"Release Me" is a song performed by Australian singer-songwriter, Zoë Badwi. The single was co-written by Badwi, Ivan Gough and Grant Smillie. It was released digitally on 15 November 2008. "Release Me" reached number one on the ARIA Clubs Chart and received two nominations including "Best Dance Release" at the 2009 ARIA Music Awards and "Dance Work of the Year" at the 2010 APRA Awards.
In an interview with Auspop, Badwi stated that while she was playing with her band at a venue in Melbourne, Grant Smillie of Australian duo TV Rock was having a Sunday afternoon drink and that she saw him tapping his foot. "He came up to me afterwards and he said You’re great, do you write your own stuff?. I said, yeah, I sure do and he said, I’ll send you some beats – and we’ll see what happens. So he sent me some beats and I wrote "Release Me" and went around to sing it to him and the other guy from TV Rock [Ivan Gough] and they both just said yep, we love it."
The music video for "Release Me" was filmed during a performance by Badwi at the Sensation Dance Party on New Year's Eve 2008. She explained, "They were just looking for someone to sing on the new years eve countdown. And then they asked me and we thought it was being filmed anyway, we should see about using that as my film clip for the single. Turns out they used it as promo for the party all over the world." It was released on 15 January 2009.