You're the Voice (5:00)

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“You’re the Voice” is a song written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson for John Farnham, which he recorded for his sixteenth album Whispering Jack released in 1986. Reid, who wrote the lyrics, told Songfacts: “It’s an anti-war song in a way, but it was more of a ‘make your voice heard’ kind of thing. Wake up to your own power.” The song was awarded the 1987 Aria Award for “Single of the Year”. The song was one of the biggest hits of the year in Australia, topping the singles chart there for many weeks. It is also one of Farnham’s biggest international successes, reaching the top 10 in many European countries, although in the US it performed relatively poorly. BMG/RCA re-released the song in the US in February 1990, after Farnham made the Adult Contemporary charts with “Two Strong Hearts”. It spent 8 weeks on the charts, peaking only at #82.

“You’re the Voice” was released in September 1986. It was written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson. The song was produced by Ross Fraser. It was the first single from the album “Whispering Jack”, with both single and album reaching number 1 in Australia. “Whispering Jack” remains the highest selling album in Australian history.

The song was awarded the 1987 ARIA Award for “Single of the Year”.

Its B-Side featured the song, “Going, Going, Gone”.

The following artists covered the song:

# Scott Grimes on his 1989 self-titled album.


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