Soar (4:45)

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From Stripped and 3 other releases

Heather Holley (co-writer of “Soar”) In songwriting, it’s all about the “hook”—that catchy combination of music, melody and lyric that sticks in your head. The hook is the message we want to leave you with. It’s what we’re selling.

The trick is to find a hook that expresses a universal theme in a way that hasn’t been done yet. I found myself facing that challenge with “Soar,” a song that my songwriting partner Rob Hoffman and I produced and co-wrote with Christina Aguilera.

.Christina wasn’t given the opportunity to write any of her own material on her first album. For her second album—”Stripped,” which came out in 2002—she chose to break out of the pop-princess mold and show the world the artist behind the voice. She arrived at our studio with two bulging tote bags of journals. A hit album, world tour, first love, heartbreak, betrayal—all had been poured into those journals. It was time to get it out.

Christina had received countless letters from young fans, particularly women, lamenting the pressure they felt to conform, to please others. Having faced her own struggles with self-acceptance, she asked us to help her to write a song with a message to her fans: “Be yourself and follow your dreams, no matter what anyone else thinks.”

Rob went to work on the music. If you listen to the instrumental part of the song, you get a sense of the story: scene-setting in the verse, tension building in the pre-chorus, a payoff in the chorus, a new twist in the bridge and a climactic finale.

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When they push when they pull, tell me can you hold on?
When they say you should change can you lift your head high
And stay strong?
Will you give up, give in, when your heart's crying out that it's wrong?

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  • AkeriAizawa

    This song really speaks me. Love her and love this album! <3 [5] This album is my therapy and this song is so inspiring [5] That whistle slays me! [6] What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [21]

    30 Mar 5:26pm Reply
  • laserbeanz

    This song really speaks me. Love her and love this album! <3 [4] This album is my therapy and this song is so inspiring [4] That whistle slays me! [5] What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [20]

    30 Mar 4:59am Reply
  • wahabbitch

    This song really speaks me. Love her and love this album! <3 [3] This album is my therapy and this song is so inspiring [3] That whistle slays me! [4] What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [19]

    26 Mar 12:01pm Reply
  • jordansuxx

    This song really speaks me. Love her and love this album! <3 [2] This album is my therapy and this song is so inspiring [2] That whistle slays me! [3]

    1 Mar 7:42pm Reply
  • BriaMaria2013

    This song really speaks me. Love her and love this album! <3

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • giovanemartins

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nwatts

    10/10 would listen again

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MyDay_Dream

    What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [17]

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • rober_kremer

    This album is my therapy and this song is so inspiring

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jumptomymusic

    3:20 thrills me out ♥♥♥♥

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    That whistle slays me! [2]

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Jenny_Babydoll

    What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [16]

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheGapDragon

    Best song on Stripped :)

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • AnaM16

    One of the best Christina's songs and the best on Stripped ♥

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • HausOfLua

    What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [15]

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BlueVogue

    One of her best songs, so in love with this ♥

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • phoenixofficial

    What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [14]

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • nastyboy1009

    What are you waiting for? Spread your wings and soar! ♥ [13]

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ofillipe

    That whistle slays me!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • nokLa5300

    amazing<3

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
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