Grace Joyner's new song, "Lioness,” is a little bit like a ‘50s dance tune infused with her signature melancholic timbre. | Photo by Kevin Hanley

Local alternative artist Grace Joyner just dropped her newest single “Lioness.”

On the heels of the stripped back, synth organ ballad, “Vampira,” that Joyner released in January this year, “Lioness,” is a little bit like a ‘50s dance tune infused with her signature melancholic timbre. 

Over a low end baritone guitar line, Joyner’s lyrics don’t hold back: “Guess that my existence makes it difficult for you to cope with what you’ve done in your life. Well I will not apologize or lower my accomplishments to put you at ease by my side.”

Joyner’s inspiration for “Lioness” came from a past relationship that ended. Her decision to love that person didn’t necessarily end when the relationship did. Her nature was to carry on being kind even if the energy didn’t align, and she wasn’t going to allow negativity to change that.  

“I like to think it’s sort of like a feminist song — sometimes people come into your life and for whatever reason your whole existence challenges them,” Joyner told City Paper. “It’s meant to be like: I’m taking my power back in this dynamic, and I’m not going to let someone else’s bullshit lower me.”

The new tune was recorded at the local studio, The Space, with Joyner on keys and Scott Dence on guitar accompanied by Wolfgang Zimmerman on drums and guitar.

“With the vocal delivery, I intentionally did the ghost background falsetto melody in some of the parts and then the rest of the lyrics are a little bit more strong. And that’s a take on the dichotomy of feeling soft and in love but also taking your power back, too. There’s many sides to everybody.”


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