In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl, an incredible milestone in support of girls’ rights. This year, America’s Got Talent alumnus Angelica Hale releases “Looking Up,” a new song recognizing this annual celebration, with lyrics inspired by the brilliance, strength, and generational power of girls everywhere.
Hale will officially debut “Looking Up” with a performance at the World Woman Hour global digital event on October 11. “Looking Up,” written by 2x Grammy-nominated composer and songwriter Ryan Shore and award-winning songwriter Elizabeth Russo, helps soundtrack the inspiring stories of 60 women, told in 60 seconds each, in a powerful 60 minutes of film. The film, which features Cynthia Erivo, Raja Kumari, Kechi Okwuchi, Faouzia Ouihya, MC Soffia, and Billboard VP of Latin Music Industry Leila Cobo, will be first shown at this weekend’s premiere of the World Woman Hour event.
The event also serves as the culmination of the World Woman Foundation’s #ShesMyHero campaign. “I’m extremely honored to be participating in the World Woman Hour,” says Angelica Hale. “It’s so wonderful that, through singing and overcoming my own personal health struggles, I’ve been able to help make a difference in the lives of others, especially young girls like myself — to help inspire them to follow their dreams, no matter what. ‘Looking Up’ really embodies that, the fact that while you’re looking up to your hero, your hero was once looking up to someone else. That really resonates with me.”
Songwriters Ryan Shore and Elizabeth Russo share a similar sentiment. “We’re so honored and excited to be part of the World Woman Hour’s incredible initiative,” say Shore and Russo. “‘Looking Up’ is an uplifting, anthemic song, which we hope will speak to all women and girls as they find the motivation, hope, and confidence to pursue their dreams. The song puts a spotlight on the ever-growing ladder effect, which is a beautiful, generational cycle of inspiration. One is never too young or old to keep ‘Looking Up!’”
World Woman Hour #ShesMyHero is a global initiative committed to creating a playbook of real-life digital role models for one million girls to overcome inequality & adversity. “Looking up” is the modern-day empowerment manifesto for women and girls around the world. Through the event, song, and #ShesMyHero, the World Woman Foundation, Geometry, and BCW aim to spread hope and inspire people to realize that they themselves are everyday heroes.
The event will also be providing grants to impactful, entrepreneurial women-run projects globally. Stream the World Woman Hour event, film, and Angelica Hale performance on the World Woman Foundation’s YouTube page or Facebook Live Event at 4 p.m. EST this Sunday.
This post was created in partnership with World Woman Foundation.