Lisa Loeb just wants you to get the feels on her new song, “Feel What U Feel,” which EW is excited to premiere today. Off her new all-ages album, also called Feel What U Feel, the track features The Office‘s Craig Robinson.
“I love an all ages audience because there’s all of the elements that I loved about entertainment when I was growing up in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” Loeb tells EW about her foray into the genre, which is a departure from her famous ’90s hit “Stay.” The singer-songwriter wanted to harken back to an earlier era that echoed shows like The Muppets, Free to Be You and Me, and The Carol Burnett Show.
Loeb wrote this album based on “what I’d like to pass along to my kids and kids in general.” The singer explained, “For this album, I wrote a song about ‘seeing’ and acknowledging others, in the song ‘Say Hello,’ and for kids to just have their feelings in ‘Feel What U Feel’ and not to judge them.”
It was “Feel What U Feel” that led to her collaboration with Robinson because the pair had been in search of a project to work together together on for years. “Finally when my collaborators and I were coming up with the disco funk jam, ;Feel What U Feel,’ it lead to the decision to put the Free to Be You and Me Classic, ‘It’s All Right to Cry’ on the album as a companion piece, and all of a sudden it was clear: these are the songs we’re going to sing together! It’s a perfect match. We’re a great balance for each other.”
Loeb hopes her music encourages respect for others’ emotions. “It’s going back to basic values and recognizing that we all go through similar things, but that your world is also unique to you and you should be able to take pride in that.”
Loeb’s album Feel What U Feel is due Oct. 7 on Amazon Music and is available for preorder here. Hear “Feel What U Feel” below.