Female composers, musicians, singers and celebrities have joined forces for the Twenty-First Century Woman project.
Twenty-First Century Woman is a ground-breaking musical project for International Women’s Day 2019. Its centrepiece is a brand new gospel-style song for women’s voices and band, composed by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, with lyrics inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s famous 2018 Golden Globes acceptance speech.
The song was recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios on 22 November, and celebrates the multi-faceted roles that women play today, professionally and personally, and culminates with a vision of a future world where every girl can grow up to be who she wants to be.
The recording was an important landmark becuase it is the first song ever at Abbey Road Studios to be written, sung, played, conducted, engineered, produced, mixed, mastered and promoted entirely by women.
Among the artists taking part in the recording are West End stars, an Olivier-award winner, Hollywood film soundtrack recording vocalists, top London session musicians and acclaimed performers from some of the UK’s leading musical ensembles.
A video to accompany the song has also been released, featuring women who are leaders in their chosen fields including, Ruby Wax; Jenni Murray; Joanna Lumley; Wendie Oxlade-Chamberlain, mother of Liverpool Football Club player, Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain; Vickii Cornborough, English rugby union player; Rosena Allin-Khan, MP; and poet, Wendy Cope.
Speaking about the project, L’Estrange said, “I heard the speech and immediately found myself at my piano, writing the song, starting with the opening words of Oprah’s speech: A new day is on the horizon.”
“The song came to me quickly and I then started thinking about recording it myself releasing it as a single for International Women’s Day 2019.”
“But then I had a much better idea to record it with a group of brilliant female singers and band musicians.”
“Abbey Road was my first choice becuase I work there often, recording film soundtracks.”
“When I approached the marketing team there about my idea, they were really supportive of the project so I knew then that it was worth pursuing.”
“I had an overwhelming positive response from colleagues in the music business too, all of whom agreed to record the single for nothing.”
“They are all inspirational women and you can read what their take on what it means to be a Twenty-First century woman here.”
All proceeds from downloads of the song will be donated to charities supporting girls’ education globally.