Written By Angie Vargas
Mid October, Justine Tyrell blessed our ears with her new single “Worthy” and our eyes with the music video for the track. The song dropped on October 23rd, 2020 and the visuals for the track were released on November 4th, 2020. Justine is an R&B singer from Calgary Alberta. Her music career could be said to have started at the age of 7, when she wrote her first song. At this young age, she was very interested in music, intrigued by the way it sounded and with finding a way to recreate those sounds. As a little girl, she played the piano, the drums and the guitar. As she grew older, she focused more on the singing and performing aspect of music. She first started by going to different venues in downtown Calgary and asking if she could sing there for free and then if they liked her then they could consider paying her. One of her first shows ever was actually at a gym’s inauguration. Even though Justine had stage fright, she learnt to push past that and afterwards fell in love with performing.
“Worthy” is a song about understanding what is meant for us and the value of that. This song was produced, mixed and mastered by Matt Zoeteman and Timothonius. This soft R&B hit is a self-reflective track that explores the artist’s love life and what she deserves. Justine also confided that this song did not only come from a personal reflection but also from what she had observed in other people’s relationships. This song is not only empowering for women’s relationships, but it is also for the BIPOC community, to take a step back and recognize what they are worthy for. Justine has told us that she was moved and inspired to write this song by what was going on in the world. This track first came to life around the same time that the BLM protests were taking place in The States and in Canada. It is smooth, empowering and the vocals are impeccable. We can definitely hear the guidance from some of her favourite artists such as Aaliyah and H.E.R.
The music video is a visual representation of feminine strength and empowerment. Within it, Justine was very conscious of the representation of the BIPOC community. The video shows three main cuts, one of Justine with her girls, one of her by herself and one with Justine and a guy at a dinner table, this last one having a plot. The video has it all: dancing, unity and freedom. The colours and aesthetics in the music video show Justine’s professionalism and attention to detail. The style, clothing and makeup of all the girls is thoroughly thought out and executed beautifully. The video is not only about finding strength and power in other women, it also supports the idea of finding empowerment in the community and finding strength within yourself.
Justine Tyrell definitely gave Calgary some feminine sparkle and empowerment with this R&B song. With this track, she reminds women that we are stronger together. This is not only apparent from her music video where she was uplifted and supported by one of her best friends, Terez, who helped Justine with the style and aesthetics of both the music video and the cover. Justine also demonstrated this idea with her part in the new song “Fire Gods” by Flight School, Jocelyn Alice and Justine Tyrell. This song is edgier in nature but highlights what women can achieve together. Justine will be releasing an EP, hopefully soon (fingers crossed), but in the meantime we will enjoy all the wonderful singles she has out on all streaming services!
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