Grammy Award-winning pop singer Sinead O’Connor released a new single, titled “How About I Be Me,” last Tuesday, November 8, 2011, on iTunes.
The single – a melodic dance-club reggae anthem told from the female perspective -was produced by Jamaican beatmaker Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, and will be included on McGregor’s upcoming various-artists compilation, “Club Dance Riddim,” scheduled for digital release this fall.
O’Connor’s new single tells the story of a woman’s desire to speak freely about her lovemaking needs, and to openly celebrate the pleasures of physical love.
“The song is about how it is generally considered unseemly for women to express their desire for adult, consensual, respectful and healthy sex, and how sex generally is a difficult subject for us all to discuss – yet underneath it all, we all want it, ideally with ‘Mr. or Mrs. Right,’ but there’s nothing wrong with loving ‘Mr. or Mrs. Wrong’ while you’re waiting,” said O’Connor.
When asked her own feelings about the essence of love, O’Connor confirms her belief that physical lovemaking represents a consecrated spiritual union deeply and naturally connected to the human experience.
“My own feelings about sex are simply that sex -depending entirely on who you’re doing it with – can be a very strong connection to whatever you want to call ‘God,’ but only if it really is with someone you love,” O’Connor said. “How do you know if you love? You just know. Love doesn’t mean stay forever necessarily, it just means love. It ain’t just ants in your pants.”
O’Connor’s new single represents the continuation of her longtime penchant for reggae music, as she plans to collaborate with McGregor to produce additional reggae tracks with her during 2012, McGregor said.
Sinead O’Connor has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, and she won the “Best Alternative Music Performance” category at the 1991 Grammy Awards for her second album, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.” Her first album, “The Lion and The Cobra” was nominated for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” at the 1989 Grammy Awards.
Her last album, “Theology,” ranked within the top-twenty albums charts in the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and was listed on the top 100 charts in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Canada.