Trans soul singer Shea Diamond shared her stirring, stripped-down rendition Don McLean's “American Pie” -- the lead cut from her debut EP Seen It All, helmed by producer/songwriter-to-the-stars Justin Tranter.
“I want things to change since we’ve been stuck thinking in an antique mindset and it’s time for something new,” she tells Billboard. “Who’s going to say what I want is not a need? We all can have a slice American Pie.”
Recorded in an empty room, Shea sways, chandelier overhead, as a single guitarist accompanies her with a sweet, falsetto harmony. The hollow percussion and the electric piano the anthemic original are swapped for a lonesome guitar. In this light, Diamond’s voice is given its natural patina, amplifying the emotional wallop the song’s message triumph and liberation.
Seen It All is out now on Asylum Records.
Watch the sublime acoustic version “American Pie” below: