Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. has released her Judas and the Black Messiah anthem, “Fight for You,” which earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song earlier this week.
H.E.R. worked with Grammy-nominated songwriters and producers D’Mile and Tiara Thomas to merge poignant lyrics about today’s fight for social and racial justice with influence from revolutionary artists from the ’60s and ’70s.
“We just started to talk and that’s honestly why I love working with D’Mile and Tiara because I can talk to them,” said H.E.R. during an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “We have these conversations and there’s a comfortability. I think the biggest thing was listening to some of our favorite, some of my favorites: Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and people like that, Sly and the Family Stone.”
H.E.R. said she “couldn’t believe it” when she found out on social media that she’d received her first Golden Globe nomination, after receiving congratulatory texts from a few friends. “I started to see the tweets and the Instagram posts and I was like, “Oh my gosh, I’m nominated for a Golden Globe. I couldn’t believe it,” said H.E.R.
She got involved with Judas and the Black Messiah after getting a call from someone who personally requested “‘H.E.R. to be a part of the movie'” with hopes to write “‘a song…to be the theme of the movie.'”
“And they sent me the film and I said, ‘I think this is a great story.’ They really did an amazing job with the film,” said H.E.R. “I said to them, ‘I think I can possibly make a masterpiece for you.”
That masterpiece turned into “Fight for You” as the first single from the soundtrack, Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album, which arrives Feb. 12th.
By Rachel George
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