10 episodes

Join Danyel Smith as she celebrates and uplifts the talents of Black Women in the music industry - songwriters, producers, executives and more. This is the space where the musical creativity and genius of Black women comes first. On Black Girl Songbook, you will hear the music of Black woman and stories from Danyel citing her decades of life experience, music, love and beyond. More importantly, you will hear and feel, Black women getting the credit they deserve.

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    • 4.9 • 73 Ratings

Join Danyel Smith as she celebrates and uplifts the talents of Black Women in the music industry - songwriters, producers, executives and more. This is the space where the musical creativity and genius of Black women comes first. On Black Girl Songbook, you will hear the music of Black woman and stories from Danyel citing her decades of life experience, music, love and beyond. More importantly, you will hear and feel, Black women getting the credit they deserve.

    Day Dreaming on Aretha Franklin’s 80th Birthday | Chapter 26

    Day Dreaming on Aretha Franklin’s 80th Birthday | Chapter 26

    Danyel Smith is bringing in the Season 3 premiere of ‘Black Girl Songbook’ by celebrating what would be the incomparable Aretha Franklin’s 80th birthday! Not only does she talk about Aretha’s iconic voice and music, but Danyel also walks us through a day dream of sorts— from Aretha’s girlhood and deep, deep relationship with her mother, Barbara, through Aretha’s womanhood and adult life. Plus, Danyel talks about Aretha’s persistent influence on artists and music.

    Host: Danyel Smith
    Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
    Guest Booking: Allyson Turner
    Story Consultant: Taj Rani
    Sound Design: DJ Steve Porter
    Production Supervision: Juliet Litman, Chelsea Stark Jones
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    • 45 min
    Donna Summer Deserves | Chapter 27

    Donna Summer Deserves | Chapter 27

    This week, host Danyel Smith celebrates the enchanted, soulful voice of Donna Summer and her undeniable contribution to music as inventor of disco and shining pop star. Danyel walks us through the trials and tribulations that Donna endured as she continued to be a creative force in the music world even though American culture attempted to kill a genre she stood at the forefront of.

    Host: Danyel Smith
    Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
    Guest Booking: Allyson Turner
    Story Consultant: Taj Rani
    Sound Design: DJ Steve Porter
    Production Supervision: Juliet Litman, Chelsea Stark Jones
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    • 42 min
    Billie Holiday’s Love Is Here to Stay | Chapter 28

    Billie Holiday’s Love Is Here to Stay | Chapter 28

    On this episode of ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ host Danyel Smith is reclaiming the sultry sound of jazz by celebrating the life, impact, and influence of Billie Holiday’s music that shows up in notes from our favorite artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Diana Ross, among others. Plus, Danyel speaks about “male groupies” and Billie Holiday’s husband, Louis McKay, making a gross attempt at rewriting his part in history as a hero in Holiday’s biopic 'Lady Sings the Blues.'

    Host: Danyel Smith
    Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
    Guest Booking: Allyson Turner
    Story Consultant: Taj Rani
    Sound Design: DJ Steve Porter
    Production Supervision: Juliet Litman, Chelsea Stark Jones
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    • 56 min
    Let’s Hear It For The Boys | Chapter 29

    Let’s Hear It For The Boys | Chapter 29

    This is still your ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ but this week we’re taking a page out of Deniece Williams' book and Hearing It For The Boy -- or in this case, The Boys. In this episode, Danyel Smith talks about the genius of Deniece Williams' music and her timeless sound. Plus, story consultant Taj Rani joins Danyel in conversation about some of Danyel’s favorite male artists, their hits, and contributions to music.

    Host: Danyel Smith
    Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
    Guest Booking: Allyson Turner
    Story Consultant: Taj Rani
    Sound Design: DJ Steve Porter
    Production Supervision: Juliet Litman, Chelsea Stark Jones
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Shine Bright Celebration | Chapter 30

    Shine Bright Celebration | Chapter 30

    This week, the ‘Black Girl Songbook’ community celebrates the release of host Danyel Smith’s new book, ‘Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop’! She is joined by colleague, longtime friend, and host of ‘Jemele Hill Is Unbothered’ Jemele Hill for a deeply emotional conversation about the creative process of book writing. Also, Danyel is joined by her husband, Elliott Wilson, fellow music creative, host of ‘Rap Radar Podcast,’ and chief content officer of Tidal, who talks about having a front-row seat to the making of ‘Shine Bright’ and Danyel’s growth throughout the process. Plus, the ‘Black Girl Songbook’ production team joins the show to weigh in on the momentous occasion.

    Host: Danyel Smith
    Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
    Guest Booking: Allyson Turner
    Story Consultant: Taj Rani
    Sound Design: DJ Steve Porter
    Production Supervision: Juliet Litman, Chelsea Stark Jones
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    • 2 hr 3 min
    Alpha Girl: Ella Mai | Chapter 31

    Alpha Girl: Ella Mai | Chapter 31

    On this episode of ‘Black Girl Songbook,’ host Danyel Smith is joined by sultry and soulful songstress and fellow Alpha Girl, Ella Mai, to celebrate the release of her sophomore album ‘Heart on My Sleeve.’ Ella Mai takes us through her journey as an artist, from sitting in her room in London releasing music via her social media pages through the moment her hit song ‘Boo’d Up’ broke wide open, to penning this latest project. She talks her deep affinity for Mary J. Blige and Mary’s influence on her as an artist, particularly as it relates to this album. Plus, Ella talks about what it was like working with the legendary Kirk Franklin and what it means to have his feature on the album.

    Host: Danyel Smith
    Guest: Ella Mai
    Producers: Trudy Joseph and Donnie Beacham
    Guest Booking: Allyson Turner
    Story Consultant: Taj Rani
    Sound Design: DJ Steve Porter
    Production Supervision: Juliet Litman, Chelsea Stark Jones
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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

micah_clink ,

Incredibly thoughtful and widely entertaining

This podcast takes you on a journey - delivering snippets of your favorite songs and providing thought-provoking and insightful commentary on all of your faves! Such a well-done pod

GotJinks ,

Incredible

Such a good show! Fan since the beginning!! Danyel is a star.

shoeljwjehe ,

Meaningful conversation w a very smart, dear friend

Each episode is a treasure of research and love.

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