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Maya Angelou’s Lyric Video For “Still I Rise” Unveiled

'Caged Bird Songs' by Maya Angelou
‘Caged Bird Songs’ by Maya Angelou

In celebration of iconic American writer, poet, actor, dancer, director, composer, and lecturer Dr. Maya Angelou‘s forthcoming hybrid album Caged Bird Songs, fans can now watch the unique animated lyric video for “Still I Rise” – the first track released from the album. The album was produced by RoccStarr (whose production credits include Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson and CeeLo Green) and Shawn Rivera (lead singer of Az Yet, the R&B vocal pop group formerly on La Face/Arista Records) in Los Angeles and at Angelou’s North Carolina Home.

“Her matter-of-fact voice carries the track, which features a simple, stomping beat, a rich chorus of backing vocals and a lean blues riff.” – Wall Street Journal Speakeasy Blog on “Still I Rise.”

Though best known for her poetry, Dr. Angelou lived a long life full of music that included a critically acclaimed calypso album, seven songs with Ashford & Simpson on their albumBeen Foundand collaborations with other musical greats including Wynton Marsalis and Roberta Flack. She won three GRAMMY Awards for her spoken word recordings, received TONY Award and Pulitzer Prize nominations, as well as numerous other honors.

For more information about Maya Angelou and Caged Bird Songs, visit