Emily Wurramara shares lead single ‘Cruisin” from forthcoming album

Dedicated to her late godbrother Dion

Emily Wurramara has shared a new single, ‘Cruisin”, the lead release from her forthcoming second studio album.

According to Wurramara, the ballad is dedicated to the singer’s late godbrother, Dion, who died in a car accident. An accompanying music video, filmed in Brisbane, features Wurramara spending time with friends and family.

Watch the clip for ‘Cruisin” below:

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In a statement, Wurramara explained she wrote the song two weeks prior to Dion’s passing, describing him as “the only big brother I came to know in Meanjiin” (Brisbane).

“I had no idea why I wrote it at the time; I was feeling trapped, isolated. I just wanted to cruise to a place that made me happy,” she said.

“On the same day he passed I was performing at a festival in Queensland, it was one of the hardest shows I’ve ever done. I had Dion’s photo next to me whilst I sang.

“‘Cruisin” is a universal word that also means ‘going somewhere’. It’s something we absolutely loved doing together, it’s something that Dion loved doing.”

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Wurramara’s currently-untitled forthcoming album will be a follow-up to her 2018 debut, ‘Milyakburra’. The record earned her an ARIA nomination for Best Blues and Roots Album, as well as the AIR Award for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album.

The singer has been added to the lineup of various festivals throughout 2021, including Sydney Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, multiple legs of the Summersalt performance series and Bluesfest.

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