When Brandy revealed the artwork for “Freedom Rings” on Monday, she sent her fans into a frenzy.
The speculations began to swarm. Some people believed it was the title and cover art for her seventh studio album, while others thought it was the artwork for a new song. The latter is correct.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of her self-titled debut album, Brandy has released a new track. She collaborated with songwriter Sebastian Cole to write the liberating tune.
“I had the deepest conversation with him about my freedom and what I went through, and he was really able to put together a poetic story to this life that I have lived for so long of not being free and coming to the realization that I’ve been free the whole time,” she explained.
On the rock-soul production, Brandy sings, “They tried to change me, chain me / I run away declaring my freedom sings / My freedom rings.”
“Freedom Rings” is Brandy’s second song to release this year. It is the follow-up to “Love Again,” her duet with Daniel Caesar. The song reached the top five at urban adult contemporary radio, earning her biggest hit on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart since “Almost Doesn’t Count” in 1999.
Brandy is wrapping up her untitled seventh album, which is set to arrive later this year. The album will feature contributions from DJ Camper, Prince Charlez, Angel, Pharrell, Justin Timberlake, and the late LaShawn Daniels.
Next week, Brandy will appear on Ro James’ new song called “Plan Be.” The song is produced by DJ Camper.
Listen to “Freedom Rings” by Brandy below.