Michelle Obama Records Single With Zendaya, Missy Elliott, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae
Michelle Obama is back at it again with another single.
She recruited Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele, and Janelle Monae to collaborate with her in a new recording, “This Is for My Girls.”
“Think about who—and what—you would be today if your formal education had ended after middle school and you knew only what you’d learned through eighth grade,” Obama wrote in the Lenny newsletter on March 17.
The empowerment track—launched March 15—was written by eight-time Oscar nominee, Diane Warren, and is available on iTunes for $1.29.
According to the New York Daily News, all proceeds will be donated to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund as part of FLOTUS’S #62MillionGirls campaign.
“It’s inconceivable, right? We wouldn’t dream of accepting this fate for ourselves — or for our friends, sisters, or daughters. So why would we accept it for any girl on this planet — especially when we’ve got piles of research telling us that girls who go to school marry later, have healthier families, and earn higher salaries?” Obama wrote.
The song is also scheduled to be performed live—for the first time— at the South by Southwest annual music, film, and interactive media festival, Eonline reported.
“This is for my girls / all around the world / Stand up with your head up,” the ladies sing on the track.
“It’s kind of like ‘We Are the World’ meets ‘Lady Marmalade’ with these strong voices and strong women,” Warren told Billboard. “When was the last time you heard a song like this or a record that had this many amazing divas on it? I’m really proud.”
Clarkson also tweeted her views on education saying, “Education is key to opening minds and doors to opportunities that are absolutely possible!”
Janelle Monáe took to Twitter as well, praising FLOTUS for her commitment and dedication:
“LOVE my first lady @FLOTUS so much AND all that she is doing to #LetGirlsLearn. We need her,” she wrote on Twitter.
Obama is committed indeed, and want to make sure these marginalized girls are rightfully educated.
“Against the most heartbreaking odds, these girls never lose hope in themselves,” Obama wrote. “The least we can do is give them a chance to go to school, fulfill that hope, and become who and what they are meant to be.”