One of Beyoncé’s backup singers is getting her own moment in the spotlight. Montina Cooper is one of three singers in the world renowned backup group, The Mamas, and has performed with Queen Bey for almost ten years; she’s also an unsung hero behind the scenes—the woman the industry’s heavy hitters call when they need an expert in the business.
Yet while the world sees her as a career queen with achievements many only dream of (it was Cooper who arranged “The National Anthem” as sung by Destiny’s Child at the 2006 All Star Game as their last collective performance, and her vocal production has been featured on recordings like the motion picture soundtrack for Hitch and Kelly Rowland’s Ms. Kelly album), Cooper’s latest song, “You Saved Me”, is a vulnerable window into the realities of her life and a long, slow journey toward healing. _“I watched my father drive away from us when I was 12.
He was addicted to drugs and took everything we had… that was the beginning of my battle with depression and food addiction. I went from a normal kid to being overweight and so depressed, and by the time I turned 18 I tried to end my life. I had taken so many pills and was lying on the couch, waiting, when my phone rang and it was my friend.
She said I called her, but I hadn’t. We both thought the other one had called us. That phone call saved my life. She immediately knew something was wrong and called 911. Even at the hospital I barely survived… they didn’t think I would make it. But God saved me. It’s been a long road of wondering why I’m here and why God saw fit to take me out of a bad situation, but I want to share what I’ve been through. He saved me, and I need to do what I can to help others see their value, too.”_ “You Saved Me” (from Cooper’s forthcoming album, Closer), captures the raw emotional power of Cooper’s experience, and is the first of many powerful songs to come from her new album.
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