Editors’ Notes Raw, honest, vulnerable, and stronger than ever is how we find Jasmine Rae on Lion Side. The Sydney country artist ventured into her fifth album—and her first in five years—with a no-rules approach, letting the songs come naturally, on their own terms, rather than to meet a particular concept or deadline. It arrives after a turbulent period in which Rae experienced anxiety, self-doubt, and a long search for meaning. Still, though each track feels decidedly different, there is an overarching theme of strength throughout this deeply personal album, in which Rae opens up about life experiences and provides her take on what’s happening around her.

“Carrying the Flame” was inspired by the loss of her dad in 2012, and completed when she lost a close friend and saw how his legacy was carried on by someone else. Elsewhere, “Don’t Do It for the Haters” focuses on those who celebrate others’ achievements, rather than those who seek to bring people down. It was written in response to the trolling and hate mail she received over a 2017 copyright lawsuit against Ed Sheeran, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill, concerning her 2015 song “When I Found You.” “I don’t do it for the haters/All the broken heart breakers/Always running their mouth/Bringing me down/I ain’t hating on ’em ’cause it ain’t my problem,” she sings. “I don’t do it for the haters/It’s the love that does it for me.”

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