Listen to Empress Of’s new single, “One Breath”

Released as part of a youth mental health campaign called Sound It Out.

Empress Of—aka Lorely Rodriguez—has dropped the new single “One Breath.”

“One Breath” was released in collaboration with Sound It Out, a mental health campaign that aims to use the power of music to kickstart conversations on emotional well-being with parents and caregivers.

According to Sound It Out’s website, the song was inspired by the words of a 14-year old Honduran-American teenager, Marianne. Over a backdrop of lush synths and subtle beats, Rodriguez channels Marianne’s emotions: “When everything feels heavy / When I become a shell / I listen to my body / The stories movement tells.” A Spanish verse also follows, reflecting their shared Honduran heritage.

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“One Breath” is part of a four-track album released by Sound It Out, which also includes contributions from rappers Tobe Nwigwe and KAMAUU.

Empress Of released her third studio album I’m Your Empress Of last April. It included the tracks “Give Me Another Chance” and “Love is a Drug.” In 2020, Rodriguez also launched her label Major Arcana, which released her recent collaboration with Amber Mark, the single “You’ve Got to Feel.”

Listen to “One Breath” here:

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And watch a behind-the-scenes clip in which Marianne and Empress Of talk about their experiences as Honduran-Americans below:

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