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Instant Love: Songs Between Women

This Valentine's Day, we're exploring a new project where female musicians reinterpret classic love songs originally sung by men about women

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KAREN SOUZA – AIN'T NO SUNSHINE

"I thought, 'What if the person who is waiting for this woman is her child?' A baby waiting for her mum to return home. The only thing a baby wants is to be close to her mum and get lost in her eyes. I had all of these beautiful images in my head when making this rendition."

RACHEL FANNAN - DON'T WORRY BABY

"Don't Worry Baby is definitely one of the most iconic love songs. Instant Love is all about compassion and we, as a global community of women, need to feel and share our pain and strength now more than ever. We are stronger together. I love the idea of flipping the script and singing as a woman to a woman."

NICOLE ATKINS - AMY

"A love song is a love song is a love song. I chose to cover Ryan Adam's song, Amy, because it's full of longing and pain and romance, and the tone of the recording really puts you in a certain place."

IRMA THOMAS - CRAZY LOVE

"I love the fact that women can show love to other women without guilt. We have been doing it from the beginning of time.”

ERIN DURANT - KIND WOMAN

"It felt like a fun opportunity to shift the gendered voice and the expectation of what makes a traditional, classic love song.”

HOLLY MIRANDA - I'M YOUR MAN

"It’s always really bothered me when men and women feel the need to change genders in songs they are singing. Saying 'I’m your man, I’ll do anything you ask me to' isn’t so much about gender as it is about showing up and being the person your partner needs in that moment."

ALLISON ZATARAIN, FOUNDER OF INSTANT LOVE

"It all started backstage in 2008. I was a member of the NYC band Action Painters and was warming up my vocals to Dream Lover. When I sang the line 'I want a girl to call my own', I realised how little women sing to one another. Are we afraid? Is music just stuck in the 1950s? Are we just creatures of habit? We're half the population!

"Many years later I'm the GM of Instant Records. One night in 2016, I was singing Oh, Pretty Woman in the shower. Now, I had the idea AND the ability to push it forward. The landscape at the time was all about Caitlyn Jenner and a new mainstream conversation about the limitations of binary words like gay and straight, masculine and feminine, male and female. So, I thought, what better way to explore the beauty of love and feelings than with music?

"I hope the listeners are able to experience how these songs have new meaning with a new narrator. Perhaps Kind Woman or Crazy Love will make you think of your mother. Peaceful Easy Feeling or Amy might make you think of a childhood friend. And You Really Got Me may echo that frenzy you get when a woman is stuck in your mind."

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