The songwriter I have chosen to talk about is Beyoncé.
Beyoncé is one of the most successful and best selling artists in the music industry; she started singing at an early age competing in talent shows; winning most of them for her confidence and her vocals. Beyoncé was the lead singer in the all female group she formed called Destiny’s Child, which was managed by her father, and later landed a record deal with Columbia records in 1994. Destiny’s Child became one of the most popular R&B acts with the release of their first self-titled album. Beyoncé was also involved in other projects as she made her acting debut in 2001 with a role in the MTV’s Carmen: A hip Hopera, later co-starring with Mike Myers in the Austin Powers spy parody Gold member. She later took centre stage as a solo artist, releasing her first album Dangerously in love, which sold millions of copies and won five Grammy awards. In 2014 she was listed as one of the most influential person in the world amongst 100 other most influential people and for two years in a row, she was listed as the most powerful female and she came sixth place for the person of the year.
She has received co-writing credits for most of the songs recorded with Destiny’s Child and her solo efforts. Her early songs were female empowered themed compositions like ‘Independent Women’ and ‘Survivor’ later transitioning to more man-tending anthems. Beyoncé has also received co-producing credits for most of the records in which she has been involved, especially her solo efforts.
However, she does not make beats herself, but comes up with melodies and ideas during production, sharing them with producers.?HYPERLINK “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyonc%C3%A9” In 2001, she became the first black woman and second female lyricist to win the Pop Songwriter of the Year award at the American society of composers, Authors, and publishers?Pop Music Awards. Beyoncé was the third woman to have writing credits on three number one songs (“Irreplaceable”, “Grillz” and “Check on It”) in the same year, after Carole King in 1971 and Mariah Carey in 1991.
She is tied with American lyricist Diane Warren at third with nine song-writing credits on number-one singles. (The latter wrote her?9/11-motivated song “I was here” for?4. In May 2011,?Billboard?magazine listed Beyoncé at number 17 on their list of the “Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters”, for having co-written eight singles that hit number one on the?Billboard?Hot 100 chart.? Beyoncé’s song “Halo”, was recorded for her third studio album “I am Sasha Fierce” in 2008, which was intended to give a behind-the scenes of Beyoncé’s life.
“Halo” is a pop power ballad; the lyrics describe a sublime love. It features drum, piano, keyboard, string and synthesizer. “Halo” was nominated for Record of the year and won best female pop vocal performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards. It won?Best song at the 2009 MTV Europe music awards. “Halo” topped the singles charts of Brazil, Norway and Slovakia, and reached the top five on the singles chart of Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the US. It was certified quadruple-platinum in Australia, and double platinum in Spain and the US.
Its lyrics are saying that I had these walls built up about love; you completely tore them down and when I look at you I see your halo. Backed by a piano, claps and step stomps that set a spiritualized atmosphere Beyoncé opens the song with the lines: “Remember those walls I built? Well, baby, they’re tumbling down” She sings the introduction in low register and the power of her voice gradually increases as the song progresses. In the pre-chorus, she chants, “Everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace, baby I can see your halo, you know you’re my saving grace, you’re everything I need and more, it’s written all over your face”. Beyoncé then echoes the word “halo” in the chorus; the third and final one is preceded by a drum breakdown, and is complemented by strings and percussion.
Halo has had a great impact to people as it relatable to people’s personal life through its lyrics. Its heavy atmosphere makes the song as strong as it is and its deep emotions deliver a feeling of security through Beyoncé’s vocals. Throughout her music career she has gained a lot of respect from both fans and artists; they idolise her for her strength and passion. There’s a real connection between her and her fans as every time she performs she always speaks to them whilst also asking them to join in with her.
Her album “Lemonade” became the best selling album of 2016 and she became the first artist who had their six-studio albums debut at number one on the billboard. Beyoncé is a powerful and independent individual she has had opportunities to perform for powerful people such as the president Barak Obama, his wife Michelle Obama and many more. She performed the American national anthem at president Obama’s second inauguration then the following month she got the opportunity to perform at the super bowl, which is one of the most watched American television program in history.
She is one of the biggest activists towards feminism as she publicizes her thoughts about equality between men and woman and she has also contributed to the Ban Bossy campaign, which uses social media to encourage leadership in girls. She is also the co-founder of Chime for change, which raises funds and awareness for projects promoting Education and justice for girls and women. They have gained support through global concert events; short documentary films and they have funded more than 300 projects in 80 countries. She has also been an activist towards other topics such as same sex marriages, police brutality against black American’s and prejudice towards the transgender youth.
She publicly endorsed same sex marriage after the Supreme Court debate; herself and her husband Jay Z attended a rally in response to the officer George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin where she also included the mothers of the killed African American’s in her film for her sixth album quoting “Freedom”. She also spoke out about the withdrawal of protection for young transgenders declared by Donald Trump whilst also gathering a group of celebrities to speak against Donald’s decision. Beyoncé has also helped the less fortunate, victims of different tragedies and many more. Just after the hurricane Katrina happened Beyoncé teamed up with Kelly Rowland and set up a foundation called “The Survivor” foundation in whichthey provided houses for victims in Houston and Beyoncé contributed $250,000. She produced a video campaign for “Demand a plan” which influences the federal government into rethinking its gun control laws following the elementary school shooting.
In 2007 she partnered with anti-hunger organizations including The Houston food bank, Feeding America and the global food-banking network.