~~May 20, 2014~~
“True Colors” is a song written by songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It was both the title track and the first single released from Cyndi Lauper‘s second album. It was the only original song on the album that Lauper did not help write.
“True Colors” spent two weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the last single from Lauper to occupy the top of the chart. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Billy Steinberg originally wrote “True Colors” about his own mother. Tom Kelly altered the first verse and the duo originally submitted the song to Anne Murray, who passed, and then to Cyndi Lauper. Their demo was in a form of piano based gospel ballad like “Bridge over Troubled Water“. Steinberg told Songfacts that “Cyndi completely dismantled that sort of traditional arrangement and came up with something that was breathtaking and stark.” Other songs they wrote for Cyndi Lauper include “I Drove All Night” and “Unconditional Love”, of which the former went on to be covered by Celine Dion, the latter by Susanna Hoffs.
“True Colors” also became a standard in the gay community.
In various interviews, Cyndi elaborated that the song had resonated with her because of the recent death of her friend, Gregory Natal, from HIV/AIDS. While not directly promoted as a song defending LGBT rights, Cindy is pleased that her song was adopted by that community. Years later, Cindy Lauper co-founded the True Colors Fund, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating LGBT youth homelessness.
A choral version of the song was used in a series of TV commercials advertising a variety of Kodak‘s color photographic film products.
Lauper embarked on a True Colors Tour in 2007 with several other acts including Deborah Harry and Erasure. The tour was for the Human Rights Campaign to promote human rights in the US and beyond. A second True Colors tour occurred in 2008.
~~Phil Collins version~~
|Single by Phil Collins|
|from the album …Hits|
|B-side||Don’t Lose My Number
Take Me Home
|Released||26 October 1998|
|Genre||Pop, smooth jazz|
|Label||Atlantic, Virgin, WEA|
|Writer(s)||Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg|
|Producer(s)||Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds|
|Phil Collins singles chronology|
In 1998, the song was covered by Phil Collins for his compilation album … Hits. The version was a smooth-jazz-influenced version compared to the original. R&B singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds produced and provided backing vocals.
In 2004, a live rehearsal version was released on Collins’ Love Songs: A Compilation … Old and New album.
~~True Colors w/ lyrics – Cyndi Lauper~~
“True Colors” is a song written by songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly.
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You are perfect the way you are ….
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