Singer/Songwriter Griffin House is set to release his new album So On and So Forth on March 4, 2016, however, in light of the recent events in Paris, House decided to release his song “Paris Calling” early to show his love and support for the city and its people. While studying abroad in his twenties, House had a transformative experience and fell in love with the city. Last year, he wrote “Paris Calling” about living in Nashville, TN, and dreaming of returning to France.
The song is a catching tribute, featuring House’s signature memorable melodies and heartfelt lyrics. “For me, Paris will always be a place that can be described by three words; magical, surreal, and enchanting. My heart is in love there – in love with life itself. I celebrated the completion of my album with a return this summer to my favorite city on Earth,” says House. “I was so saddened by this awful tragedy and the suffering it has brought to such a beautiful city and their beautiful people. I send this song out to the people of Paris, who I know will not let this darkness get in the way of the joyous life that abounds in the City of Light.”
During his trip to Paris in college, House was accepted to lodge at the legendary bookstore, Shakespeare and Company; reading, writing, and playing songs with writers and artists from around the world. He spent his days wandering the city, reading books (guests required to read one book a day) and working at the esteemed bookstore. At night, they held parties at Shakespeare and Company or in secret rooms underneath the city, performing poetry, songs, and sharing wine and stories.
Through the end of the year all proceeds from the sale of “Paris Calling” will benefit Secours Populaire, a non-profit organization that aims to fight against poverty and exclusion in France and throughout the World. The organization brings together people of all views, circumstances, and origins who wish to live in solidarity.
House has also released a video for “Paris Calling” that features photos he took in Paris that reflect some of his favorite memories exploring the city.
In the wake of tragedy, “Paris Calling” is an uplifting symbol of hope and happiness that embodies the spirit of the city. As the lyric states, “We could fall in love again, we could fall in love again.”