Ivory Layne Delivers Powerful Feminist Love Song with "Boy Loves Me" [PREMIERE]
Ivory Layne is no stranger to the stage. Growing up singing in church, this young powerhouse with an old soul wrote her first song at age six and has been hooked ever since. Moving to Nashville in 2013, Layne has found success thanks to her impressive songwriting and vocal talent, working with artists like Needtobreathe and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Adding a spot on Justin Timberlake's artist development company to her resume in 2015, it's clear Ivory Layne shows no signs of slowing down. We're happy to assist Layne on her rising trajectory with the video premiere of her latest release, "Boy Loves Me."
With "Boy Loves Me," Layne has served up a tune that is equal parts piano ballad and pop anthem, with poignant lyrics to boot. Reminiscent of pop giants like Adele and Annie Lennox, Layne displays impeccable control, building from simmering to soaring vocals over the course of the song. Feminine strength and an inspiring vulnerability saturate the lyrics, acknowledging that a woman is no less independent in yearning for love. Layne sings "I know it don't make me all of me...but I love when a boy loves me," emphasizing that love is a not a necessity to a self-actualized woman, but an accompaniment.
Layne described her writing process,
"I wrote 'Boy Loves Me' as a feminist love song, a piece where I could express the wonder of being a hopeful romantic without sacrificing my strength or independence as a woman."
The video finds Layne in an empty auditorium, with alternating shots of her performing onstage and watching from the audience, a meaningful artistic touch that makes the song as much an empowerment of the singer as it is an exultation of love. Staying true to her nostalgic aesthetic, Layne wears a black dress and draws from the style of Old Hollywood glamour. Handheld camera shots follow the elegant songstress, adding a more intimate visual element to match the personal nature of the song's lyrics. Every visual artistic touch serves to highlight the sonic power of the song, a testament to the video as a piece of storytelling.
With such an impressive release to kick off the year, we can't wait to see what Ivory Layne has in store in the months to come. Check out the video for "Boy Loves Me" below: