[Los Angeles, CA – July 2, 2015] Singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe is premiering her full-length Motown Records debut, BEcoming, on NPR as part of their “First Listen” music series. The album is available to stream in its entirety http://n.pr/1LFO7rl through July 9th. After months of anticipation, BEcoming is now available for pre-order at all digital retailers. The album lands in stores and online on Friday, July 10, marking the first Friday of the new global release schedule. Stacy didn’t simply record an album, rather she penned an often raw, always real, and undeniably riveting audio diary—recounting her own unbelievable, yet universal story.
Executive-produced by John Legend and Malay in conjunction with producers Hit-Boy, DJ Camper and Classmatez, the record’s narrative unfolds through a journey between struggle and triumph. Over a lively piano-punctuated musical backdrop, Stacy sings openly about everything from suicide and alienation to addiction, struggles with weight loss and body image, and finally a realization of self-love. In a day and age, where artists hold so much back, it’s striking to hear something so unbridled.
For as much as the album is personal, she invited some friends along to help tell her story. Common adds thought-provoking bars to “Live For Today,” while Legend’s instantly recognizable voice interlaces with Stacy’s for the divine Anita Baker cover “Angel.” You can really hear her shine on the intense “Me Versus Me” and “War IV Love.” Everything concludes with the stripped and stark elegance of “Enough Is Enough…” emblematic of her power.
On Sunday July 5, NPR will give an exclusive look into the story behind the record through an in-depth interview with Stacy on “All Things Considered.”
Stacy is BEcoming an artist for the ages.
Stacy Barthe solidified herself as a hit songwriter penning anthems such as “Cheers (Drink to That)” for Rihanna, “Adore You” for Miley Cyrus, “Hummingbird Heartbeat” for Katy Perry, and tracks for Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, Cheryl Cole, and many more. She stepped into the spotlight with her first EP in 2011, Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe followed byStacy Barthe Presents The Seven Days of Christmas the same year, 2012’s In The InbetweenEP, and P.S. I Love You EP in 2013.
Her peers continue to praise her:
“One of the most beautiful enigmas I ever met. An enigma is a puzzle and she is. She’s this beautiful incredible spirit that expresses herself through lyrics, melody and song. And she gets lost in her own thoughts, her own questions, and her own confusions. And one of the most beautiful things about her songs is to watch her work it out right there in front of you as you are listening to the words. That’s the gift of Stacy.” – Pharrell
“Stacy has a strong and unique perspective. She chooses to do things in a way that’s not what you hear from everybody and that is a gift. She offers something that no other artist does.” – Common
“Stacy is a phenomenal talent with a heart of gold. I’ve always been inspired by her lyric choice and how real she makes a record feel.” – Hit-Boy
“Stacy is a talent that will stand the test of time. Her lyrics and tone touches the depths of the soul. I’m blessed to know and have worked such an incomparable artist.” – Brandy
1. My Suicide Note (Intro)
2. In My Head
3. Sleep To Dream
4. Eyes Wide Shut
5. Here I Am
6. Me Versus Me
7. Find It (Transition)
8. Live For Today ft. Common
9. Flawed Beautiful Creatures
10. Hey You There
11. Walk On Water
12. Born To Belong (Interlude)
13. War IV Love
14. Angel ft. John Legend
15. You Wonder Why?
16. In the Meantime
17. Enough Is Enough…