Acclaimed American singer and songwriter KIRBY today shares a new single, “Coconut Oil”, a fresh taster from her forthcoming EP “Sis, He Wasn’t the One”.
The electrifying “Coconut Oil” is a funk infused shot to the veins, an empowering and joyous celebration of black womanhood, with KIRBY’s vocals gliding across the elastic bass line and muscular groove. Breathtaking and exhilarating in equal measure, it is an utterly addictive future-soul classic.
KIRBY delves into the meaning behind the song: “If black girl magic needed a national anthem I would want it to be ‘Coconut Oil’. When black women put this song on I want them to feel like I’m their own personal hype woman! Every lyric is an extension of ‘YASSSS SISS’ energy. These aren’t just lyrics to me, these are affirmations! Celebrating what it means to be black and a woman.”
“Coconut Oil” follows the recently released “Break Her Heart For Me” and “Boyz II Men”, and further showcases the breadth and scope of “Sis, He Wasn’t the One”.
KIRBY was already well known and much lauded for her skills in song-writing before shifting the spotlight onto her own captivating artistry. The Memphis born, Mississippi raised rising star cites a commitment to creating “soul music for the future” in a time where many no longer ascribe to genre. She developed her voice singing in the Southern Baptist church from a young age, training that shaped her standout vocals and strong character. It is training that gave way to the release of last years “Sis”EP, which saw her appear on NPR’s Tiny Desk, three separate usages in the most recent season of HBO’s series ‘Insecure’ and over 18 million streams across streaming platforms in only a few months. She has additionally featured on the popular COLORS series. With further collaborations with musicians like Lucky Daye and The Menahan Street Band (of Amy Winehouse’s iconic album “Back to Black“), her standout song-writing skills have seen her pen tracks for Beyoncé (Die With You), Ariana Grande (Break Your Heart Right Back) and Kanye West (FourFiveSeconds, Only One) among others.
The “Sis, He Wasn’t the One” EP is just the latest step in KIRBY’s ever-expanding catalogue, and her newest foray into showing listeners her original sound as the “granddaughter of soul.” With a coveted support slot on the John Legend’s forthcoming US tour this autumn (live dates here) expect to hear much more in the coming months.
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