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Distance (Christina Perri song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Single by Christina Perri featuring Jason Mraz
from the album lovestrong.
Released March 20, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Length 3:55
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Christina PerriDavid Hodges
Christina Perri singles chronology
A Thousand Years
Jason Mraz singles chronology
I Won’t Give Up
93 Million Miles

Distance” is a song by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri. The new version of the track featuring Jason Mraz is the third official single taken from the deluxe version of her debut studio album “Lovestrong” (2011) released on March 20, 2012. It was written by Perri and co-written and produced by David Hodges. It is a midtempo ballad about “loving someone at the wrong time in your life” and “being around that one whom your heart longs for without being able to show your true feelings”.

The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics, with most praising their “emotional vulnerability and engagement” and their chemistry. The original version of the song is the official theme for the ABC TV series “Revenge” whose music video was released April 12, 2012. The official music video featuring Mraz was released on June 30, 2012. It has reached number 20 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.



Background and composition[edit]

“Distance” was written by Christina Perri and co-written and produced by David Hodges.[1] It is a midtempo ballad about loving someone at the wrong time in your life. Maybe it’s too soon, maybe it’s too late, but nevertheless it’s about being around that one whom your heart longs for without being able to show your true feelings, without being able to tell them.[2] A new version of the track featuring her good friend Jason Mraz was recorded and released as a single.[3][4] Perri said: “It’s very hard to keep love a secret, and I wrote this song about the one time I had to.”[2] With lyrics like, “Please don’t stand so close to me, I’m having trouble breathing, I’m afraid of what you’ll see right now,” it reflects reality for anyone who has ever fallen in love.[5]

A 30 second sample of “Distance”, where Perri and Mraz sing about being around that one whom your heart longs for without being about to show your true feelings.

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Jason Mraz is featured on the new version, released as a single.

Talking to Artist Direct, Perri further explained the track:

“I wrote it about being in love with someone and not being able to tell them. All of my songs are so specific. They’re a story in my life or something I went through which I pull from. I wrote this about the summer of 2010. I fell in love with someone, and we had to work pretty closely together. I had to pretend I didn’t like him which was the hardest thing for me because I’m not good at lying [Laughs]. The song is about the feelings and swimming in that kind of tension when you’re around someone and trying to keep it cool. That’s what it means for me. Instead of telling him I loved him, I wrote it to him in a song. That’s where I go.”[6]

Perri also talked about the experience of working with Jason Mraz on the new version:

“When a song is born, there’s one thing it’s about or one feeling it gives for the artist. There’s one feeling ‘Distance’ has given me which is stitched up on my heart, but I think it’s always up for interpretation from the listener’s perspective. Jason and I performed it together one time because we were doing a radio show and we thought, ‘Let’s sing a duet!’ He said, ‘How about ‘Distance’?’ He liked it on my album so I was like, ‘Sure.’ We sang it together in San Diego last December. Something happened. Everyone in the audience felt it. My band felt it. Our managers felt it. It was like, “What was that?” There was a three-and-a-half minute journey we went on that was pretty magical. I’m a huge Jason fan so, of course, I felt it. The fact everyone else did probably proved it was something special. We decided to do it again at some other function we were playing together. I was going to put out as a single anyway, and the idea began to get dreamed up. Now, when we perform it, we still go there. With Jason, when we sing this song, we go to this magical place. It feels really good to sing with him. I can’t wait to perform it every night together all summer.”[6]


Perri singing “Distance” at the lovestrong. tour in Puerto Rico.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Rolling Stone gave the song a positive review, commending the duet between Perri and Mraz, writing: “The song’s bittersweet message and haunting duet vocals from Perri and Mraz carry the clip with plenty of emotional vulnerability and engagement.”[2] Becky Bain of Idolator praised the duet, writing: “In addition to having two complimentary voices, Perri and Mraz have undeniable chemistry.”[7] Kyle Dowling of “Pop Crush” commented: “While melancholy, the song is beautifully done and floods with emotion.”[8] Jenna Hally Rubestein of MTV Buzzworthy praised the song, writing: “It’s the type of song poignant enough to leave you blubbering and snot-crying into an empty pint of ice cream (since Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now“), because that’s just what happens when you add one amazing singer-songwriter to another amazing singer-songwriter.[9] On his music site The Re-View, Nick Bassett called it “quite beautiful on the ears. It sounds like a much more restrained performance from the ‘Jar Of Hearts’ singer and the emotionally engaging combination of her and Mraz really does connect with some resonance.”[10]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 40 on the Adult Pop Songs on the Billboard charts.[11] It follows her number seven-peaking Adult Pop Songs hit “A Thousand Years“.[11] For the week of September 15, 2012, the song climbed from number 25 to number 20 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.[12]

Music videos[edit]

Revenge version[edit]

A music video featuring scenes of the ABC‘s TV series Revenge was released.

The original version of the song is the official theme for the ABC TV series “Revenge” whose music video was released on April 12, 2012. [3] The video begins with a 20 second clip of Jack Porter revealing his feelings for Emily Thorne played by Nick Wechsler and Emily VanCamp, respectively.[13] In the poignant scene, Jack tells Emily he’s in love with her. Alongside Perri’s slowed vocals and fitting lyrics a montage of Revenge‘s last season is played.[13] Directed by Elliott Sellers, Perri’s music video was shot on the Revenge set in Los Angeles. With clips from the show, Emily’s love triangle is showcased between her childhood friend Jack and Hamptons’ Daniel Grayson played by Joshua Bowman. It also features shots of Daniel in jail being comforted by a photo of Emily while Emily is at home consoled by Jack.[13] The video also shows Perri interacting with actor Wechsler.[13]

Official version[edit]

The official video featuring Jason Mraz was released on June 30, 2012. Set in a house, the video features Perri dressed in a white dress, soft makeup, and loose waves, while she walks about the house singing before viewers catch a glimpse of Mraz strumming his guitar in presumably, a different location. The two never actually appear on screen together, but the last scene of Perri stripping down pictures and tearing through a wall may leave an impression that she and he will eventually reunite.[14]

“There’s something about the simplicity of the lyrics, with the openness of my heart, I just didn’t want anything dramatic,” she told InStyle of her look, a relaxed little white dress and bare feet. “I wanted classy and simple.” “I wanted to look exactly the way I look right now in this video, in a dress I would wear at home or on stage, in my jewelry, with the minimal makeup I actually wear, and just being me”, she said. “This video is supposed to take you into my reality, not a dream, a real life experience of mine.”[5]


Chart (2012) Peak
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[12] 20


  1. ^ Christopher, James (2011-05-10). “Lovestrong. [Deluxe Edition] – Christina Perri”. AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  2. a b c “Premiere: Christina Perri, ‘Distance'”Rolling Stone. June 1, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  3. a b “Christina Perri’s ‘Distance’ Music Video for ABC’s ‘Revenge'”Hollywood Reporter. April 11, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  4. ^ “New Music from May 02 to 30, 2012”Turn the Radio On. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  5. a b Clott, Sharon (July 2, 2012). “Christina Perri’s New Music Video “Distance”: The Fashion Details”InStyle. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  6. a b Florino, Rick (July 11, 2012). “Christina Perri Talks Jason Mraz Tour, “Tragedy”, Favorite Books, Movies, and More”Artist Direct. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Bain, Becky (June 1, 2012). “Christina Perri Duets With Jason Mraz On “Distance”: Watch”.Idolator. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Dowling, Kyle (June 4, 2012). “Christina Perri + Jason Mraz Duet on ‘Distance’”Pop Crush. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  9. ^ Rubenstein, Jenna (July 3, 2012). “New Video: Christina Perri, ‘Distance,’ Featuring Jason Mraz”MTV News. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  10. ^ “Christina Perri Feat. Jason Mraz: Distance (Official Music Video)”.
  11. a b “Chart Highlights: The Killers Strike on Alternative Songs”Billboard. July 16, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  12. a b “Adult Pop Songs – Week of September 15, 2012”Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  13. a b c d “Christina Perri Teams Up With “Revenge” Cast In New Music Video”Radio Alice. April 13, 2012. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  14. ^ Capotorto, Alexandra (June 30, 2012). “CHRISTINA PERRI + JASON MRAZ GO THE ‘DISTANCE’ IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO”PopCrush. Retrieved July 17, 2012.

External links[edit]

From David Hodges website:

David Hodges is a Grammy award-winning writer/producer/artist hailing from Little Rock, AR.

As the former writer and keyboardist of the band Evanescence, he and his band mates took home Best New Artist as well as the Best Hard Rock Performance trophy for their hit “Bring Me To Life” in 2004. Evanescence’s debut album Fallen has sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

David went on to write and produce Kelly Clarkson’s biggest worldwide single to date, “Because Of You”, which appeared on Clarkson’s 11 million-selling album Breakaway and garnered him the 2007 BMI Song Of The Year honor. The song was covered by Reba McEntire as the first single off her Duets album, and quickly rose up the country charts in 2007 becoming McEntire’s 30th Top 2 country single.

Hodges also penned the single, “What About Now”, which appears on American Idol Chris Daughtry’s debut album Daughtry. The 4x platinum Daughtry to date is credited as the fastest selling debut rock album in Soundscan history. “What About Now” also happens to be the first single on Westlife’s album “Who We Are.” David also won a BMI Pop award for this song.

David wrote the first single “Crush” for American Idol’s David Archuleta, which had the highest chart debut of any single since January 2007. David has since written songs for & released by Carrie Underwood, Train, Christina Perri, Celine Dion, David Cook, Lauren Alaina, The Cab, & many others.

In less than 10 years, David Hodges has been nominated for 6 Grammys & 1 Golden Globe, has won 5 BMI pop awards & 1 BMI country award, has had at least one album in the Billboard 200 for the last 8 consecutive years, and has written on albums that have sold over 50 million copies worldwide.

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