LeAnn Rimes and Mickey Guyton’s new song is a “battle cry” for women

The song, titled “the wild,” debuted Friday from Rimes’ upcoming album, “god’s work.”

Rimes and Guyton begin the song with mournful vocals, joined by Sheila E. on drums with her distinct percussion work. In an interview with CNN earlier this week, the two singers spoke about the message of “nature,” which explores the forceful repression and ridicule that women often face when speaking out.

“I wrote this song in early 2020, actually before anything we’re going through right now, but I feel like as women the same narrative keeps being replayed over and over and for centuries,” Rimes said. “I was actually reading a lot of books about Mary Magdalene at the time, and, for me, it was a very long hard look at my own rage at how women’s sexuality has been weaponized by religion, by patriarchy.

“It’s a battle cry. It’s rage. It’s grief,” she continued.

Guyton told CNN she has long admired Rimes as an artist.

“It’s just been an honor to partner with someone like you, who’s been through so much you’ve had so much, including women, who have shamed you and been awful to you,” said Guyton about Rimes. “And the fact that you found the strength to continue to stand up for the same people who are trying to persecute you is just admirable. And again, that’s why I have your back forever.”

Rimes came under intense scrutiny early in her relationship with her current husband, Eddie Cibrian. Rimes and Cibrian met on the set of a movie in 2008 when they were each in other relationships.

“Mickey, to have you on this song, for me to hear you sing these words and to know your journey in this craft as a black woman, it’s just amazing to see you overcome so much oppression,” said Rimes in response to Guyton. “I wanted you on this song so badly.”

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, Rimes said “nature” has new meaning.

“A woman having a say in sovereignty over her own body plays out not just in Roe v. Wade, but like I said, for generations in different ways,” Rimes said. “It talks about it, but it wasn’t intentionally written about it. I feel like sometimes I don’t know why I’m writing what I’m writing and then all of a sudden everything lines up like the universe wants it and it’s like, ‘Oh, there was a reason. There was a bigger reason for this than just my own need to express.'”


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