Up and coming Toronto artists Chèlle and Mully come together to collaborate on “If You Were Here”, a single that narrates the realities of being separated from someone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike their usual pop dance anthems, both artists decided to strip everything down to give us this vulnerable pop ballad. The main driving point of the song is the emotional and stunning vocal performances from Chèlle and Mully that give you two different perspectives of a relationship, accompanied by an isolated electric guitar.
Michelle Cavaleri (Chèlle) is a pop singer/songwriter who has been playing piano and guitar since before she turned 12. At 13, she began writing original music and performing in bars and venues across Toronto, shortly before becoming self-taught in the art of production to create her own demos. Her continued musical exploration ultimately lead her to pursue a degree in vocal jazz performance and then began her music ventures in Nashville, TN in 2014. Her instinctive pop music sensibilities stem from her love of jazz and classical music and now her music is known to be catchy, heartfelt, and radio-friendly.
“If You Were Here” is backed by a bittersweet guitar melody that reflects the emotional nature of the song and its lyrics. Chèlle offers a heart-filled starting verse. Her vocals are pleasantly velvety, blending harmoniously and effortlessly into the plucky guitar strums. Her bright voice rises and falls with the transitions through the thoughts behind the lyrics. The catchy hook is a culmination of the conflicting emotions that are also expressed when Mully takes over the second verse. He sings with a soft and rich tone, complementing the Chèlle’s sweet vocals well. As the song continues into back-to-back duets, the instrumentals swell to carry the emotive vocals. This melodious tune tugs at heartstrings, resonating with anyone who has ever been apart from a lover, friend, grandparent, or child.