Words: Alastair James; pictures: Island UK and Republic Records
Billy Porter has released his brand new single ‘Children’ and it’s the groovy disco anthem we needed.
The energetic dancefloor filler is co-written by Grammy-nominated and LGBTQ music icon, MNEK as well as Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, which Billy revealed to Attitude at the Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar last week.
The single is current Attitude cover star Billy’s first under his brand-new joint partnership with Island UK and Republic Records.
"It’s a song that is inspired by my life"
Of the inspiration for the track Billy, 52, says: "It’s a song that is inspired by my life and everything I’ve gone through to get here."
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Speaking to Attitude before winning Man of the Year, supported by Virgin Atlantic last week, the Pose actor also revealed he’s shot a video for the track, adding: “It's a full thing. She's coming out honey, daddy's coming back. She's getting ready to have a full Tina Turner comeback, bitch!"
The song begins Billy soulfully singing: 'See I know times are hard/Yeah I mean it from the heart/You’re not losing the fight, love will make it alright/Cos I’ve been there, done that, worn that dress, so you know mama knows it best.'
Then the beat kicks in and the song becomes a propulsive disco groove track with aspirational lyrics as Porter declares: 'A change starts today/Better wipe those tears away.'
Porter added of his new music in a statement: "For the first time, my music is what I want it to be, what I want it to say, which is hope, love."
Watch the lyric video below:
The Attitude Awards issue is out now.