Irene Atman’s newest release Because I’m A Woman is more than just a single and album for the Canadian jazz-pop singer/songwriter. The song and its uplifting video — showcasing today on Tinnitist — are the multi-talented artist’s passionate and celebratory anthem for empowerment and movement towards equality.
“Now more than ever, I thought it was time for a women’s anthem,” Atman reflects on the bluesy, gospel-inspired song and its newly minted video, available in time for International Women’s Day. “In writing Because I’m A Woman, I was able to personally tap into some of the emotional challenges that face many other women in their various careers, from pay equity to ageism, and beyond. I wanted to do something as a global salute to women around the world this March 8th — International Women’s Day,” she continues of the day’s importance. “This is for women everywhere. This is my tribute.”
The track serves double duty as the title for her upcoming studio album, Because I’m A Woman — available spring 2020. The 14-track LP features six original songs among Atman’s take on material by songwriters and artists she adores, each packed with the same sonically savoury panache for she has long been internationally and critically lauded. The release is set to be a welcome addition to Atman’s growing library; Because I’m A Woman follows 2015’s Long Distance, 2009’s New York Rendezvous, and 2007’s eponymous debut, Irene Atman.
Because I’m A Woman features jazz interpretations of pop songs including Blondie’s Call Me and Spiral Staircase’s More Today, Than Yesterday, inspired by hearing Bruno Mars do a fun take of it during a radio interview. Plus, 1940’s jazz blues classics like Since I Fell for You and the sultry Black Coffee. The swingin’ ’60s get a revisit with songs made popular by Dusty Springfield (You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me), Petula Clark (I Know a Place) and Cilla Black (John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s It’s for You). Speaking of McCartney, there’s an intimate, orchestral version of This Never Happened Before from The Lakehouse soundtrack.
Watch Because I’m a Woman above and connect with Irene Atman on her website and Facebook.