Studio wiz Ricky Reed has been behind major hits from the likes of Jessie J, Jason Derulo, and Fifth Harmony in recent years, but 2017 will finally see a new release under his own name. The Facing New York and Wallpaper vocalist returns with his own album later this year — and now, EW is excited to premiere “Joan of Arc” off the set.
“‘[It’s] about devotion,” the producer tells EW via email of the throwback tune. “When a relationship is stress-tested by an extreme hardship — in this case severe depression — it requires an unwavering love from both parties to come out on the other side.”
The song’s beginnings arrived unexpectedly, he says, during a jam session with Mark Foster of indie-rock outfit Foster the People. “We fell into it,” he recalls of the groove. “Even though it’s a funky instrumental, it always felt emotional to me, which inspired the lyric and the song.”
Reed, who is currently working on projects for Dej Loaf and Kesha, has, until now, stepped back from doing his own music recently but a new relationship led him back to his own material, he says. “I met the love of my life. I wanted to shout it from the mountain,” he says. “So, slowly, I began to accept the vulnerability that comes with stepping back into the spotlight and here I am.” He adds, “I’ve never been happier.”
Reed says his album, still untitled, will drop later this year. He has so far shared the sultry “Be the 1” and promises no two songs will sound alike. “I have a short attention span,” he admits, “thus the album is really eclectic…”
Hear “Joan of Arc” below.