Hilary Roberts has unleashed another empowering, moving masterpiece with the profoundly inspiring “Better Than This” featuring gospel powerhouse Brenda Ellis. Released on Martin Luther King Day (15th January) via Robert's own record label Red Songbird, “Better Than This” intertwines an expressive, honest acknowledgement of historic wrongdoings with an undoubtable commitment towards ever-growing positive change.
Professing that “We have to admit where we’ve been wrong”, “Better Than This” sheds light on the ongoing issues regarding prejudice, systemic oppression and fear, compassionately calling for racial equality and the noble importance of admitting to mistakes. Soulful and gloriously empowering, the single is opening up the conversation to listeners in a heartfelt demeanor, communicating an apology through self-expressive, truthful lyrics.
Over a bed of smooth, retro-tinged R&B instrumentation, the magnetic synergy of Roberts and Ellis’ vocals stand-out miraculously, shifting from delicate and self-confessional to greatly euphoric and joyous. The imperative emphasis on the title and call for action is beautifully enhanced by the repetition of “Better Than This”, which eventually erupts into a heavenly, gospel-esque outro laced with pleading riffs and soul-stirring high notes. This remarkable collaboration between the singers is an exquisite display of unity, with neither dominating the song in its entirety.
Admired for her candid songwriting, Roberts is devoted to using her platform to spread messages of positivity and empowerment. Having previously spoken out about her experiences as a trauma survivor and life-altering heart surgery, the singer-songwriter has since set up the Red Songbird foundation, which has helped dozens of victims of abuse seek personal guidance, support and treatment. With a commitment to helping others overcome issues through healing and spirituality, “Better Than This” is no exception - whilst heroically calling for equality and progressive change, it sonically illustrates the emotional, rewarding impact of acceptance, admittance to wrongdoing and togetherness.
Thrilling, anthemic and embedded with an underlying tone of despair at the current state of prejudice,“Better Than This” exhibits Robert's ability to spread awareness on social issues whilst inviting listeners to join her en route. With gripping, memorable lyrics set up to be sung in a celebratory fashion by gospel choirs and cheering crowds, the singer-songwriter has crafted another spellbinding, unforgettable statement.
The music video for “Better Than This” is out 1st February, in celebration of Black History Month.
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