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Sophie B. Hawkins image courtesy of Press Here Publicity.
Sophie B. Hawkins image courtesy of Press Here Publicity.

Sophie B. Hawkins announces new studio album 'Free Myself, out March 24


Tue, Feb 14th 2023 06:00 pm

Releases official video for her anti-Valentine single ‘Better Off Without You’

√ Press here to watch

√ Intimate album release shows on-sale now

Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling artist and songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins has announced her brand-new seventh studio album, “Free Myself,” which will be released March 24 via Lightyear Entertainment. Press here to presave the album.

A press release stated, “Featuring some of her most emotionally powerful material to date, the album immediately affirms Sophie B. Hawkins as a truly essential artist, capable of instilling each listener with the strength and courage needed to follow their own intuition.”

The announcement comes alongside the release of Sophie’s official music video for her anti-Valentine single from the album, “Better Off Without You.” Press here to watch the video, directed by Nigel Dick (Britney Spears’ “... Baby One More Time” and “Oops!... I Did It Again,” Cher’s “Believe”), which “showcases the next-level chemistry Sophie and her band have, and the magic they create when performing together in the studio. The moody and soaring song explores betrayal and the transformative triumph of radical self-love and, ultimately, forgiveness as Sophie tells her ex, ‘I hope you heal your heart.’ ”

Sophie encourages listeners to sing it loud and proud as an enduring anti-Valentine’s Day anthem.

She said, “I used to think ‘Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover,’ but now I realize I’m ‘Better Off Without You.’ ”

“Free Myself,” the press release continued, “expands on the colorful eclecticism that’s always permeated Sophie’s music, encompassing everything from folk to soul to Brill Building pop. As she reflects on what has been a trailblazing, revolutionary career, ‘Free Myself’ sees her embarking on a new creative chapter of independence and positivity.”

Sophie will be celebrating the release of the album with a series of intimate album release shows on the East Coast beginning on release day and making stops in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Press here for tickets or more information.

“Better Off Without You” follows the single that kicked off Sophie’s new era, “Love Yourself,” “a soul-stirring piece of symphonic pop about confidence and the way we talk about ourselves, reframing our inner dialogue to change patterns and bring healing. It’s an exciting new creative chapter for the legendary artist whose indelible hit songs such as ‘Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover’ and ‘As I Lay Me Down’ have been featured in cultural touchstone TV shows and films (from ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘Euphoria,’ ‘Ozark’ to ‘Beverly Hills, 90210,’ ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and ‘The L Word’) and who has always been ahead of her time with her steadfast activism supporting such causes as environmental protection, animal rights and LGBTQ equality; using her songwriting and platform for positive change with the forward-thinking, pioneering outlook she has championed all along.

“Sophie’s ever-evolving career has also included releasing six widely beloved albums, breaking chart records with her smash hits, four worldwide singles from ‘Whaler,’ and a starring role as Janis Joplin in the critically acclaimed musical ‘Room105.’

“A dynamic creative force, Sophie has always been fully involved in every aspect of the production of her records, from background vocals and playing her own instruments as a multi-instrumentalist, to engineering and production of her albums. She has proved to be an enduring artist with a fierce commitment to artistic integrity while both constantly evolving and remaining steadfastly true to her own authentic history and experience which connects her to her fans at the very deepest levels.”

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