The year was 2000, and this was the year that marked the start of Lionel’s music career when he picked up the guitar for the first time. For the past nine years, he has been performing everywhere with his band The Inside Job and they’ve been making the most of every opportunity, ever since. Now, he is taking his first step as a solo artist and is proud to introduce this project under the performing name, LION RAJ. To kick things off, Lion Raj releases his debut solo single and music video titled ‘Eleventh Hour’.
Watch 'Eleventh Hour' below!
‘Eleventh Hour’ has a completely different sound to that of his band. It has a more upbeat pop and fun vibe.
The song has been dubbed as something fresh in the style of pop and still bears some resemblance to his passion for rock.
Lion Raj is no stranger to the scene. Just 4 months after picking up the guitar, in 2000, he won 3 awards at the national ATKV for best composer, best original song and best group. The stories behind each of his songs will make you smile, laugh and even tear up. His live shows are energy driven and fun. He will keep you captivated all the way through a performance.
Lion Raj tells how ‘Eleventh Hour’ came to be...
“My mother, the main reason why this song was written. Her name was Ellen and she passed away the 6th of March 2018, just a few days after I found out my wife & I will have our first child. I thought of how strange it was, on one side life was lost and on the other, we celebrated the arrival of our daughter. We named her after my mother, 'Ellenor'. The sweet and the sour of life. The ups and the downs. I felt miserable and also happy. There was something I was sad about, but I was looking forward to meeting my daughter. It is never the end, life goes on & there is always something to look forward to, something to live for if you look close enough.”
Watch the music video now on YouTube below!
The music video was captured on a busy night on Lower Main Road in Observatory, Cape Town. It was shot in one continuous take, symbolising that life goes on regardless of whether you mess up or not. You can only move forward and take the highs and the blows, but always remember to keep on moving and make the most of what you have with the time you were given.