Producing “STRONG” – Generation Z

"Brilliant song, and what incredible teenagers. Gave me goosebumps!!"

About Strong by Generation Z

Strong is a track which I produced and wrote jointly with my partners Perrie Young and Daniella Joseph for teenage band Generation Z. The single, released on 21 August 2020, reached No.17 in the UK iTunes pop chart.

Proceeds from the single are going to Grief Encounter, supporting bereaved children, young people and their families and YoungMinds, fighting for young people with mental health issues.

The song lets young people know they’re not alone during the Covid 19 pandemic, explains Generation Z singer Amy Boujenah, “Lockdown has had a huge impact on our mental health, but we want to show that we will, come out stronger, and more resilient.”

Official Music Video – “radio edit”

Above: The official Music Video to Strong – shot in open spaces in Highgate and Stanmore by PRFilms.

Media coverage

Strong, the single, received extensive TV, press and radio coverage – below is a selection.

Above: Strong and Generation Z on Sky News, on Sunday 30 August 2020 – the segment was aired 13 times.

Above: Coverage on Channel 5 News, on Thursday 20 August 2020, prior to release.

Above: I’m interviewed on Andrew Pierce’s LBC show about the production of Strong, with singer Olivia Lynn.

Additional coverage

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Above: Twitter support from celebrities including John Barnes, Adam Lallana and Martin Lewis

Highest Chart position

Strong - by Generation Z - iTunes Pop Chart, no.17

Strong was sandwiched between Becky Hill and Katy Perry on release day.

“Ballad mix” of Strong

Above: I worked with legendary mix engineer Wes Maebe on a classic ballad production of Strong, which is scheduled to be released on all platforms by Autumn 2021.

Music production and new projects

Co-writing, producing and coordinating the Strong project was a lot of fun, and I am now working with various artists on:

  • Solo album production
  • Production music for Spotify
  • More session pianist work

I work in a range of studios and have access to some of the world’s best session musicians including drummers, bass players, guitarists and string players who record for me remotely.

Please get in touch to discuss your project.

joe and amy in camera

Above: Generation Z starlets, at the socially-distanced music video shoot for Strong.

Music credits on Strong by Generation Z

Strong, the single radio edit

Songwriters: Perrie Young, Daniella Joseph, Bryan Edery
Executive Producers: Bryan Edery, Perrie Young, Daniella Joseph
Producers: David Stevens, Caz Stevens
Backing Vocals: Caroline Stevens
Piano: Bryan Edery
Drums: Alex Toff
High Hats: Trevor Murrell
Guitar: Jo Webb
Synthesiser, Bass Guitar ,Tambourine: David Stevens
Mix: David Stevens Mastering: Pete Maher

Strong, the ballad mix

Songwriters: Perrie Young, Daniella Joseph, Bryan Edery
Producer: Bryan Edery
Mixing & Mastering: Wes Maebe
Piano: Bryan Edery
Drums: Alex Toff
Bass: Vin Benjamin
Guitar: Jo Webb
Violin: Sally Wyn-Ryan
Viola: Tríona Milne

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      “Strong” lyrics

      I remember long ago
      When we were free to roam the world
      We really thought that we could live forever

      But now we’re home and you’re out there
      Giving people all your care
      Shows us that we gotta stick together

      It’s a little bit crazy how the world’s turned upside down
      It’s a little bit funny how the life that we once knew
      Has disappeared from view

      We gotta breathe in, take the pain
      We will climb and rise again
      We gotta stay calm and ride the storm together
      We gotta fight now and we’ll come through
      We all know what we gotta do, forever
      Keep holding on
      We’ve gotta stay strong
      We’re telling everybody

      I remember what I saw
      I’d go home, please no more
      These pictures in my head are there to haunt me

      But I remember when I cried
      The happy tears of all my pride
      We stood and fought together and it changed me

      It’s a little bit funny how the world has gone so wrong
      It’s a little bit crazy but we’ve gotta stay strong
      We’ve gotta stay strong

      We gotta breathe in, take the pain
      We will climb and rise again
      We gotta stay calm and ride the storm together
      (Oh) We gotta fight now and we’ll come through
      We all know what we gotta do forever
      Keep holding on
      We’ve gotta stay strong

      Keep fighting
      Keeping running
      Don’t ever give up trying
      Keep striding
      Keep holding on……

      We gotta breathe in, take the pain
      We will climb and rise again
      We gotta stay calm and ride the storm together

      (Oh) We gotta fight now and we’ll come through
      We all know what we gotta do, forever
      Keep holding on

      We’ve gotta stay strong
      I’m telling everybody
      We’ve gotta stay strong
      I’m telling everybody…
      Keep holding on
      We’ve gotta stay strong