April 12, 2024

Tanner Adell Talks Singing ‘Blackbiird’ With Beyoncé on ‘Cowboy Carter’

Tanner Adell manifested this. While attending Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour last summer, the 27-year-old country singer declared out loud: “I’m going to work with Beyoncé in 2024.” Now Adell has done just that, appearing on the singer’s new album, Cowboy Carteras fifteen minutes for a tender rendition of the Beatles’ 1968 hit, ‘Blackbird’.

The singer, who has built a significant fan base of her own since moving to Nashville in 2021 to pursue a career in music, says nothing could have prepared her for recording for a Beyoncé album – which has already changed her career. has given a great impetus. boost since its worldwide release on Friday. When she called Adell later that same day, she was giddy with excitement—and while she couldn’t share many details about working with the quintessentially private superstar, she spoke enthusiastically about the overall experience: “I’m very blessed to be in the away from Beyoncé.”

Beyoncé’s “Blackbiird” stays true to the original, with Bey’s delicate vocals over a simple guitar arrangement. Adell is joined by fellow black country singers Reyna Roberts, Tiera Kennedy and Brittney Spencer on the song for a beautiful five-part harmony reminiscent of early Destiny’s Child. (Adell also sings on “American Requiem,” while Kennedy, Spencer and Roberts provide background harmonies on “Tyrant.”)

The musicians discovered it the Wednesday before Cowboy Carter’‘s release that their song had appeared on the album – and heard the final version with the rest of the world when the record dropped on Friday morning. Raised between Los Angeles and the heart of Wyoming, Adell says W she grew up on a diet of both country and pop music, which made her collaboration with Beyoncé seem much more like kismet. That eclectic mix of genres that you belong to Cowboy Carter? It’s also evident on Adell’s 2023 EP: Buckle bunny. Below, the artist discusses collaborating with Queen Bey, her personal connection to ‘Blackbiird’ and what’s next for her solo career.

Has country music always been a part of your life?

My whole life was back and forth and a mix between, honestly, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Keith Urban and Josh Turner. Since moving to Nashville, I’ve trained myself to create this mix of country, pop and hip-hop – and that’s all I’m made of.

Do you feel like this collaboration was just a matter of fate?

Everyone has the ability to achieve their dreams, and I don’t think I’m any different. I’ve worked really hard over the last few years to get my music and my presence to a place where if someone like Beyoncé gives me the green light and involves me in such an iconic project, I would be ready. It could have been Beyoncé, it could have been anyone else, but I worked hard to make sure I would be ready.

Were you a fan of the original Beatles version of “Blackbird”?

Yes, my dad is a huge Beatles fan and ‘Blackbird’ is actually his favorite song. When I called and told him the news, he put his hand on his chest and I could tell he was getting emotional. It was a double wow: my daughter is on Beyoncé’s album, and it’s also one of my favorite songs we’ve listened to on countless car rides and road trips.

Were you familiar with the meaning? behind the song pay tribute to women of the civil rights era?

Yes, it really is that interesting: what this album does is shed light on bits of history that we may not have known. We see these pieces of history becoming mainstream.

In her writing about Cowboy CarterBeyoncé has alluded to negative experiences she had with the country music industry as a black woman. Did that resonate with you at all?

Nashville is one of my favorite places I’ve ever lived, and I’ve lived abroad – I lived in Sweden for two years, I’ve been around. But the energy here is songwriting; it’s music. I kept my head down and tried to write as much as I could. I just tried to keep my blinders on and just get on with my own artistry.

What was it like hearing your harmonies come together on the album?

It was magical. I heard “Blackbird” for the first time with the rest of the world, and heard how it was done just like everyone else. I don’t know if you can ever be prepared for such a moment. Beyoncé has carefully chosen the people on this album. Some of my very good friends are also doing it, which will unite us forever. We’ve been working hard here in Nashville and Beyoncé is starting to reach the pinnacle of all this work.

What’s next for you?

A single called ‘Whiskey Blues’ will be released on April 12. I shot the music video for it yesterday. Before this song, I went through some really, really bad heartbreak and unfortunately, which I think a lot of us do, my coping mechanism wasn’t yoga and working out. It was whisky [laughs]. I’m human and that’s what this song is about. As a woman, I tend to write from a sense of confidence and strength, and I allow myself to be a little vulnerable in this. I tell my side of the story, but in an upbeat, pop-country, banging way.

The response on social media has been absolutely incredible. The support I’ve received for this song has ranged from “I can’t wait to scream this at your shows” to “I’m crying with my eyes right now, and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to listen to it without crying.” ” It resonates with people in all kinds of ways, which is more than I could ask for. I love it when people interpret my songs the way they feel.

There must be a lot of eyes on you right now. How is it going?

There are definitely some eyes on me, and it’s been really exciting to talk to some of the people who are considered celebrities who have slid into my DMs wishing me all the best. Doechii is an artist that I really, Real love, and I saw that she followed me on Instagram today – that was a happy moment.

Who would you like to collaborate with next?

It’s such a funny question because every time I’ve been asked that for the past three years, my answer has been Beyoncé. At the moment I’m not even thinking about a collab. I’m just grateful to be included in a work of art that Beyoncé has presented to us.

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