About Stacy Barthe
“It’s a journey from beginning to end, a continuation from Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe,” the Brooklyn-born, Long Island-raised Barthe says, referring to her 2010 debut. Heralding her transformation from songwriter to artist, Sincerely Yours was arresting and therapeutic. The Fader raved about her “incredible control over her singing voice” and her “unforgettable directness.” Diddy said he blasted it “all day from the house to the car.” It was the diary of her hurt, her desire to find real love.
Even though Sincerely Yours introduced the world to Barthe’s voice, many had already memorized her words and melodies. Britney Spears (“Blur), Rihanna (“Cheers”), and Katy Perry (“Hummingbird Heartbeat”) all recorded songs penned by Barthe. She’d worked with producers like Hit-Boy, Cool and Dre, Tricky Stewart, and T.I. on his hit "Sorry" ft. Andre 3000. But transmitted through her rich voice, her songs acquired an extra dimension of power.
“What all humans have in common is a heart. We’ve all been hurt, we’ve all been broken, we’ve all felt low before,” Barthe says. “PS I Love You is about growth and rehabilitation. It’s about what I’ve been through.”
This is the evolution of Stacy Barthe. She’s found love, dropped 150 lbs. and is recording for one of the most storied labels in music history. Yet she’s retained the same radiance and grit. You can hear the subtle influence of her idols: Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, Bob Marley, and Lauryn Hill. But it’s clear that in a world where there are 6,000 singers trying to be Beyonce, there is only one Stacy Barthe.
“I was 315 lbs when I got signed. There wasn’t a bidding war going on for me. I’m not your cookie cutter thin girl with a weave,” Barthe says. “But I write from what I see, hear, and experience. PS I Love You isn’t only finding love in somebody else, but also about finding love in myself.”
With heavy support from John Legend and his label Homeschool, Barthe expands herline of vision beyond the personal. “Flawed Beautiful Creatures” examines the Trayvon Martin case with preternatural empathy for all sides. “Home in My Heart” turns a mundane gripe about having to go to the studio alone into a soul-stirring ballad. “Hell Yeah” is a head-bobbing inspirational anthem about trying to “live right” featuring none other than Rick Ross. Like the title of the album’s penultimate song, there is “No Substitute” for Stacy Barthe. The soul is rare, the songs are real.
“I’m transparent in my emotions and I’m not trying to put on costumes or crazy make up and heels,” Barthe says. “I can’t be something I’m not, so my music is me from what I wear to how I speak. My tone is different, the way I pack things is familiar, but I’m just being me.”