I’ve never felt any better, it’s always been onto the next thing, always moving.”
The lyrics paint a picture of a man in despair: “I’m alone in the spotlight / And the walls are caving in / And I thought I’d be happy / But I’m barely breathing.” “
Those lyrics are about being online and focusing on that one negative comment in a sea of good,” Lewis explains. “You feel the negativity and it affects your life and I took it on, and I found myself feeling more and more anxious and isolated. I really struggle with that.”
Suffice it to say that ‘Falling Up’ is a bold sign of things to come.
Lewis went from unknown to world-wide recognition with the release of his 2019 Album A Place We Knew which debuted #18 on the Billboard Top 200 in the USA, as well as a Top 5 Billboard Pop Album. Accredited Gold in the US, the LP produced a number of local and international smashes including his debut single ‘Waves’ (which also reached Gold status in the US) but it was ‘Be Alright’ which would drive Lewis’ career even further, catapulting his music to the world stage and contributing to his music accumulating over 4.8 billion streams globally. ‘Be Alright’ is triple platinum in the USA and landed Dean in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart as well as the prestigious Apple ‘Up Next’ title. The track hit #1 at Hot AC, # 5 at AC Radio, #11 at Top 40, #1 on Shazam and has been accredited Platinum + in 23 other countries.
Touring locally and overseas, Dean sold out his 2019 Australian National Tour as well as his USA Tour, performing over 200 shows in that year. Additionally he performed at Lolapalooza and appeared Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The TODAY Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and Good Morning America and has received crotical acclaim from the like of The New York Times, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Marie Claire, and many more.
Globally, his debut album is also Platinum in AUS, and in its first week, skyrocketed #1 on the ARIA Album Chart, accredited Silver in the UK and platinum+ in 8 other countries, reached the Top 10 in New Zealand (#7), Top 20 in Switzerland (#11), Canada (#15) and Ireland (#20) and Top 30 in Norway (#25), Belgium (#30), Netherlands (#21) and Top 40 in Germany (#32), Sweden (#37) and the UK (#37). The multi-selling album won Dean the 2019 ARIA Album of the Year and Best Male Artist Awards as well as the 2019 APRA Awards for Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year and Outstanding International Achievement Award.