13-year-old Rory Phillips releases new single and clip for ‘THE TRUTH’
A passionate call to action on climate change by the Snowy Valleys Council Young Citizen of the Year.
FEELING disillusioned with the world is not a feeling solely reserved for adults, but you don’t hear of many young teenagers writing songs about it. That’s exactly what young Tumut local, Rory Phillips, has done.
The Truth is gifted young musician, Rory Phillips’ latest single. Co-written with his producer, Roger Corbett (The Bushwackers), The Truth sees a new maturity from Phillips, one which still seems beyond his 13 years. However, being referred to as an “old soul” is a phrase Phillips has heard his whole life and a badge he wears with pride.
Inspired by the likes of Greta Thunberg and the School Strike 4 Climate movement, Phillips felt the urge to use his music to shine a light on the bigger picture.
“It’s hard to explain, but I wanted to say something with this song. Our family are very passionate waste warriors and I get so frustrated listening to world leaders dancing around climate change issues. It seems so obvious to me that more needs to be done, before it’s too late. I’m no Billy Bragg, but if I can influence anyone to think a little more about our environment, or to question climate change deniers with this song, I will feel like I have achieved something” said Phillips.
In a first for Phillips, he has also teamed up with fellow Snowy Mountains creatives, Red Dirt Road Productions (owned and run by Fanny Lumsden and Dan Stanley Freeman), to bring this song to life visually with his debut music video. The video was shot around his hometown of Tumut and tells the story from Rory’s point of view.
Phillips claims “Part of the reason I wanted The Truth to have a video is because this song is making a statement, so I felt it was important. The other part was just because I wanted the experience of actually doing it! I’m always so keen to learn more about the music industry from the inside, and what better way than by doing.”
The Truth will be available online for pre-order from 1 June 2020, released 17 June 2020. It will premiere on ABC Double J’s Tower of Song with Henry Wagons 15 June 2020.