Let The Sun Shine

Album: Electronic Earth (2010)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • Labrinth is Timothy McKenzie, an English dance/ hip hop singer and producer. This is his debut single as a solo artist. Prior to the song's release, Labrinth had already achieved two Top 10 singles in the UK in collaboration with rapper Tinie Tempah on the songs "Pass Out" and "Frisky". He has also worked with JLS and Pixie Lott.
  • Labrinth told the story behind this song to The Sun September 24, 2010: "It was influenced by the sun coming up. I was working in my little studio in my bedroom. My brother was sleeping in the bunk bed behind me and kept waking up saying, 'Keep it down, you're making too much noise.' At that time, I felt I was learning so much musically and it felt like the most perfect moment writing that track with the first rays of sun shining into the room. People listen to it and they say it sounds like a 'eureka!' moment and it was."
  • Labrinth is signed to Simon Cowell's record label, Syco and is the pop mogul's first non-talent show signing in six years. It is believed that Cowell recruited Labrinth after the X-Factor guru decided he wanted to branch out from pop and find acts with edge who he could groom from the ground up.
  • This song was penned by Labrinth when he was still a teenager. He told Digital Spy: "When you're growing up in music, your music grows with you - that's why I call a lot of the songs I recorded when I was 17 or 18 'baby pictures'. 'Let The Sun Shine' was a baby picture for me. Usually my mum pulls them out once in a while and I get so embarrassed. Some of my older tracks are making it through to the album, but a lot of them make me hang my head in shame!"
  • Labrinth admitted to the NME that he was not impressed with the song's accompanying video. He explained: "There were random girls in the video that didn't need to be there. It was just some random guy wandering around. It wasn't great."
  • This started out as a Country song. Labrinth had visited Nashville to learn all about American folk music and stagecraft.

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