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Exclusive: Hear Melody Gardot's Bright 'Morning Sun' From Upcoming 'Currency of Man' Album

Melody Gardot
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Melody Gardot

The lullaby-like sound of singer/songwriter Melody Gardot's mellow new single "Morning Sun" makes a lot of sense when you find out her inspiration for the writing the track: the birth of her guitarist's first son.

"We called it, amongst ourselves, 'Ezra's Song,' (in honor of the baby) as the song was finished at the same moment we received the news his son had arrived into the world, Gardot tells Billboard. "Literally, I had just finished the last chords and a message came through: 'Ezra has arrived!' It's a kind of spiritual, talking about life, the beauty of the world and how the universe is waiting with open arms to receive all the dreams, hopes and desires of every young child." Though Gardot "wasn't convinced from the beginning that it would make the cut," now she "can't see the album without it."

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The soulful, inspirational song comes courtesy of Gardot's upcoming record Currency of Man, an album that she says is "less personal, and more observatory." Analog recording and production courtesy of Joni Mitchell and Madeleine Peyroux collaborator Larry Klein give it a classic, timeless feel, showcasing the singer's sultry, approachable voice.

"It's not about love, it's not about desire, it's not about fantasy," says Gardot of her fourth studio album. "It's about life, and the people living it -- right now." 

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One of the other singles from Currency of Man, "Preacherman," inspired an evocative video dedicated to the memory of Emmett Till. Gardot wrote the song as a tribute to recent victims like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin. As she told the Wall Street Journal, "How long do we continue to repeat our mistakes before we learn from them enough to know not to continue in the same senseless manner?"

100 percent of the song's income from Vevo views will go to the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation. Gardot tells Billboard, "It's just incredible to be working alongside with the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, sharing the story of his life."

Currency of Man is out June 5 on Verve/Decca -- pre-order the album here.

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