Running Through the Fire (Storm)

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"Running Through the Fire (Storm)"
Running Through the Fire (Storm).jpg
Single by Anika Moa
from the album Love in Motion
Released5 April 2010
FormatDigital download
GenrePop, electropop[1]
Songwriter(s)Anika Moa[2]
Producer(s)Anika Moa, Andre Upston
Anika Moa singles chronology
"Beside You"
"Running Through the Fire (Storm)"
"Blame It on the Rain"

"Running Through the Fire (Storm)" is a single by Anika Moa, a singer-songwriter from New Zealand. It is the lead single from her fourth studio album, Love in Motion.

Background, composition and release[edit]

Originally under the title of "Storm",[3] Moa wrote "Running Through the Fire" for her father on the day he died.[4] She later said, "I don't like that [inspiration], so I changed's a love song."[5]

"Running Through the Fire" is an electropop-rock song,[6] and contains 1980s pop influences.[7] and makes use of the electric guitar.[8]

The song was released in March 2010.[7]


In album reviews, Jo Tindling of Amplifier and Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald compared "Running Through the Fire (Storm)" to the work of Ladyhawke.[9][10]

The song was a finalist for the 2010 APRA Silver Scroll, a peer-judged songwriting award,[11] but lost to The Naked and Famous' "Young Blood".[12] It is Moa's third song to be nominated for the award, with "Stolen Hill" and "Dreams in My Head" being the previous two.[13]

On the chart dated 12 April 2010, the song appeared on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number thirty-eight. It slipped out of the chart the following week.[14]

Music video and live performances[edit]

The music video for the single, funded by New Zealand On Air,[15] was directed by Tim van Dammen.[16] A one shot, it features Moa playing an electric guitar and singing with her backing band, then walking around a garden in the night. Rays of light stream from Moa as she walks.

Live performances[edit]

Moa performing the song at the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards

Moa performed "Running Through the Fire" on Close Up on 5 April 2010,[3] the day that the album, Love in Motion, was released in New Zealand.[17] The following day she played the song on Breakfast, live from Mission Bay.[5] At the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards, held on 7 October 2010, Moa sang the song, accompanied by Julia Deans.[18]

Moa also performed the song on her Love in Motion tour in May and June 2010,[19] and The Datsuns covered the tune at the awards ceremony of the APRA Silver Scroll, for which the song was a finalist, on 8 September 2010.[20] Band Together, a benefit concert was held in North Hagley Park in response to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake on 23 October 2010, which Moa appeared at. Her performance of "Running Through the Fire" was recorded and included on the album Band Together: Concert For Canterbury.[21]


  1. ^ Kara, Scott (1 April 2010). "Anika Moa's tough love album". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  2. ^ ""Running Through the Fire (Storm)" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b Mike Hosking (host) (5 April 2010). Anika Moa performs 'Running Through The Fire' (YouTube). Close Up. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  4. ^ Mills, Amanda (June–July 2010). "Anika Moa: Love in Motion". NZ Musician. 15 (7). Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b Tamati Coffey (reporter); Paul Henry, Pippa Wetzell (hosts); Anika Moa (interviewee) (6 April 2010). Breakfast: Tamati and Anika Moa (YouTube). Breakfast (Television New Zealand). Event occurs at 6:34. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  6. ^ MacFarlane, Kristin (10 April 2010). "Review:Anika Moa – Love in Motion". The Daily Post. APN News & Media. p. B3.
  7. ^ a b "Running Through the Fire (Storm) - Anika Moa". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  8. ^ Smithies, Grant (23 May 2010). "Universal love stories". The Sunday Star-Times. Fairfax New Zealand. p. 32.
  9. ^ Tindling, Jo (14 May 2010). "Anika Moa - Love In Motion". Amplifier. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  10. ^ Kara, Scott (8 April 2010). "Love In Motion". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  11. ^ "APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2010" (Press release). Australasian Performing Right Association. 29 July 2010. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  12. ^ Sundae, Hugh (8 September 2010). "The Naked and Famous win APRA Silver Scroll". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  13. ^ Kara, Scott (29 July 2010). "Silver Scroll award short list named". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  14. ^ "Anika Moa - Running Through The Fire (Storm)". Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  15. ^ "News". New Zealand On Air. 18 March 2010. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  16. ^ Anika Moa - Running Though The Fire (YouTube). EMI Records. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  17. ^ "Love In Motion". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  18. ^ "Anika Moa Live at the 2010 VNZMAs". C4. MediaWorks New Zealand. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  19. ^ Filipe, Katarina (4 June 2010). "Moa delivers amazing, engaging performance". The Timaru Herald. Fairfax New Zealand. p. 9.
  20. ^ "2010 APRA Silver Scroll Awards". NZ Musician. 9 September 2010. Archived from the original on 15 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  21. ^ "Band Together :- Concert for Canterbury". Marbecks. Retrieved 23 December 2010.