Fresh off her Grammy Award performance where she paid homage to fertility goddess Oshun, Beyonce has released the video for Sandcastles, from her Lemonade album.
A little history behind how Sandcastles came about:
Sandcastles, originated with a little-known songwriter that was struggling to make ends meet.
In early 2015, songwriter Vincent Berry II promised himself he would stop writing about his ex-girlfriend.
Just one more song, he said, and during sessions with poet-rapper-actor Malik Yusef it happened with a demo called “We Built Sandcastles That Washed Away.”
Gathered at a piano Yusef sang the gospel-influenced lyrics he’d come up with — words that “opened a wound” for Berry.
“I hadn’t really healed,” Berry told The Times of the 10-year relationship that inspired the track. “I just thought about her, and it was all I needed to get the rest out.”
Barry was homeless when Beyoncé got her hands on the song, originally intended for R&B; singer Teyana Taylor, in February 2015 after word of mouth got the demo played for A&R; executive Teresa LaBarbera Whites, who famously discovered and signed Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child to Columbia Records.
It was a level of exposure that helped him go from starving artist to in-demand songwriter, and he’s since logged studio time with Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Big Sean, BJ the Chicago Kid and Eminem.
“When someone sings your song, it’s incredible,” said Berry. “But when the biggest artist in the world sings your song, it’s really a defining moment for yourself that you know you’re supposed to be doing what you’re doing.”
Check out the video: