Michelle Obama 'This Is For My Girls' charity single arrives
The track, written by Dianne Warren, features vocals from Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Lea Michele, Kelly Rowland, and more
Just before her keynote address at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama dropped a new single.
Obama, of course, doesn’t sing on the track, but the first lady did commission “This Is For My Girls,” which was produced by AOL MAKERS and written by acclaimed songwriter Dianne Warren. Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Lea Michele, Kelly Rowland, Zendaya, and Janelle Monáe are among the singers who appear together on the charity single.
“It’s kind of like ‘We Are the World’ meets ‘Lady Marmalade’ with these strong voices and strong women,” Warren told Billboard in an interview. “When was the last time you heard a song like this or a record that had this many amazing divas on it? I’m really proud.”
Cited as a “global call to action,” all proceeds from sales of “This Is For My Girls” will be donated to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, “which helps break down barriers and stigma that prevent girls from getting the education they rightfully deserve.” The single is part of Obama’s #62MillionGirls campaign, which the first lady will discuss at SXSW on Wednesday, where Elliott and Warren will also appear.
Listen to a sample of “This Is For My Girls” below.