Songwriting comes easy for the Brooklyn-born , Haiti raised Grammy award winning Stacy Barthe who scored her first professional opportunity while working as an intern for Jive Records when she was a student at St. John’s University.
After collaborating with Hit-Boy, Barthe gradually built a discography with credits for Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Brandy. She began her gradual ascent in the music industry as a songwriter in 2007 when she signed with Universal Music Publishing Group and wrote “Blur” for Britney Spears’ “Circus” album. Stacy soon became a frequently spotted name on composer credits for songs by high-profile artists such as Cheryl Cole (“Heaven”), Katy Perry (“Hummingbird Heartbeat”), Rihanna (the number seven hit “Cheers [Drink to That]”), Kelis (“22nd Century”), Estelle (“Speak Ya Mind”), Alicia Keys (two songs on Girl on Fire), and T.I. (“Sorry”).
Miley Cyrus’s song “Adore You,” the first track on her Bangerz album, was not originally intended for the pop star. Stacy penned the ballad for herself, and planned to include it on one of her projects, but Cyrus was determined to record the ballad. “It was supposed to be the first track on [my EP] P.S. I Love, and when Miley heard it she was like, ‘Um, I need that,’” Barthe explains during an exclusive interview with Yahoo Music. “And then I was like, ‘Babe, it’s the first song on my EP.’ So she doubled back with the producer, they cut it on their own, and she let me hear it. And she was like, ‘Before you shoot me down, just hear it.’ And she killed it, so I was like, ‘Anybody who’s going to go through that much trouble to get the song, babe, you can have it.”
Stacy eventually turned a collection of her unused songs into her 2011 debut EP, “Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe,” and put out additional sets. As a solo artist, she has released a number of independent projects, including “Sincerely Yours” (2011), “Stacy Barthe” (featuring appearances from Frank Ocean and Luke James, 2010), “In the Inbetween” (2012), and “P.S. I Love You” (2013). On March 12, 2015, French future house producer Tchami released the song “After Life” which featured Stacy’s vocals, and received over 8 million plays on SoundCloud as of April 2016. Now it is well over 30 million.
Continuing her interstellar trajectory, Stacy signed to the storied Motown label and released “BEcoming” (2015) which features Common and also a duet with John Legend who is co-executive producer. The production transcends traditional R&B to include a sophisticated blend of classical, rock, folk, and pop music that at times is reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Sade, Tracy Chapman, Bjork, and India.Arie. The lyrical content, however, deals with the heavy issue of self-esteem. Barthe recounts a suicide attempt on opening track, “My Suicide Note”; grapples with insecurities elsewhere; and eventually moves to a better place on “Find It,” which urges her audience to “find a new way to live.” She takes an equally uplifting perspective on “Flawed Beautiful Creatures,” which is also the theme song of the television show “Being Mary Jane” starring Gabrielle Union. In July 2015, Stacy’s album “BEcoming” reached number 92 on the Billboard 200.
In the following years, Stacy would expand her repertoire to encompass music beyond R&B including hip hop songs with iconic rappers like Nipsey Hustle in America, EDM songs with superstar DJs like David Guetta in Europe, dancehall songs with major MCs like Shaggy in the Caribbean, and Afrobeats songs with African legends D’Banj and Tiwa Savage. With too many accolades to mention during the global expansion of Stacy’s sound across various musical genres, a near sacred project that she wrote and sang on Nipsey Hussle’s “Victory Lap” (2019) went platinum in early 2020 following his untimely passing. When Stacy bumped into Beyoncé at rapper Nipsey Hussel’s funeral in LA in April 2019, it led to her being invited to pen songs at a writing camp at Beyoncé’s studio. The project? “The Lion King: The Gift”. On her birthday, Stacy wrote (the day the album was also released):
“Dear Beyonce, I had given up on songwriting. You changed that for me when I reconnected with you at @nipseyhussle ‘s funeral. Life was taken and then given. This gift reminded me of why I do this. We’re part of something way bigger.”
Selected from literally 100s of songs, Stacy’s compositions, “Bigger” and “Brown Skin Girl” were chosen for “The Gift”.
If this wasn’t enough for the talented Stacy Barthe, on March 18, 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Post selected “BEcoming” as one of the “10 albums to crank up while coronavirus has you stuck at home” as NYC was the epicenter of the coronavirus at the time and now has flattened the curve while other states reach record infections; based on the poignant messages of her heartfelt songwriting, perhaps Stacy’s music played a part in NYC finding its healing thru her music. Now, back in NYC and faced with a world of pandemic, racial injustice, and other unprecedented global challenges, Stacy has teamed up with fellow Grammy-nominated artist Jimmy Cozier and newcomer ESKOH (“Every SItuation Kan Offer Hope) to create and release the soundtrack for our present trying times. Among her new releases, “Shoot” (2020) epitomizes the sentiment of people of color in the face of brutal police violence and systemic racism. Deep, resilient and grounding, “Shoot” keeps the pace of the movement as steady as a heartbeat. Stacy always adds clarity and drama to anything she lends her voice to; this slave-spiritual-channeling protest anthem is no exception. “I don’t know ’bout y’all / But my back got tired/ Tired of buildin’ this country up / Still they tell us we ain’t enough / Tired of all of these buildings/ Rather be dead than mistreated / So tonight I’m leaving / Thinkin’ bout 10 in the evening.”