Stand Up (Cynthia Erivo song)

"Stand Up", officially titled "Stand Up (from Harriet)", is a song sung by English singer Cynthia Erivo and co-written by Erivo with Joshuah Brian Campbell. It was released on 25 October 2019, as the lead single from the soundtrack to the biographical film Harriet, which also stars Erivo.

"Stand Up"
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Single by Cynthia Erivo
from the album Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Released25 October 2019 (2019-10-25)
LabelBack Lot Music
  • Will Wells
  • Gabe Fox-Peck
Cynthia Erivo singles chronology
"God Only Knows"
"Stand Up"
Music video
"Stand Up" on YouTube


In 2017, English singer and actress Cynthia Erivo was cast to portray abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman in the biographical film eponymously titled Harriet.[1] Following the completion of filming, Erivo collaborated with composer Joshuah Brian Campbell to write the song for the end credits of the film.[2]


"Stand Up" was written by Erivo and Joshuah Campbell and produced by Will Wells and Gabe Fox-Peck.[3] The song was described by Rolling Stone's Jon Blistein as a "slow-burning, gospel-tinged ballad."[4] Rania Aniftos of Billboard noted that the song chronicles themes of "hope, overcoming obstacles and kindness for others."[5] The song's lyrics also make use of Tubman's last words before her death in 1913: "I go to prepare a place for you."[6]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Stand Up" was released on 8 November 2019.[5] It shows Erivo performing the song on an "empty but beautifully lit soundstage."[4]


Following its release, the song earned Golden Globe Award and Critics' Choice Movie Award nominations for Best Original Song and Best Song, respectively.[7][8] It also garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.[9]


Chart (2020) Peak
US Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[10] 31

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 25 October 2019 Back Lot Music [11]


  1. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (8 February 2017). "Cynthia Erivo To Star As Harriet Tubman In Upcoming 'Harriet' Biopic". Deadline Hollywood.
  2. ^ Aurthur, Kate (1 November 2019). "Cynthia Erivo's 'Stand Up' Is a Rousing Civil Rights Anthem for 'Harriet'". Variety.
  3. ^ "5 Questions With Golden Globe-Nominated Joshuah Brian Campbell". Broadcast Music, Inc. 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b Blistein, Jon (8 November 2019). "Watch Cynthia Erivo's Emotional Video for Harriet Tubman Biopic Song 'Stand Up'". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ a b Aniftos, Rania (8 November 2019). "Cynthia Erivo Delivers the Empowering 'Stand Up' for 'Harriet' Film: Exclusive".
  6. ^ Mitchell, Amanda (4 November 2019). "How the Lyrics to Cynthia Erivo's New Song "Stand up" Honor Harriet Tubman". Oprah Magazine.
  7. ^ Ford, Rebecca (9 December 2019). "Golden Globes: Cynthia Erivo "Proud" of Double Nomination for 'Harriet'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Jones, Marcus (12 January 2020). "Critics' Choice Awards 2020: See the full winners list". Entertainment Weekly.
  9. ^ Abad-Santos, Alex; Wilkinson, Alissa (13 January 2020). "Oscars 2020: the full list of nominees". Vox.
  10. ^ "Cynthia Erivo Stand Up (From Harriet) Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Stand Up (from Harriet) – Single". Apple Music. Retrieved 30 December 2019.

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