Greeting lovers! Welcome! It’s been a long time coming but P.S. I Love You is finally here. This is the final piece to my trilogy and I am so excited to share it with you all. I hope you enjoy listening just as much as I enjoyed creating it.
– Stacy Barthe
Its so great to be surrounded by loving eyes…Thank you all for receiving me!
For helping me become…
For never judging…
For all of your support…
For that heart of yours..
To whom this may concern:
I live to sing my song; To tell my story; I represent the voices that are unheard. I represent the unspoken pain. I represent the ones that no one wanted to hear. Im here.
Lend me your ears and your heart, and I will sing an eternity of songs…
For Stacy Barthe, the decision to become a songwriter came as easy to her as the skill itself. The New York native always had a knack for pairing the right words to the right melody, most of which were produced by her partners from the Surf Club — consisting of Hit-Boy, Chase’N Cashe, Chilli Chil, B. Carr, and Kent M$ney. Before he became the man known for producing Jay-Z and Kanye West’s RnB/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 “Ni**as In Paris,” Hit-Boy was sending his music to Barthe, who at the time was interning at Geffen (summer, 2003) and later, Jive (spring 2004 and fall 2005).
Little did Hit-Boy know that Barthe wasn’t a label A&R but an aspiring artist much like himself. Instead of passing on Hit-Boy’s music, Barthe wrote a song and sent it back to him. From then, Barthe, Hit-Boy, and the rest of the Surf Club have had a strong musical partnership.
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Now, the 26 yr. old has not only made a name for herself as a songwriter in-demand for artists like Rihanna (Barthe co-wrote “Cheers (Drink To That)”), but also as a singer. This year, Stacy released two EP’s “Sincerely Yours” (Aug. 30) and “The Seven Days of Christmas” (Dec. 5) and is currently working on her debut effort, “PS: I Love You” (2012). Her angelic, deep alto is reminiscent of Sade, but the vulnerability and openness of Barthe’s lyrics harkens back to female rockers like PJ Harvey.
Get to know Stacy Barthe, the first female addition to Freshman Haze.
Statistics: Stacy Barthe; 26-years-old; New York City-raised, Los Angeles-based; @ stacybarthe
Body of Work: Songwriting: Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink To That),” Katy Perry‘s “Hummingbird Heartbeat,” Britney Spear‘s “Blur,” and Kelly Rowland‘s “Everywhere You Go.” Albums: “Sincerely Yours” (Aug. 30), “Seven Days of Christmas” (Dec. 5), and “PS: I Love You” (2012)
A Few Words:
The Juice: You started out as a songwriter, but has the plan always been to be the artist you’re transitioning into?
Stacy Barthe: My dream was always been to make music and make music I’m inspired by, so as a songwriter I kind of got burnt out writing for different projects and artists. It wasn’t the kind of music I wanted to make, I wanted to make the kind of music I would buy and I would listen to and that came from me deciding I’m going to sing my own songs.
You’re a part of Surf Club. How has the relationship with them evolved over the years?
Those guys are like my brothers; those are my brothers out here in L.A. Hit-Boy has always been there. When he invited me to Atlanta to come to work, if it was clothes or whatever, he always had me.
What was the moment you knew you wanted to do music?
In 1991, I was six yrs. old and we [had] just got cable. I was watching MTV and saw Whitney Houston‘s “I’m Every Woman.” That’s my first recollection of wanting to do music. So throughout my elementary school days, I did talent shows and throughout high school I was putting groups together.
To be honest, a lot of the songs on “Sincerely Yours” are pretty sad. Was it capturing a specific time in your life?
I didn’t intend for it to be anything but it came together during a tumultuous time in my life where it was a little hazy, a little dark. “Comfy Little Coffin” came when an attorney, who took great care of me when I moved to L.A., passed away. When that happened, I was in Miami, on a job. I couldn’t leave and I missed the funeral, so I wrote that song from the perspective of how his wife might feel.
