In advance of the launch of her Revived Remixed Revisited triple album, which will give new everyday living to some of her biggest hits, Reba McEntire has shared a several of the project’s songs — like a “traditionally unparalleled” remix of her basic tune “I’m a Survivor.”
“It is a historically unprecedented point for two trans gals to have notable output roles like this on a state music one,” Mya Byrne shares. The singer-songwriter, who is trans and queer, performs lap steel on the track, remixed by LeahAnn “Lafemmebear” Mitchell, a Grammy-nominated producer who is also trans. The two are regular collaborators, and were introduced onboard for the project at the recommendation of Apple Music Country’s Happy Radio host Hunter Kelly.
“Hunter was seeking for Black queer artists to know about, and [Mya] place him on to my initiatives,” Lafemmebear just lately instructed State Queer. “Reba’s label, UMG, was on the lookout for a Black femme producer to remix a report for Reba, and he appeared all about and couldn’t discover anyone — right until he remembered that Mya experienced told him about me.”
Lafemmebear, in turn, enlisted Byrne, who was extra than satisfied to play on the track.
“Lafemmebear is an incredibly affirming man or woman to do the job with, which is a attractive matter when you’re a trans and queer person,” Byrne claims. “She’s one of the most good quality-oriented engineer/producers I’ve at any time worked with. She doesn’t just take shortcuts, and I value that about her. She dependable that I might bring the exact same stage of functionality and good quality to Reba’s tune.”
Byrne, who splits her time among Nashville, New York City and San Francisco and is at present operating on a new album, admits that she was confused to have the option to work on an formal job with McEntire, a place music legend.
“She’s a great illustration of strong, impartial girls,” Byrne states, “and her willingness to walk the edge of what is ‘wholesome’ in state music and her embracing numerous genres in her possess sound has aided give me assurance that I can do it, far too.”
For Lafemmebear — who unveiled a solo album in 2019 — the remix was also an possibility to hook up to her childhood via songs. “I produce what I do from my feelings and my childhood, and the lyrics in part resonated with me and my relationship with and my admiration of my mom,” she tells CQ.
At first a 2001 single from Finest Hits Quantity III: I’m a Survivor, “I’m a Survivor” was the topic music for McEntire’s sitcom Reba, and a Prime 5 country one. Much more lately, it truly is develop into the soundtrack to a viral TikTok trend.
McEntire’s Revived Remixed Revisited is owing out on Oct. 8.
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