Ten-time nominated-two-time Grammy Award winner H.E.R. – aka California-born R&B singer/songwriter Gabriella Wilson brings reggae vibes and nostalgia with brand new song “Do To Me” out now through RCA Records/Sony Music. Following the success of her chart-topping Skip Marley-featuring single “Slow Down”– which showed off her dancehall influences,– her recent collaboration with Jhené Aiko on “B.S.,” and stripped back, acoustic offering “Comfortable,” she once again showcases her sonic diversity on this latest single.
On the simple yet sonically layered “Do To Me”, H.E.R. she sings about hypnotic love that pulls you towards it. She croons in her husky but strong vocals, “Why, why you make me so blind? / Just looking in your eyes, you / Took my soul for a ride, ride/ How, how you make me fall down? / Tripping over the sound of / You loving me so loud, loud, before launching into a catchy chorus “Do to me, do to me, do to me, do to me, yeah,” which makes for a perfect singalong.
Groovy and setting listeners dancing, Wilson’s brilliant vocals cut through the summery soundscape of “Do To Me” which draws from Chaka Demus & Pliers’ “Murder She Wrote. This new reggae-inspired slice of music from the songstress – which features a sample of Sister Nancy’s iconic 1982 offering “Bam Bam” – comes after she shifted her focus to much–needed social justice on her recent single, the bold track “I Can’t Breathe,” written in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black lives lost to police brutality, which she debuted live on Juneteenth at The Roots Picnic, following it up later with a video.
With an expansive musicality and compact songwriting, H.E.R reproves her impressive range as an artist. While there’s no news on if any of these new releases including “Do To Me” will be part of her upcoming debut album– about which there hasn’t been much news– one thing’s for sure there’s more music on the horizon to be excited about.