Gwen Stefani has had an incredible year. She had two top 10 hits on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with fiancé Blake Shelton- ‘Nobody But You’ and ‘Happy Anywhere.’ And her holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, was just reissued with two new songs (if you haven’t checked that out yet, do so immediately)!
But her new ska/reggae-tinged single ‘Let Me Reintroduce Myself’ is going to be one for the Stefani record books! It was recorded in quarantine and co-written with hitmaker Ross Golan alongside rising songwriter/producer Luke Niccoli. It’s an ear-worm tune with danceable beats and has a soft nod to her hit ‘Hollaback Girl’ with the lyric “I already gave you bananas,” and yes, we just sang it to spell that! The song is vibrant and honest, and that’s just the way we like it!
Of the song, Gwen Stefani said:
This song is a way of saying I’m back with new music. It’s a fun, lighthearted song, because I got inspired and hopefully to bring a little bit of joy. The idea was to write a song that had a bit of a nostalgic feeling to it, so I think musically it reminds you of back in the day, going back to where I started musically which was with ska and reggae. I’m still the same me but here’s something a little bit new in case you feel like hearing a little bit more of me.
Check it out below, and go stream it here!
Now, about the low down on the track, Gwen joined Zane Lowe over at Apple Music to spill the sweet, sweet tea on the song, and we’re kind of obsessed with it even more! Here are some highlights from the interview!
Gwen Stefani Tells Apple Music About Returning To Writing with ‘Let Me Reintroduce Myself’
I honestly … never really was planning to do new music. I mean, I fantasized about it, but I was also like… I don’t know. I always think about artists that I loved growing up, and I think I just want to listen to the songs that I like that they did. And that’s nostalgic for me. Do know what I mean? I don’t really go seek new music from them. So something about that made me feel like why should I do it? I love writing songs. So then I was like, someone had sent me a song that I didn’t know they wrote it for me. I thought that they… I never get songs sent to me, just so you know. I always ask, Can someone send me ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna?” I would do that song. Do you know what I’m saying? But nobody sent them to me. So anyways, I got sent a song and I actually liked it. And I was like, “I love this song.” I went to go record it, because I was like, “Shoot. I’ll just go record it, and just see how it sounds.” And they were like, “No, they wrote it for you.” And I was like, “What?” So then I was like, “I want to write with them.” So I wrote a song with them right before quarantine, the song called ‘Cry Happy.’ And then I didn’t get to record it because I had to go home and be with the kids. I ran out of time to cook dinner. So then we all went into lockdown, and I was in Oklahoma, and I was really cooking dinner. I mean, we were like 15 people, cooking three meals a day, laundry. Like everybody else, but it was a shock for me. I hadn’t done that in a long time. But then, at that point, I got to go in and record a song. And that was just a flame to the fire. I just was like, “I don’t even care if nobody hears this, I got to write some songs.” So it was almost like I didn’t have anything to say. I didn’t think until I started writing.
Gwen Stefani Tells Apple Music What Made Her Want To Write Again
I feel like the more that you share, the more you can help each other. And it’s interesting we’re talking about this because I had watched… I had gotten really sick at the beginning of the year that I had to cancel four Vegas shows. And I ended up watching all these documentaries. And there’s a lot of them out there these days. And I had watched the R Kelly one. And it was interesting because these girls were confessing what had happened to them. And we had gone through the Me Too thing where people were coming and telling their story. But it wasn’t until I saw that documentary and a couple other things that really triggered a lot of the things inside me, because I think that sometimes until you hear someone else say something and tell their story, you almost don’t want to face your story, or you don’t want to admit your story to yourself. And so I think that during that process of just getting really sick and being forced to shut down, that was one thing that probably triggered me to want to write again.
Gwen Stefani Tells Apple Music About Returning To Her Musical Roots
Even though the record definitely… I don’t know. I mean, I say, “The record,” meaning I have probably 20 songs. And I never expected to be writing, but it was in there. And it’s been really, really incredible. I mean, there’s just nothing else that I do in my life, and I have done so many things that make me feel ignited the way a new song makes me feel. I started with these two songs, and then I went… I was like, I wanted to investigate, when did I start loving music? Music defined me in eighth grade when I heard Madness. That was the record. My brother brought that home and was like, “This is what we’re into now.” I was like, “Okay, I’m with you.” And so I started going online and looking up all these old ska documentaries. And it was just this weird, crazy, full-circle thing that happened because I found this documentary on this school in Jamaica called the Alpha Boys School. It’s basically these kids that are orphans, and it’s been there forever. And one of the first bands, the first ska band ever came out of this school, these kids. And there was this Catholic nun, she was born in Jamaica and went to this school as well. And she ended up becoming a nun and then nurturing all these kids, nurturing reggae music. This little Catholic, white nun. And so she basically… The first band was called the Skatalites. And that was the band that ended up playing on all of these records that we know, the Marley records, and just everything that we love. And the school is still there. And it’s interesting because I feel like I was in the marching band; I’m a Catholic girl from Anaheim. It was this weird… And I have no business doing reggae music really, but yet it’s so me, and so it defines who I am. And I started thinking about how the world is right now. So much racism. It’s always there. And when I discovered ska music, when I was in No Doubt, when I was like 17-years-old, we were all anti-racists because that’s what ska was in the 70s. It was people from Jamaica coming to England to work and then hanging out with their neighbors. And it was just a full circle, back to my roots; I know what kind of music I want to make. And I want to make music that makes people feel happy.
You can check out the full interview over on Apple Music, and don’t forget to buy the song while you’re there!
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Featured Image Source: Courtesy of Zane Lowe and Apple Music