It’s a good day to be a Mariah Carey fan. The elusive living legend has come to “Save The Day” with her new single.
The Jermaine Dupri-produced track samples Fugees’ Grammy-winning cover of Roberta Flack’s classic “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” It also contains guest vocals from Lauryn Hill, which were lifted from Fugees’ signature hit.
Arriving during a time of uncertainty, “Save the Day” gives listeners a breath of fresh air, as Carey beautifully sings lyrics that carry an encouraging message about resilience.
“We’re all in this together / You’re my only hope / And it’s too divided / Too deep to understand / But if we don’t do it / Then who will,” Carey sings.
“Save The Day,” which is a “fully-realized” recording of a previously written song that was never completed, is the first taste of Carey’s upcoming album, The Rarities. The two-disc compilation project will feature 15 previously unreleased tracks by Carey, as well as 17 live tracks performed at Tokyo Dome during her Daydream World Tour 1996.
“I found stuff in my vault that I had either started to work on a long time ago and never released or that I wanted to kind of finish mixing,” Carey told Michael Strahan of Good Morning America. “There are songs that have previously not been released, so it’s exciting.” She added, “It’s a monumental occasion for my career.”
The Rarities will arrive on October 2. Days before, on September 29, Carey will release her first-ever memoir titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
Listen to “Save The Day” by Mariah Carey below.