Beyonce's Folky ' Lemonade' Track ' Daddy Lessons': Co-Writer Kevin Cossom Shares the Story Behind the ' Tough' Song Were you a fan of Beyonce before this? This album very much inspires me when I think about the rich, brown melanin in my skin -- which has at times been looked down upon during my life and career.
I've been a longtime fan of Beyonce's work, and I can't think of a song she's put out that I have disliked. Since the Destiny's Child days and up until now, the directness with which she presents is inspiring to me. This album reminds me fully of my strength and my beauty and my fierceness.
I think that people are still discovering that it's me singing on "Don't Hurt Yourself." If you haven't read the credits, the truth is, you wouldn't know. Then we layered my vocals at least eight times in the choruses and whatnot to create that fuller choral sound you hear in the other parts of the songs. What did you take them to mean when you were recording the song?
Amanfu released her most recent studio album, Standing Still, on August 28, 2015, following a double single release of "Bluff" and "Love Out Loud" in 2013.
I was so mesmerized by the visuals and pure art of that I didn't even realize that I was about to hear my own voice! Recognition for one's courage, patience, but most of all, of one's power.
I was just so in awe of the whole aesthetic that it caught me by surprise. Women are more resilient than we are often given credit for. When I say "handle," I don't just mean that we bear more -- I mean in the sense that in the face of obstacles that need to be dealt with, we are often the ones who do the behind-the-scenes dirty work to make sure that everyone is happy and that everything remains business as usual. The Olivia Pope mention is fitting -- this album is about resilience, but most specifically it speaks to the strength of black women.
The album title refers to life handing you lemons and making lemonade, as the saying goes. I can relate to the title of this album every single day. I'm working on a new record at this very moment of original material with an arsenal of phenomenal musicians.
I won't lie to you about the challenges of trying to break through in the music industry. That first real relationship taught me all I need to know -- I’m rolling my eyes. I'm back to writing my heart, so all of the songs are originals.
So I'm just honored that my voice was already present when the lyrics were being put to the track.