Isolde Fair first garnered attention in 2017 at 13 with her song "To All The Little Girls
," written for a school assignment based on the words from Hillary Clinton's concession speech. In 2020, at age 16, she released "Rise," a song that reflects the anxiety many young people in America were struggling with during a time of social, economic and political upheaval. The song is a call to stand above it.
"To me, there is not just one message," Fair explained to Songfacts. "It has my feelings that I felt when I first started writing it and then turned out to be inspired by other feelings and events that happened as I was writing. 'Rise' is about our empowerment and the things we can do like voting, calling out injustice and other types of activism, things are pretty screwed up right now. However someone interprets it, it's cool. It should be the way that people feel whenever they hear the song - a good, bad, or inspirational feeling. Whatever feeling people get from 'Rise,' I hope it makes them feel more empowered to make positive change."