After All

by Zuri Star

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This song was originally on my second album which never released due to a bad deal with a label. It was one of my favorite songs on that project and I decided it had to be on the third album late in the recording stages.

So, we set out to re-record this song thinking it would be easy. BUT it wasn’t right. It felt old, it felt dirty, it felt like it was cloaked with ugliness and shame from a bad phase of my life.. it felt depressing instead of uplifting.. But it wasn’t just me, Mike also didn’t like it. It felt like a dying animal stinking up the studio and reminding us of a time that we didn't like. We shared lip curled expressions while we tinkered with it session after session. While sitting in the studio after redoing drums and guitar and strings and piano for the fifth time I said.. “maybe we should change the tempo? Speed it up a bit and make it have more movement.” We did that and liked it. So we re-recorded vocals, backup vocals, guitar, drums, piano, strings and reprogrammed… and love was the answer to all of that extra work. (Thanks Mike) and then magic happened and once again it felt hopeful, soulful, loving, and yummy. It REALLY is a beautiful world.. no matter what the circumstances and no matter how much work you have to do on your craft.

The best part of this story is, I’m still doing music and loving every second of it. After all this is what I was supposed to be doing with my life no matter what anyone says. This song was co-written with Mike K, Tommy Lee James and Lindy Robbins.

I decided to release this as the next single from the album due to the overwhelming amount of "bad news" and turmoil our world seems to be in. My aim in releasing this song on Valentine's Day is to remind people that LOVE is always the answer and I hope it unifies us all in that spirit. Together we are so powerful, it's time to return to love.

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After All

All our hopes and dreams been crashing down
Don’t know what we’ve got into now
Sometimes it all just seems to be too much
But I don’t ever feel like giving up

When you’re here with me
I know what really matters
And I believe
Love is still the answer
Cause when you’re safe inside my arms
I don’t care how hard the cold rain falls
It’s a beautiful world
After all

Put the paper down come over here
We can make the headlines disappear
All I need to do is breathe you in
Until the madness melts away again

When you’re here with me
I know what really matters
And I believe
Love is still the answer
Cause when you’re safe inside my arms
I don’t care how hard the cold rain falls
It’s a beautiful world
After all

After all that we’ve been through
It’s only made us stronger
And every time you smile I know it’s true
It’s a beautiful world
After all

credits

released February 14, 2017
Written by Tommy Lee James, Lindy Robbins, Mike Krompass
Produced by Mike Krompass
Executive Producers Mike Krompass and Zuri Star

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