Kelly Donnelly is changing the way we see the world - and ourselves - through music
A music video for the song ‘I Am She’ has recently gone viral, and it’s easy to see why
Kelly Donnelly, the woman behind ‘A Girl Called She,’ wants to create music that is empowering and inspiring and, quite frankly, world changing. A Girl Called She’s debut single, ‘I Am She,’ was released on October 30th and since then, the music video has received over 3 million views on Facebook and over 153,000 views on YouTube. The video was released as an “unblockable” video, meaning that even certain countries that very heavily censor what citizens can watch were given access to the video. The Sitch had the opportunity to chat with Donnelly and learn a little more about the inspiration behind both the song and its stunning music video. The song was written by Donnelly and Joe Janiak and the video was directed by Stevie Russell.
Donnelly had just given birth to her son, Wilde, and was looking for an opportunity to celebrate women and motherhood in music. She wasn’t able to find any music out there that truly celebrated women, so she decided to write a song that did just that. The inspiration for ‘I Am She’ came from being pregnant and giving birth to new life. When it comes to giving birth, the general mindset is that women have children and then get on with their every day lives as if nothing happened. Donnelly says that this is ridiculous because “we literally create life and then just go on with it.” Donnelly felt that this female strength of bringing new life into the world deserved to be sung about and celebrated. But the song isn’t just for mothers - it’s for every woman, everywhere. With the #MeToo movement and the TimesUp movement, along with all of the women’s marches there is a real sense of sisterhood going on at the moment and Donnelly wanted to highlight that in her song. She says that “if all women stick together that’s the only way that something is going to happen…together our voices count.”
Throughout the song, the word “warrior” is repeated along with the words, “I Am She.” Donnelly feels like typically the word warrior comes with an image of a strong man, but women can be warriors, too - in fact, women are warriors. In watching the music video, the women show incredible physical strength by carrying bodies on their shoulders, but they also each show an inspiring amount of compassion and inner strength. When asked about what the video means, Donnelly said that everybody who watches it takes something different from it. Her take on it is that these women are carrying men that only see strength as physical and they don’t acknowledge the women’s inner strength. The video is inviting men to be enlightened to see women as the awesome people that they are.
Donnelly wants women who watch her music video to be awakened to “realize our inner powers, our inner strengths, and empowering everybody else. Once we get a place at the table, it doesn’t stop there. It’s our duty now to reach out a hand and help other women to get a seat at the table as well. We’re so used to hearing there’s only one spot left, only one spot available. I think there’s enough room for all of us! There isn’t just one spot at the table.”
There’s no doubt that Donnelly is passionate about preaching sisterhood and female strength. In fact, Donnelly felt so strongly that ‘I Am She’ would be an anthem for all women around the world that she partnered with a censorship circumvention software tool called Lantern in order for her music video to be the first unblockable music video in the world. This opened the door for women in censored regions like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, and Iran to watch the video and feel empowered as well.
As an independent female artist, Donnelly is making some serious waves in the music industry with her song, ‘I Am She.’ We asked what her #1 takeaway would have been if she had seen a video like hers when she was growing up. She said the first thing she would have noticed was that the video featured women of all different colors and shapes. Secondly, she feels that “to be told that you are a warrior and that you hold the power and you’ve got the light - that would be so empowering. I would feel more empowered and comfortable in my own skin. I am she is definitely about women being warriors. This is dedicated to all the kickass women out there and we all deserve to be called warriors.”
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