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Positive Vibes Only: Michaela Anne Embraces Her Flaws In A Cathartic Performance Of "I'm Only Human"
Singer/songwriter Michaela Anne learns to relinquish control with her powerful self-love anthem, "I'm Only Human," in this episode of Positive Vibes Only.
Michaela Anne's next album, Oh To Be That Free, was created during a pivotal, difficult time period of her life: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was pregnant with her first child while caring for her mother, who'd just suffered a near-fatal hemorrhagic stroke.
Those three life-altering events threw Anne's life priorities and artistic identity into sharp relief. Now, with her next chapter of music, the Nashville-based singer/songwriter finds stark clarity about who she is and what she wants to say — beginning with the album's opening track, "I'm Only Human."
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Anne delivers a confident, clear performance of the song, backed only by her acoustic guitar. Anne enunciates every word, repeating the titular message until it feels like less of an admission and more of a battle cry.
"I'm selfish and unstable/ I'm emotional and I'm wild and I'm hateful," she proclaims in the chorus. "I'm jaded when I'm losing/ I never know what the hell I'm doing/ I'm only human."
The song's lyrics are a declaration of self-love, set up as a speech delivered to a romantic partner who's unpleasantly surprised to discover her flaws — even though she's been clear about them since the beginning. There isn't a hint of guilt in Anne's delivery; If anything, she finds freedom in the act of letting go of how others perceive her.
"It feels good not to think of anybody else, not even you/ A do what I want, when I want point of view/ Finally doing the things that I should do," she sings.
As the leading track of Oh To Be That Free, "I'm Only Human" heralds an album full of cathartic, complex reflections on a life that emerges triumphant in the face of adversity. The full project arrives June 10.
Until then, enjoy Anne's performance in the video above, and check GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Otis Kemp Celebrates God's Inspiration With A Glowing Performance Of "Daily Bread"
Inspired by Bible verse Matthew 6:9-13, gospel singer Otis Kemp's single "Daily Bread" provides joy and relief from the unavoidable obstacles of everyday life.
For burgeoning singer Otis Kemp, gospel music consists of two elements: praising God and radiating good vibes. "Sometimes people say I'm 'flashy,' but there's nothing wrong with showin' out for Jesus," he's said— and that's exactly the mindset he had with his latest release, "Daily Bread."
"I'm honoring you, Your Majesty and Mighty King/ Turn up my radio/ You're the reason why I sing/ Yeah, that's my song," he declares in the second verse.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Kemp delivers a glowing performance of his moving single, "Daily Bread." He performs the track alongside a choir with interludes of hypnotic dance moves, only amplifying "Daily Bread's" uplifting energy.
"Daily Bread" was inspired by the Bible verse Matthew 6:9-13, and created to invoke gratitude and relief from the unavoidable obstacles of everyday life. The song even received a co-sign from 19-time GRAMMY-winning gospel legend Kirk Franklin, as "Daily Bread" was No. 1 on his SiriusXM channel's fan-favorite countdown for two consecutive weeks. And as of press time, the track is at No. 6 on Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart.
Press play on the video above to watch Otis Kemp's feel-good performance of "Daily Bread," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Watch Lakewood Music Perform A Soul-Healing Rendition Of "Decimos Amén"
Revered worship group Lakewood Music perform an ascendant version of "Decimos Amén," a song that stays true to their mission to "extend an open invitation of hope."
The song title "Decimos Amén" translates to "We say amen." That sense of togetherness and solidarity lies at the heart of Lakewood Music, the worship collective who perform "Decimos Amén" in this captivating episode of Positive Vibes Only.
True to their message of spiritual uplift, "Decimos Amén" points its arrow skyward, building with a profound sense of dynamic tension and release. Their stated mission is to "extend an open invitation of hope"; via the universal language of music, Lakewood Music do just that.
As "Decimos Amén" builds and builds, it becomes evermore danceable; a kinetic energy is charged through the ensemble. By the end of the tune, chances are your mind will be cleared, your heart rendered at peace — and most importantly, your spirit connected to a higher purpose.
Watch the heart-strengthening performance above, and keep checking GRAMMY.com every Sunday for new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Cochren & Co. Offer A Supportive Hand In This Healing Performance Of "Be There For You"
Christian worship group Cochren & Co. vow to be a shoulder to lean on with "Be There for You," a track from their second album, 'Running Home.'
It's always hard to watch someone you love go through a difficult time. But as Cochren & Co. remind in "Be There for You," words of support can be the best medicine.
"Days fade in and leave the same/ An endless battle, seems like nothing has changed/ I wish I could tell you when this season will end/ Better days are coming," they sing in the track's chorus.
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, Cochren & Co. deliver a healing performance of "Be There for You." The collective's front man, Michael Cochren, performs the song alongside six other lively musicians, driving home the message of community and support.
"Be There for You" is a track from Cochren & Co.'s second album, Running Home. The project is about Cochren's return to the arms of God, and is meant to be an encouraging message for anyone who's found themselves losing their spirituality.
"When we go off looking for things in the broken world, we will never find them," Cochren said to the Christian Beat
"Ultimately, we only find what we need when we return to our loving God."
Press play on the video above to watch Cochren & Co.'s inspiring performance of "Be There for You," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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Positive Vibes Only: Brandee Younger Reimagines The Enchantment Of Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic" In This Instrumental Cover
Using just a harp, Brandee Younger delivers a moving performance of Stevie Wonder's 1976 deep cut "If It's Magic."
Almost 50 years ago, Stevie Wonder graced the world with his critically acclaimed (and Album Of The Year-winning) studio album, Songs in the Key of Life. Beyond notable singles "Isn't She Lovely" and "I Wish" lives "If It's Magic," a song about the unavoidable failure of unprotected love.
"If it's magic/ Then why can't it be everlasting?/ Like the sun that always shines/ Like the poet's endless rhymes/ Like the galaxies in time," Wonder questions in the track's opening verse. "It holds the key to every heart/ Throughout the universe/ It fills you up without a bite/ And quenches every thirst."
In this episode of Positive Vibes Only, American harpist Brandee Younger performs a soothing, instrumental cover of "If It's Magic." Younger plays the harp from a well-lit room covered in plants, increasing the serene ambiance of the performance.
Last month, Younger released her latest album, Brand New Life. As one of the most prominent Black, female harpists, Younger created Brand New Life as one of her many efforts to highlight the musical contributions of Black women. In 2022, she became the first Black woman to be nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Best Instrumental Composition category.
Press play on the video above to watch Brandee Younger's tranquil cover of Stevie Wonder's deep cut "If It's Magic," and check back to GRAMMY.com every Sunday for more new episodes of Positive Vibes Only.
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