Australian Singer/songwriter Ida Maree has recently released a new single that will have you grabbing for the tissue boxes. She puts her own spin on the classic song “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, originally sung by the Bee Gees.
The song is a ballad that was released back in 1971 and has always been a favorite of Ida’s. Her soft but powerful voice gives the song a whole new atmosphere, and the simplicity of the acoustics give her voice room to shine. Her tone and control are reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John, a voice that will have everyone stop and listen. Ida’s reimagined version of “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” is piano-based, giving it a more comforting and tranquil sound for the listener.
For anyone that knows the song, it has helped so many get through the pain of heartbreak, and for years has given people a beautiful piece of music to heal from and appreciate the finer things in life.
Ida Maree also writes her own music and released her new album “Chapter 2” on September 18th, including the single “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”.
Ida has been working on this project for a year and a half, and it contains songs truly from the soul. Make sure to stay tuned for the release of Ida Maree’s full album, coming this month.
When did you begin to reimagine “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”, where did you envision this version going? Were you worried about doing the original song justice?
I was so excited about the song, it has always moved me through the years. With such impacting lyrics and melody, it was about respecting it’s original beauty then emotionally connecting and turning it into my own, something forward-facing. What we created in the studio was a version that mirrors the kind of art, music, and message of my personal Chapter 2 journey.
What do you want your listeners to know about “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"
It’s a song of hope. No one is exempt from heartbreak, it isn’t something we can prepare ourselves for; we start off in life not knowing what tomorrow may bring. Heartbreak manifests itself in diverse ways and despite the emotional pain, sorrow, and the helplessness we experience through the long journey, there is hope that our brokenness in time can be mended.
How would you describe the tone of the rest of your album? Do you consider yourself part of one genre or do you enjoy experimenting with different sounds?
The Chapter 2 album is a combination of the music I love and inspires me, being of RnB, pop, and spiritual. Every line in every song speaks of my personal life’s journey laced with heartbreak, musical completeness, sorrow, fear, and the unknown along with renewed hope in a new Chapter 2 of my life.
Who would you say is your greatest inspiration in music? Did you always envision yourself going down this career path?
Yes, I knew that music was going to be my career. Music has been in my blood and my life from as young as can be remembered, I’m incredibly blessed to do what I do as a songwriter and performer. I’m inspired by so many various artists from for diverse reasons, to name a few such as Bees Gees (of course), John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Cece Winans, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Khalid ........the list goes on...
What does it mean to you to be able to cover some of your favorite songs? What would you say to the Bee Gees if you could?
My first love is creating music, but there's also amazing joy when you emotionally connect with a song and let your heart lead the way and to have the opportunity to record them on the album it was wonderful to emotionally and musically be drawn to 3 covers (How Can You Mend, Tell Your Heart To Beat Again & My Tribute) that I felt compelled to record for the album, as they mirrored my the Chapter 2 journey. What I’d say to the Bee Gees... Firstly, thank you wholeheartedly !!! Their music has been the backdrop of my life, from the as young as I can remember through to my adulthood - a lifetime fan of their musical creations, all aspects of it! I would be so honored, whilst also fulfilling a lifetime dream, of singing a duet with Barry, I couldn't think of a better song than How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.