Has there ever been a case where you’ve written heavy songs for other artists, like “Comfy Little Coffin,” and the artist or their A&R tell you it’s too deep for them?
Absolutely! I didn’t know that “Sincerely Yours” was going to be my project because when I did those songs I would try to shop them to A&Rs for different projects, and for some reason they never got picked. Either it was too mellow or too dark. Whatever the reason — good, bad, or indifferent — they never made the cut. So when I was in my transition [around] Dec. 6 of last year, I started getting in shape and losing weight. This is when I started taking myself seriously as an artist and the music is very reflective of the hurt I was going through.
Do you think people are ready for the heavier material you’re doing?
The soul of the music is seeping back in from artists and friends of mine like Luke James [and] Frank Ocean. There’s an underground kind of thing that’s happening and we’re all starting to be relevant. We’re the next graduating class of this whole movement. It’s coming from this colorless, androgynous place and it’s for everybody.
Tell us about your upcoming album, “PS: I Love You.”
I really found my joy in the last year, and [‘PS: I Love You’] is going to talk about my journey. There’s going to be a John Legend feature. There’s a couple of producers I worked with on there. I worked with Danja, Jerry Wonder, and Supa Dups. It’s Caribbean-World infused, but still hip-hop… it has a great feel. I call it ‘yacht music.’ This is something you guys can buy, it’s going to be a masterful piece of work.
The project is pretty much wrapped. I’m pretty much done with it. I’m thinking maybe spring, 2012 or maybe summer. Ideally, I’d like to release it on my birthday, July 19
Much in line with the mass appeal romantic populism she has written into songs for Rihanna, Beyonce and Britney Spears, Stacy Barthe has a natural knack for punctuating her points with aphorism. On feeling underpaid as a songwriter: “I didn’t have gas to get to the studio. I didn’t have a dollar to my name. I was like, I’d rather do it for me than do it for free.” On teaching herself to sing: “I never took any vocal lessons, I just got in tune with myself.” For Barthe, everything spins motivational, even the darkest death- and addiction-focused material she recorded for her Sincerely Yours EP. Hope always swings up and life’s finest virtue is self-assured, unstoppable forward motion.
Four years ago, while studying English at Saint John’s University in New York and interning at Geffen and Jive, Barthe struck up a Myspace relationship with Chauncey Hollis, who now produces for Kanye West’s GOOD Music under the name Hit-Boy. He’d send her beats, she’d write a song, record it and send it back. During her junior year, Hollis invited her to move to Atlanta and devote herself wholly to music. She accepted, and before long Barthe leveraged former internship contacts to sign her first publishing deal with Motown. “I always had a knack for writing, and luckily I always ended up meeting music people. I figured I would make my way as a songwriter and eventually cross over like Ne-Yo did, like Keri Hilson did.” Armed with an untiring work ethic and a baby doll’s disarming grin, Barthe invested years as a songwriter before a vague disillusionment soured her enthusiasm for putting other’s projects first. Inspired by Natalie Portman’s work-obsessed-to-the-point-of-murder protagonist in Black Swan, Barthe tattooed a black feather on her arm and vowed to change: “On December 6th, 2010 I decided I wanted to lose weight and be serious about my artist career, to be healthy and to see my life through.”
Songwriter/Surf Club member, and recent Grammy-nominee, Stacy Barthe, has joined forces with songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, “Dapo” (Dapo Torimiro), to record a seven song Christmas EP, “STACY BARTHE PRESENTS THE SEVEN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS.” The free, downloadable EP includes six classic Christmas songs and one original: “Santa Baby”, “Silent Night”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Sleigh Ride” (a duet with Dapo), “Let It Snow”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (a duet John Legend), and an original, song written by Barthe and Dapo, “All I Really Want For Christmas”. The musical style is a fusion of reggae, jazz and R&B with lots of live instrumentation including live bass, acoustic guitar, piano, horns, sax, and a melodica, all performed by Dapo. The EP’s style been described as a musical and vocal cross between Sade and Jill Scott but with a distinctly unique feel. Barthe draws from her Haitian roots and New York upbringing, while Dapo draws on his Nigerian roots and extensive jazz musicianship.
