Hurt By You

Album: Single release only (2017)
  • This piano-backed track is the debut solo single by Emily Warren. The New York singer-songwriter is best known for her vocal and writing contributions to various Chainsmokers hits including "Don't Let Me Down" and "Paris." Her other songwriting credits include Shawn Mendes' "Aftertaste" and Sean Paul's "No Lie."
  • The song tells a true story about Warren allowing herself to fall in love with someone - even if it means she has to go through pain.

    In that moment in-between I love and f---in' hate you
    I'm not sure, not sure
    But that isn't stopping me
    So come sweep me off my feet


    Warren explained to BreathHeavy.com: "I wrote it with Nick Ruth and Scott Harris. We had this really long conversation where I was saying, 'in my life, I have almost no examples of successful relationships.' My parents are happily married, but they've both been divorced, and I feel like almost all my friends are cheated on or cheat on each other and every relationship seems to fail except my grandparents pretty much, and so having that mindset going into a relationship, wanting to be vulnerable and then having my head go: 'well there's no way this is going to work. I'm definitely doomed,' and how poisonous of a thought that is when you're trying to fall in love with someone… so the song is about letting go of that and realizing even if it does fail it's worth it to believe and surrender and go into this."
  • Warren told Billboard magazine that she is aware that the production of the track sounds different to her work with the Chainsmokers, but she was keen to show what she can do without the dance duo's assistance.

    "Finding the right production for this was a really fun process," said the singer. "There's an inherent Motown feel with the vocal stacks on the 'hurt by you' line, and the rest of the song comes across as almost genre-less or at least fluid, which is something we were keen to maintain; I wanted the song to be a reflection of all the different styles of music that influenced me," Warren said. "So we used heavily organic instrumentation, sonics that will ideally stand the test of time, with small contemporary elements - such as the vocal chops. Together, it hopefully comes across as an ode to my influences but with my own personal twist."
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