Danny Lamb Is A Champion For Love & Perseverance

The singer-songwriter helps you unleash your inner hero with his latest single.

Danny Lamb counsels you to make a heroic effort with his uplifting, anthemic new single Champion — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

We all have the power to reach into ourselves and find what it takes to rise above. But every now and then, we need the encouragement of someone who’s had to do the same thing. Enter Canadian singer-songwriter, teacher and musical philanthropist Lamb, whose Champion distills his own triumphs into a call to action that could steel anybody’s resolve:

“With all your love
Be someone the world will call a champion
Don’t be afraid
You will overcome
And the world will call you a champion.”

Like much of Lamb’s work, the song was inspired by his experiences with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, both of which he lives with on a daily basis. He’s even been an ambassador of Hydrocephalus Canada since he was 18 years old. But the fortifying sentiments of the tune are broad enough, and its musical strokes bold enough, that it could have a million other applications — from personal affirmations to nonprofit initiatives to sporting events and even commercial ad campaigns. It’s a stirring, immensely commercial showstopper that’s made all the more compelling by a rapped bridge from Canadian spoken-word poet, motivational speaker and hip-hop artist Chris Tse, who offers moral support to all the “rebel kids” who wear their battle scars like a “badge of honour.”

And the kids are listening. Champion was adopted as the official theme of the recent Take Action summer camp, which was geared towards developing the leadership skills of young people, deepening their awareness of issues they care about locally and globally, and empowering them to create action plans for positive, equitable change.

Champion is typical of the six tracks on Lamb’s new Evolve EP, which emphasizes march-tempo earworms that are mostly uplifting and motivational — and sound so even on those occasions when the words dip into the more melancholy. A winning followup to his previous EP Change (and yes, there’s a pattern here), Evolve was produced by Andre Kaden Black and mixed and mastered by Tal Vaisman, both of whom also had a hand in the writing.

The lyrical thrust, though, remains highly personal — a natural byproduct of Lamb’s move from his small hometown of Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto. The songs, he says, were sparked by the stimulating input of new people, a new community and the resulting realization there was more he could do to make music a tool for social justice and cohesion. He even reflects on some of the privileges he himself enjoys, even as he leans into the themes of accessibility and disability rights. The record’s June release was timed to coincide with Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Awareness Month in Canada.

A polished live performer in his own right, Lamb has shared the stage with artists like Marianas Trench, Mother Mother, Fefe Dobson, Faber Drive, Honeymoon Suite and David Wilcox. Most recently, his busy schedule has included June shows in Niagara and his new home of Toronto; later in the month, he’ll be the keynote speaker at a gathering of the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Southern Alberta, being held June 19 to 22 in Calgary. He’ll be putting on a special show for the spina bifida and hydrocephalus community while he’s there.

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