“Living Out Loud” is a song by American recording artist Brooke Candy featuring Australian singer Sia, released on February 3, 2017. The song was set to be the lead single from Candy’s unreleased studio album, Daddy Issues. The KDA remix version of the track was released on December 16, 2016, while the original and proper single version of the track was made available for download and streaming on February 3, 2017.
Candy recorded the song in 2014. She told about working with songwriter and featured artist Sia: “To work with, Sia is very precise, very fast, and very cerebral. Watching her do something is like watching a real artist work. She doesn’t overthink anything, it’s stream of consciousness, and that’s really inspiring. She’s definitely one of the women in pop music that’s at the forefront of re-adjusting some things and changing the landscape.”
About the creative process and the song’s creation, Candy also stated: “Sia took the reins writing it over two and a half years ago, and I recorded it then. We’ve mixed and remixed it, and we waited for the right moment [to release it]. I like the sonic composition of it, and it’s interesting having me and Sia sing back and forth to each other. At the time I was getting sober, thinking about changing my lifestyle, finding happiness… So it resonated with me because I was looking for that.”
Bradley Stern of PopCrush noted the song as an exploration of pop music for Candy, which differed from her typical rapping.Nylon stated that the production of the song consists on “sugary pop synths” and “danceable club beats” while Justin Moran from Out described it as “power-pop“. Lyrically, “Living Out Loud” uses a countdown form, and discusses substance abuse.
In an interview with magazine Bullett, Candy told about the song: “”Living Out Loud” was a big part of me when I made it—it’s such a good song and I love performing it. But now I’m just focused on raw, gritty, back to basics righteous rap music.”
Wonderland described “Living Out Loud” as “fearlessly creative”, and “infectiously upbeat and uplifting”. Bradley Stern from PopCrush noted Candy’s change of direction musically, and gave the song a positive review, saying, “what’s wrong with exploring new territory anyway? She’s just living out loud — after all, it’s the only way she knows how”. Justin Moran of Out considered the song to be “Candy’s first opportunity to break into mainstream music.” In contrast, Mike Wass from Idolator made a negative review of the song comparing it with elevator music and called it “[a] chessy pop anthem” stating that it was “really bad”.