Chris Laidlaw describes Stand Tall as,
“aspirational…a song like the ones we used to know from a time we thought might have gone…maybe it hasn’t”.
Olympic Montage, St Lukes Choir & Sam RB Recorded Live in London:
After an amazing month travelling around Europe busking and gigging I had an opportunity to perform ‘Stand Tall’ with the St Lukes Choir in London. The Choir managed to learn ‘Stand Tall’ on the night of this performance and it was an incredibly moving experience that I will remember forever.
Much thanks to: Paul Hobbs, Ross Wilson & Doug Thomson (from TV One) for your time and effort shooting, editing and putting this wonderful memory onto film, so very appreciated; Dave & Pat Tomlinson for sharing your home, hearts and choir with us; Everyone in the choir, it was just fantastic to meet you all, thank you for your contribution; Claire Cowan and Play It Strange Trust for scoring ‘Stand Tall’; Cath who was an exceptional ‘giant page’ turner; the very talented Choir Master, Justin Butcher, who pulled it all together and made it happen; and last but not least the NZOC and all those Stand Tall ‘Daily Voters’ that got me there in the first place! Thank you one and all xxx
I wrote Stand Tall after seeing the Olympic Songwriting Competition posted on the Play It Strange facebook page. I initially saw it as simply an opportunity to write a song, and had no real expectation that it would become anything more than that. However, stepping into the studio (with the likes of Eddie Rayner, Michael Barker, Brett Adams and Sam Allen) and the overwhelming public support this song received throughout the voting process, made me a believer. Stand Tall is a song about a journey, something that we all can relate to. Its about facing challenges, finding that place where we stand tall inside and believe in ourselves.
Thank you to Play It Strange Trust and the NZ Olympic Committee for the opportunity; everyone that voted for Stand Tall and made this experience possible; and all the wonderful and kind people that have stuck by me over the years and were instrumental in me finding that place of self belief.
Please support Stand Tall by watching and sharing the official music video – produced by Mike Riddell (The Insatiable Moon), featuring the fantastic kids from Fairburn School (South Auckland) and made possible with donations (via Pledge Me and from the NZ Olympic Committee) and people giving their time and skills.
TV One News Story by Paul Hobbs, July 25 2012 – Sam RB in London:
Stand Tall in NZ Sign Language:
ANZ NZ Olympic Team Welcome Home:
Other recent media:
Stand Tall on TV One Good Morning Show, April 30 2012 - watch
Stand Tall on TV One News, April 18 2012 - watch
Much thanks to Claire Cowan for scoring it, and Play It Strange for making it available – click here
Stand Tall by Sam RB
Through sweat blood and tears
You followed your dreams
To where you now stand
On top of the world
You make us all proud
Your journey so far
Taken you to the mountains
And you climbed every one
You stand tall
You stand strong
You stand above
You stand beyond
You carry our dreams
Carry our hopes
A nation proud
We wish you well
(final chorus – We stand tall)
When times get tough
As they’re sure to do
Remember where you come from
Listen, you’ll hear us cheering for you
About Stand Tall:
Sam RB wrote Stand Tall for the Play It Strange Olympic Songwriting Competition, a nation wide competition to find NZ’s Olympic Anthem for the 2012 London Olympic
“Stand Tall was shortlisted from more than forty entries, recorded professionally at Roundhead Studios and produced by Eddie Rayner just before Christmas,” Sam RB says. “It was an honour to have my song Stand Tall selected as one of the ten finalists. Working with such great NZ musicians, including Eddie Rayner, Jim Hall, Michael Barker, Brett Adams and Sam Allen was a real privilege.
When it came to writing Stand Tall, Sam says she imagined what work and sacrifice it would take to be an elite athlete in the NZ Olympic team. “I wanted to provoke certain emotions in the listener, so I also tapped into the challenges that I have faced over the years and the sense of pride, self-respect and mastery that came from overcoming barriers and achieving in spite of them,” she says.
Sam RB is a fulltime musician currently working on her next album (released in 2013) and she is funding it by busking on Queen St and in Auckland’s markets.
Written and Composed by Sam RB. Produced & mixed by Eddie Rayner. Recorded at Roundhead Studio. Engineer: Ben Knapp.
Band: Brett Adams (electric guitar), Michael Barker (drums), Sam RB (vocals), Sam Allen (vocals, acoustic guitar), Eddie Rayner (piano, keyboards), Jim Hall (bass).
Chorus: Debbie Harwood, Paul Jeffery, Brett Adams, Michael Barker, Sam RB, Sam Allen, Jim Hall, Rachel Schryvers, Eddie Rayner, Marlon Morris & Rikki Morris.
Thank you to Eddie Rayner, Roundhead Studio, all the wonderful musicians, Play It Strange and the NZ Olympic Committee.