Starley‘s “Love Is Love” is a personal pop song that’s catchy, empowering, and just a bit heartbreaking. The Australian artist puts her heart on her sleeve, revealing a story that is tender, even as the song is bright and filled with the sound of hope.
“‘Love is Love’ is a very personal song for me,” Starley said. “I had written a first draft for it that had a lot less detail. After sharing it with a few friends, it seemed it wasn’t hitting home all the way, and I realized it was because I was leaving out the parts of the story I felt uncomfortable sharing. I decided to re-write it and dig deeper. That felt scary and liberating at the same time. From that process ‘Love is Love’ was born.”
Starley spent a year in the studio to prepare her upcoming album. Her previous hit, Call On Me went 4 times platinum in Australia and Platinum in the U.S. with more than a billion streams around the world.
“The cover for ‘Love is Love’ is not about me,” said Starley. “Although, this song is my personal story, it’s a song for everyone, so I felt like a heart was the perfect way to go. The plot twist is that the colors I chose are the very colors of the bisexual flag. I feel like there should be a flag that represents love in all forms – interracial, interfaith, gay, straight, bisexual, trans, and so on. Until that exists, I’ve chosen to use the colors of the bisexual flag because they relate to my personal journey.”