Songwriter Diane Warren and First Lady Michelle Obama dropped “This Is For My Girls” in Austin at SWSX. But the road to the moment was, let’s just say, many-splendored. Warren has mentioned the famous recording of “We Are The World” as an influence, but this time it’s all female voices on the anthem — giving its message of female empowerment a real “do as I do” and less “do as I say” feel. Because the record is full of women showing, not just telling, girls and the rest of the world just what’s possible. And wow it’s a lot of powerful female voices doing the showing.
Here’s who you’ll hear when you drop the needle on (okay, click on) “This Is For My Girls“:
- Kelly Clarkson
- Missy Elliott
- Kelly Rowland
- Janelle Monae
- Lea Michele
- Chloe & Halle
The ensemble single is produced by Makers, the “women’s leadership platform.” Proceeds benefit the #letGirlsLearn initiative that Michelle Obama established to help bring change for the estimated 62 million girls around the world without access to education.
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) March 17, 2016