Grammy- and Tony Award-winner and Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Cynthia Erivo announces her debut album of original music as a recording artist, Ch. 1 Vs. 1.
By way of a 12-track journey into her mental and emotional landscape - one marked by heartbreak and sadness, but also triumph and growth - Ch. 1 Vs. 1 is a record of what one writer calls "the unfolding of a self," of what it means to do away with the pretense and masks we often wear as a means of survival. It's eclectic, but not in the nice-nasty way "eclectic" is often used to convey displeasure. Rather, it's the perfect soundtrack to a still-unfolding talent ready to be seen in her fullness, beyond the stage and screen and high fashion red carpet gowns and extravagant nail art. "Just as me, Cynthia," she says.
A showcase of both Erivo's vocal stylings as well as her pen - she co-wrote every song - the album is perfectly suited for this moment in culture forever marked by a global pandemic and ongoing racial reckonings. With the bulk of the tracks written and recorded over the last two years, Erivo saw it as "a duty to tell people something."
Ch. 1 Vs. 1 is a galvanizing mix of reverential, socially-inspired soul ("What In The World", "Hero", "Sweet Sarah"), heady alt R&B and pop ("Day Off", "I Might Be In Love With You", "Alive") and vulnerable, gospel-tinged ballads ("A Window", "Glowing Up", "You're Not Here"). It features co-writing and production support from Jamie Hartman (Lewis Capaldi, Jennifer Hudson, Celeste), Sean Douglas (Lizzo, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo), Kaveh Rasteghar (John Legend, Sia), Shakka Phillip (Dua Lipa, Tove Lo), Harold Lilly (Beyoncé, Brandy) and Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar), among others. The Album is executive produced by Will Wells (Imagine Dragons, Quincy Jones, Anthony Ramos).
Ch. 1 Vs. 1 is more than just a long-awaited debut album of original music from the celebrated singer; it is a sonic declaration of identity and humanity and is a sweeping reintroduction dripping in authenticity and truth.
"It would be a wasted opportunity to not express all that I am," Erivo adds. "This is probably one of the first times I'll get to just be myself, and be myself fully."
- Double LP
- What In The World
- The Good
- Day Off
- A Window
- I Might Be In Love
- Sweet Sarah
- You're Not Here
- Glowing Up