Exclusive: Hemming Premieres 'Vitamins,' A Song That Made Linda Perry Cry

Hemmings, 2014
Linda Perry

Linda Perry has worked with Pink, Gwen Stefani, the Dixie Chicks, Sugababes, and Courtney Love -- in short, she knows a good track when she hears one. Today Billboard is premiering "Vitamins" by Hemming, an artist Perry discovered on her reality TV show Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project. Check out the song below.

Perry came upon Hemming -- real name Candice Martello -- by accident. "When looking for artists for Make Or Break, a band called Omar caught my attention," she tells Billboard. But her initial excitement about the group wore off. "Six days into it I was like, 'Linda, why are you holding onto Omar? They're just a cool little alternative band that really isn't gonna evolve.' The day Omar had a session with me and I asked Candice if she could play me one of her solo songs."

Once she started playing, Perry's reaction was powerful and immediate: "My body flushed as if I had shot Niacin into my veins, I held back the tears, kept composed and said to myself, 'Holy fucking shit you just found Jimmy Hoffa!'"

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The song Hemming played was 'Vitamins,' a sparse, finger-picked ballad. Hemming is accompanied by guitar and light percussion, which gives her distinct voice plenty of space to roam. The track starts with a bang, as Hemming sings, "Swallow me whole without even thinking." Her voice curls and twists, but it also maintains grit and texture.

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"This song is really important to me," Hemming says. "Contrary to its title, ['Vitamins'] is not actually about taking your daily vitamin, though that is what I like to tell people. It's a metaphor for relying on other things to make you happy." Throughout the song, she asks, "Do you think I'll make you feel better?"

Obviously, Perry felt pretty good.


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