Freya Ridings is prepping fans to welcome her upcoming album Blood Orange with “Can I Jump?” that’s giving us all the good feels. Released alongside her second performance at Alexandra Palace, the single is about taking a leap of faith for love, with hopes that jumping off the top is the right choice.
Contemplating whether she’s ready to marry the on-off boyfriend she’s dated since age 19, she was inspired to write a song that shows her willingness to commit to a relationship, and the doubt that kind of mires the joy of making such a huge life-defining decision.
Spreading a beautiful message that’s as much about hope as it is of doubt, Ridings sings in the chorus, “Would you walk away / When I’m standing at the top / I don’t think my heart can take / Any promises that break / Wanna take a leap of faith for us / Can I jump? / Love you all the way / Give you everything I’ve got, I’ve got, I’ve got.”
Speaking on the song’s message, Ridings says: “I have always had trust issues. I mean, I’m a solo artist! I could have been in a band, but it always felt safer to do things alone. And I liked to be in control. And there’s a huge element where you cannot be in control when you’re getting married to someone. You have to trust and love them completely. So I was like: can I jump?”
Ridings penned the track alongside Scott Harris (Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes) and Annika Bennett along with Grammy Award-winning producer Federico Vindver (Coldplay, Meghan Trainor).
As a songwriter, Ridings proved herself to the music industry when she became the first female artist to have an entirely self-written song creep into the UK top 10 since Kate Bush’s original release of “Running Up That Hill” in 1985 with her 2017 single “Lost Without You.”
The success of the single helped launch her onto a global stage when she followed it up with her self-titled debut album. Since then, she has continued to gather millions of people to her fan base, thrilling them with her unique vocals and impressive lyrics.