Ego Ella May’s Sumptuous R&B Explores the Internal and External Worlds

In early April, just a few weeks into coronavirus quarantine, Ego Ella May released a re-recording of Nat King Cole’s “Smile.” “Here’s a classic song for you I just recorded, with a twist,” she wrote in her tweet. “Encouraging you to let yourself cry. Do NOT feel bad for feeling. You don’t have to be strong right now.” The “twist” was poignant: the British singer had replaced the lyric “smile” with “cry”: “Cry though your heart is aching,” she sang. A few days before, she’d released the official video for, “How Long Til We’re Home” from her latest album Honey For Wounds—a song that now feels even more stunningly apt, following a string of murders of Black men and women in America…


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