Songwriter Stacy Barthe is ready to bring her flair to the industry with a new music movement called “Nouveau Noir.” Along with fellow artists Elle Varner, Miguel and Luke James, the term, which was coined by Elle and Stacy, is all about “the new Black Renaissance.” “It’s the new wave of Black music,” Stacy said.
The Brooklyn-born singer has penned songs for artists such as Rihanna, Britney Spears, Melanie Fiona and Katy Perry, and now she is set to make her vocal debut.
The singer attended St. John’s University and always knew she would find a career in music. In 2007, she signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group and quickly began writing songs, including one of her most popular, Rihanna’s “Cheers.”
After writing for others for so long, Stacy decided it was time for her to do the singing. It wasn’t long before she found her voice. “If I got to do this for free, I’m going to do it for me,” she said. “Nobody’s going to sing my song the way I’m going to sing it.”
Her most recent work, “P.S. I Love You,” expresses a complex range of emotions. “I went from being hurt on ‘Sincerely Yours” to still being hurt on ‘In the Inbetween,’ and now finding peace within myself. And it’s not just ‘P.S. I Love You,’ whoever you is, it’s P.S., I love myself.”
The soulful artist believes her music can resonate universally. “I’m everyone. I feel like [my songs] are relatable because with every woman and every man, the common denominators are feeling and having a heart. We all hurt and we all love.”