Joe McElderry's first single is "The Climb"; it was released by download on the 14th December 2009 and was available on CD by 16 December 2009. It is a cover of a country pop song performed by American recording artist and actress Miley Cyrus for the 2009 film Hannah Montana: The Movie. The song was written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, who were inspired by their experiences in the music industry.
I can almost see it, that dream I'm dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying you'll never reach it
Every step I'm taking, every move I make feels
Lost with no direction, my faith is shaken