On “Eartha” Jamila Woods Is Uncompromising In Her Self Love

A new release from Jamila Woods is always sure to catch my ear and win over my heart. The Chicago based singer/songwriter has continued her long run of releasing thoughtful and beautiful singles ahead of her upcoming album Legacy! Legacy! out May 10th via Closed Sessions and Jagjaguar. On “Eartha” she begins by talking about how she outgrew her insecurities about her smile and wonders if she has also outgrown “you”. She continues by going into the chorus which lays out the theme for the rest of the song, “I don’t wanna compromise/Can we make it through the night?/I’m trying to see eye to eye, but you look right over me/Your bird stuck on repeat/And I’m tired of you.” Then she goes into a mantra that anyone who has left a relationship can relate to, repeating “How many times do I sit and listen to you, I don’t know why I keep sitting and listening to you.” The song moves effortlessly from one point to the next with the production changing parallel to the themes.

As for the origin of the title? Jamila says, “Who gonna share my love for me with me?’ These are the thoughts that play in your head after an argument with your partner. These are the pages you write in your journal the next morning. This is everything you wish you could have said, or everything you’ve said a million times without it being heard. The moment you realize you are worthy of more. Inspired by the badass spirit and wisdom of Eartha Kitt.”



Woods also just announced a national tour making stops in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Los Angeles, a home town Chicago show and more. Check full dates to that below.

5/22/19  – St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club
5/24/19  – Detroit, MI @ El Club
5/26/19  – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
5/28/19  – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – Cleveland, Cambridge Room
5/29/19  – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
5/31/19 –  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
6/1/19  –   Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/3/19   –  Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
6/4/19  –  Washington, DC @ Union Stage
6/6/19  –  Raleigh, NC @ Kings
6/7/19  –  Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Hell Stage
6/8/19  –  New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
6/10/19 – Houston, TX @ The Studio At Warehouse Live
6/11/19 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
6/12/19 – Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co.
6/15/19 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
6/17/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
6/18/19 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
6/19/19 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
6/21/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
6/22/19 – San Fransisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
6/23/19 – Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone Brewery
6/25/19 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
6/26/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
6/27/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Stephen Kaplan