This is Barthe’s second EP release. “Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe” (featuring songs with Frank Ocean and Luke James) was released via The Surf Club website in August of this year. As a hit songwriter, it was only with the release of “Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe” did people get to hear from Barthe herself and her work was immediately and positively received by music lovers and by online music blogs such as TheFader.com, ConcreteJungle.com and TheSource.com.
“Barthe has incredible control over her singing voice, doling out an enormous store of mid-range, smoky breath from the top of her throat in decisively timed surges and bends.” — Naomi Zeichner, The Fader
STACY BARTHE – Barthe is a Grammy-nominated, Universal Music Group songwriter and is one of the writers behind Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” which gave Rihanna her twenty-second top-twenty single on the chart and peaked on Billboard Hot 100 at #7. Barthe has worked with Melanie Fiona, Brandy, Estelle, and Akon, and producers, The Runners, Cool & Dre, Hit-Boy, Danja, and Jerry Wonder. Last week, Rihanna’s LOUD album received a 2012 Grammy Nomination for ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
DAPO – An accomplished pianist, multi-instrumentalist and Yamaha-endorsed artist, Dapo got his start in music as a singer, musician and producer in the popular Nigerian music group, KUSH. Dapo was the only male in the four-member Gospel/R&B group. Dapo traveled the country as a touring musician – touring and performing with such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Lauryn Hill, and Stevie Wonder. Dapo’s writing and producing credits include songs with Anika Noni Rose on two Disney’s Princess and the Frog-inspired cds, Toni Braxon, John Legend, Brandy, Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, and David Archuleta. Although Dapo’s vocals (a one-verse rap) can be heard on the Ester Dean-penned, “Up” which appears on the Step Up 3D soundtrack, Dapo’s KUSH fans will be happy to hear him sing along side Barthe in the Christmas classic, “Sleigh Ride”. Those same fans won’t have to wait long for the next opportunity to hear Dapo sing as he has another Christmas project due out this month, “Dapo & Friends Christmas”.
01 SANTA BABY
02 SILENT NIGHT
03 O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL
04 SLEIGH RIDE – FT. DAPO
05 LET IT SNOW
06 BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE – FT. JOHN LEGEND
07 ALL I REALLY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
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I love being around my band! This footage is of us rehearsing. They were learning a new song entitled “Just My Luck” produced by Dappo! Can’t wait to perform that song again!
thelastflight2skyy asked: I love you and thank you for being you i’d love to work with you one day I appreciate the love you have for words because I use to think I was alone in loving words so deep that I sometimes drained after writing a poem – Fortune
thank you so much for tuning in. Words are everything to me. Love that we share a passion…words connect people. Right on!
I guess its safe to say
The closer I get
The more afraid I become
I forget how many songs it took
I forget all the inspirational pain
I forget all the empty promises
I forget how many people didn’t get it
I forget the feeling I used to get when a song was confirmed on an album
I also forget the feeling I got when the same song didn’t make the cut
I forget all of the frustrated creations
I forget the dark places I went
I forget all the times I felt forgotten
Or left behind, or left out
I forget the waiting, the hoping, and praying
I forget all the days I spent anticipating
And nothing ever came
Now, I am standing before my destiny and I am
Me: Could it be that I actually deserve to be amongst people I once idolized?
Mirror Me: Of course you do!
Me: Did I really get invited to this?
Mirror Me: Yep, hand delivered with S. Barthe on the envelope.
Me: Do I look okay?
Mirror Me: You already know the answer to that!
This is the conversation I am having with myself in the bathroom at The Grammys
Thankful and Still thinking…”Why me?”
PREDICT YOUR FUTURE
P.S. The journey molds the outcome.