Just last night, the song “Glory” would go on to win a Grammy for ‘Best Song Written For Visual Media.’ The song was written by Lonnie “Common” Lynn, Che “Rhymefest” Smith and John Stephens. It was a powerful visual that supported the powerful film Selma directed by Ava Duvernay. But just a day before this team would win a Grammy, Danielle Lee had her eyes set on releasing a powerful remix of Glory titled, “I Am Woman.” The song speaks to the lack of glorification of the Black woman and how society has deemed them invaluable . While Danielle Lee makes it clear that she isn’t crucifying those who have made mistakes, she does highlight the hypocrisy that happens in regards to devaluation of Black female bodies. “You use my frame for the magazines…and when you want it to sell, you use my imaging.” Powerful words that support the challenges that Black women still face today. “Yes I’m good enough to lay with to play with, but never good enough for you to pray with?”
But with such a powerful song, who is Danielle Lee? Lee describes herself as a servant, a mother, a sister and a revolutionary. On March 5, 2016, the Gary, Indiana native is set to release her debut project, I Am Woman. She takes pride in being from a place that birthed one of the greatest entertainers of all time, or as Lee describes it, the greatest performer who ever lived, Michael Jackson. But the small town girl has big dreams, and being a mother hasn’t slowed her down one bit. She’s also an actress and model. Lee has been featured in plays such as Little Shop of Horrors, Love Jones and one of my personal favorites, School Daze. As a singer, she’s had the opportunity to open up for the likes of Chico DeBarge, Keke Wyatt, and Public Announcement. Only time will tell what her future holds, but if I Am Woman is any sign of it, Lee is a performer you’ll want to keep your eye. Give the track a listen below.