Shine Ya Light

Album: ORA (2012)
Charted: 10

Songfacts®:

  • This song was penned by Laura Pergolizzi, Chris Loco and Fraser T. Smith, the latter two also producing the track. Laura Pergolizzi is a Los Angeles-based Pop/Rock singer-songwriter who records under the name of L.P. Her first major breakthrough as a songwriter, came with a co-writing credit on Rihanna's single "Cheers (Drink to That)."

    English producer Fraser T. Smith's credits include Adele's US #1 hit "Set Fire To The Rain." He also manned the boards on UK chart-toppers by Tinchy Stryder ("Never Leave You", "Number 1"), Pixie Lott ("Boys and Girls") and Taio Cruz ("Break Your Heart").

    Chris Crowhurst, is a British music producer, songwriter and engineer whose professional name is Chris Loco. Since signing his publishing deal, Loco has written and producing for a range of different artists including Leona Lewis and Emeli Sande. He is also a DJ and one half of Loft B Recordings (along with rapper Byron).
  • The song's music video was shot in Ora's home country of Kosovo in early September 2012 and features the singer walking down the road being flanked by motorcycles.
  • Ora told The Boombox why she decided to record this reggae-flavored track. "'Shine Ya Light' was one of those songs that I wanted to do that came from a different kind of world," she explained. "You can hear my influences in it. Reggae is one of my big influences. I love mixing and matching genres. That's who I am. It feels good. It reminds me of an anthem."
  • Rita Ora only ended up recording the track after Rihanna turned it down. "She cut it and then didn't want it on the album," Pergolizzi explained to Radio.com. "She went back to it twice, but Rita Ora cut it and it did well, especially in Europe."
  • A Simlish version by Ora appears in The Sims 3: Seasons soundtrack.

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