Jessica Phoenix has many wins, trophies and accolades, Pan American medals in all the colours, two Olympic participations, two kids, several horses and now her own song. Rise, performed by country artist Elyse Saunders, was inspired by Jessica’s story, rising from a serious accident at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in May of 2015 which left her with a fractured sacrum, broken ribs and lacerated liver. She underwent surgery and was told she would not recover in time to defend her Individual Gold Medal at the Pan American Games – which were held on her home turf of Ontario in July. Oh, ye of little faith. She was not only ready in time, but won the Individual Silver medal and team bronze, because of course.
Amateur eventer Veronica Low has worked in broadcast media for 35 years and owns the independent music label Roar Records. After meeting Jessica at a clinic in 2011, they became friends. She brought the idea of a song to Jessica. “I wanted an anthem, an inspirational song so Jessie’s story could reach as many people as possible,” said Veronica. “The message is so positive, it’s not only for equestrians. It can lift up people who are struggling or going through bereavement”. She met with songwriters, found a singer in March, went into the studio in April and the song was released last Thursday, just in time for Rolex. You can download it now on iTunes or add it to your Playlist on Spotify.