Karin Kortjé’s new single carries a message of hope for everybody who finds themselves in a tough situation.
Live Out Loud is the first song from the pen of the former SA Idols winner who lives in Kuils River.
Karin wrote the song with Mitchell’s Plain guitarist and producer Tyrone Marinus.
The inspiration behind the song was Karin’s personal journey and the challenges she has faced in her life.
She says when people listen to Live Out Loud they should think about their own struggles and find comfort in the song.
“We do survive, we do overcome our challenges, so we just need to stay strong and positive.
“Allow that to inspire you and be bold and live out loud. Before Covid-19, children being murdered was in the spotlight again and that also just motivated me. I felt so helpless and I wanted to do something. So, when we started writing that was the driving force behind the song.
“I told Tyrone we are both parents and we need to put ourselves in the shoes of those parents who have lost children under those circumstances. During that time my son, Cameron, 18, one evening during the week went to confirmation class at church and some guys followed him on his way home, with the intention of robbing him.
“He showed them his Bible and hymn book and fortunately they left him alone.
“That was the same night Tazne van Wyk was murdered. Cameron usually informs us when he’s finished, and we then fetch him but that night he didn’t. We were so worried and when the news of Tazne came through the next day, I just broke down crying thinking it could have been my son.”
The song is also about giving hope to people battling to deal with the current lockdown.
Karin does all the vocals on the song, but she has a surprise backing vocalist in her 5-year-old son, Joshua.
The song is available on Apple Music, Google Play Music, Simfy Africa, Deezer and Tidal.