Niki Black has released a new version of her newest hit “Hallelujah” and man can I relate. The soul freeing anthem is not only a work of art but the additional verse added by Nisha just makes the song even amazing. The genre bending track features Niki’s powerhouse vocals and Nisha’s addictive lyricsim. Niki wrote the lyrics for “Hallelujah” from the perspective that losing faith is not tied to just to God and religion, but to things like romantic relationships or addiction.
“The song is an ode to giving up a relationship that was designed to keep you powerless,” shares Niki. “The beginning of the song includes a soundbite from a mass I experienced in the Duomo in Florence, Italy that I snuck into and recorded on my phone.”
“Nisha is a soul mate friendship I respect like none other. a unique bond for a one of a kind manifestation of a human. One of those magnetic attractions – we met through our friend Kate whose a brilliant writer and woman – first time on a hike at Griffith. And those became the first of many views with NISHA – her talent, artistry, and cognizant view of reality have enriched my life deeply. When I shared hallelujah with her when it first came out, to my divine surprise she asked if she could cut a verse. There was a part awaiting her, a holy foreshadowing. We had already bonded spiritually at this point, merging our identities and thoughts into one union of understanding – rebels, brown women, souls who know borders but exist without them, intergenerational prototypes – a final connection to seal this was this verse on hallelujah, my favorite song. i still emotionally respond so very strongly when I hear her lyrics. she understood exactly what I meant, which is a homecoming I don’t feel often with others. She understood, she enriched, and she transcended my song the way she has my life. Her lyrics speak to the scorned nature of the rebel who also feels holy, the damned angel who thinks that you gave her your wings to fly, the saint and the sinner. she has worded a verse so wonderfully and powerfully, It makes me want to take the streets and scream it as catharsis.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Niki is Iranian-American, with an array of influences that represent her mixed heritage. While her father, a Chicago native, introduced her to the blues and American classics, her mother filled the house with Persian cultural influences – from the mystical writings of Rumi to the sounds of Iranian pop legend Googoosh.
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