The incomparable Shea Diamond reveals her brand new dreamy single “Smile“
Co-written with superstar songwriter, producer, and activist Justin Tranter (Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber), Eren Cannata (Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony), and Dan Crean (Gwen Stefani, Bebe Rexha, Anne-Marie) and co-produced by Cannata and Crean, the upbeat tune has arrived just in time to soundtrack the latter half of Pride month. The combination of the grandiose horn section and Shea’s powerful vocal amplifies the sentiment that not only can you overcome anything, but you should celebrate life even more when you do.
Directed by Devyn Galindo, we watch as the disco ball catches the light of every spot of glitter it can find, while following Shea and each roller skater as they move effortlessly to the beat. Between making out in the bathroom stall to dancing while on a work break, we can tell that everyone feels free to express themselves wholeheartedly and without fear of judgement. More than anything, it visualizes the jubilation that’s felt when you’ve overcome hardship, smiling with each new step forward.
Shea declares: “This song reminds me that I’m not the victim society deemed me; I’m a survivor. When I was at my lowest and my life’s journey became too much to bare, I felt defeated. It reminds me of all the things I thought would break me or that I’d never get through. For all the things I’ve been through, I’ve learned to embrace my struggles, understanding they too shall pass. I remember so many times I felt alone, disposable, and wanted to give up, life threw so much at me all at once“.
The artists adds: “Now I look back on my life with a smile I never thought possible! I’ve moved so far from my nightmare and closer to living the American dream they said would not be accessible to me while living my truth. It reminds me they were wrong. They don’t control my narrative, it belongs to me, and it reminds you as a listener that if someone like me can smile after everything I’ve been through maybe you can too! I wanted a song that captured the roller coaster of emotions and experiences we go through in life. With the pandemic mostly over I wanted a song of triumph and celebration, one that encourages you to get up, get out, and dance!”
Shea released “Presence Of A Legend” the original track to filmmaker Luchina Fisher’s documentary, Mama Gloria, which tells the life story of Chicago’s Black transgender icon, Gloria Allen. The documentary kicked off the 13th season of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series, showcasing stories from all facets of the African Diaspora.