Pink Martini’s new song “I Am Woman” premieres today
20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF DEBUT ALBUM SYMPATHIQUE OUT NOW
Beloved Portland, Oregon-based “little orchestra” Pink Martini’s new song, “I Am Woman,” premieres today—listen/share the track here: https://spoti.fi/2Lf6KXe.“I Am Woman”—Pink Martini’s first new studio release since 2016’s Je dis oui!—is an epic version of the Helen Reddy classic that features both of the band’s powerful lead singers, China Forbes and Storm Large. This song has been a staple of the band’s concert performances for over a year now, a memorable highlight of each show in which they invite a multitude of women from the audience on stage to sing with the band. You can also watch the band perform the song live at SFJAZZ last December: https://youtu.be/PuW_qDh0Z4c
Of the track Forbes says, “Helen Reddy’s ‘I am Woman’ is having its moment again, and we are so lucky to be a conduit for this message of womanly power, sisterhood and unity. Singing this duet with my Pink Martini sister, Storm Large, underscores how when women raise our voices together, our message of equality and pride is magnified beyond calculation. We are so excited for this new version of ‘I am Woman’ to join the #metoo movement and #timesup. Because it is.”
Most recently, Pink Martini released the 20th Anniversary Edition of their debut album, Sympathique, on Heinz Records. Physical products are now available to purchase at the band’s webstore at https://bit.ly/2KRnSGw and at retailers nationwide.
In 1997, three years after Thomas M. Lauderdale founded Pink Martini, mostly to play fundraisers for progressive causes, he still hadn’t found the right lead singer for his band. His mind kept going back to his Harvard classmate, China Forbes, who was pursuing a singing career in New York. He pitched Forbes to come to Portland to serve as an “artist-in-residence” for a full month and in a little carriage house just outside of the city they wrote “Sympathique,” which eventually became the title track for the band’s popular first album.
At the band’s headquarters in Portland, Oregon, the chorus of the song “Sympathique” is emblazoned in block gold letters above the entryway. Based on lyrics found in a song by the French composer Francois Poulenc, written by the French poet Apollinaire, “Sympathique” became a hit in France, where the line “Je ne veux pas travailler” (“I don’t want to work”) was taken up as a mantra by French workers campaigning for a 35-hour workweek. The song was nominated for “Song of the Year” and the band nominated “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique (the French Grammys), and the album soon went Platinum in France and Gold in many other countries, including Canada, Switzerland, Greece and Turkey. It has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, a remarkable accomplishment for a band selling its own record on its own independent record label, Heinz Records.
Songs from Sympathique have been heard in TV shows such as The West Wing, The Sopranos, Parks & Recreation, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Nip/Tuck and Heathers, in addition to numerous feature films and ad campaigns.
SYMPATHIQUE TRACK LIST
1. Amado Mio
2. No Hay Problema
3. Sympathique (Je ne veux pas travailler)
4. Que Sera Sera
5. La Soledad
6. Donde Estas, Yolanda?
8. Song of the Black Lizard
10. Children of Piraeus