Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Singer Kira Isabella Being Praised for Date-Rape Tale 'Quarterback'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ottawa Singer Kira Isabella Being Praised for Date-Rape Tale 'Quarterback'

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Ottawa singer hailed for song about date rape

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TORONTO - Ottawa country singer Kira Isabella keeps meeting fans who deeply relate to her breakthrough single "Quarterback" -- and it's heart-breaking.

The song tells the story of a "no-name girl from the freshman class" who has drinks poured down her throat by the star quarterback and wakes up groggily the next morning to find pictures of her first sexual experience smeared across the Internet.

And while the song is providing the 21-year-old Isabella with a new level of critical regard, she's a little troubled by the degree to which it's resonated with her fans.

"It's very unfortunate in my opinion how many people can really relate to the subject matter," she said this week in a telephone interview. "I just got to tour all across Canada and I met too many young girls who had tears in their eyes and a story to tell.

"Either (they) connected to this story or it had happened to their best friend, or something along the lines of what happens in the story.

"It's very, very sad."

The potential audience for Isabella's song -- the first single from October's "Caffeine & Big Dreams" -- is only growing after being hailed as best-of-2014 material by several major outlets.

NPR and the Guardian both included the song on lists of the best tracks of the year, while Spin magazine declared "Quarterback" unequivocally the top country song of 2014, writing: "More people need to hear this song than there are country fans."

Written by the Nashville trio of Rivers Rutherford, Bobby Hamrick and Marti Dodson and partially inspired by the Steubenville High School rape case, "Quarterback" was originally pitched to Carrie Underwood, but one of her reps decided the song would be inappropriate due to the "American Idol" winner's romantic history with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. …

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