PREMIERE: Stevie Jean - Hell in Every Religion
After a year away from the industry, 2017 Unearthed High finalist Stevie Jean, makes her return to music with the brilliant Hell In Every Religion.
It's hard not to make the immediate comparison between Stevie Jean and artists like Montaigne, Ngairre and Thando. Clean, huge and truly remarkable vocalists whose voices express their own instrumentality and turn minimalist intelligent music production to mountains. Yet, that's the ballpark that Stevie Jean finds herself in. To stand with artists of such a huge caliber and not be left looking little league, rather like you've always been there, despite still being a teenager and despite taking a year off music... That is truly special. Northern Territory based singer, Stevie Jean, is a genuine superstar.
Hell In Every Religion is as much of a statement of arrival as it is a pure and brilliant song. Having initially released the song as a demo for Triple J's Unearthed High last year (a effort that saw Stevie Jean place as a finalist in the competition), this is a song reborn, revamped and reworked in every essence. The end product is soulful, dominant and meticulously constructed. A soaring piece of soul music that earmarks the arrival of a true talent.
Sounding as though it was commissioned for a Quinton Tarantino or Bond movie, Hell In Every Religion, tackles the toxic nature of organised religion. When asked of the inspiration behind the song Jean states:
"I wrote Hell In Every Religion when I was fourteen in Chapel at an Anglican school. The kids who were christened were allowed to partake in communion but the kids who weren't had to sit and watch; they were excluded. I was really fixated on this idea of indoctrination, and how these young minds where being impressed with these myths."
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