Amanda Shires is asking ordinary women to join her on the music video “Our Problem.” The country star wants an every-day authenticity to the track.
“Our Problem,” like last fall’s “My Problem,” is in support of Roe vs Wade.
Female singers with powerful voices joined Shires for the track. They include Cyndi Lauper, Morgane Stapleton, Angie Stone, Linda Perry, K.Flay, Nona Hendryx, Peaches, Valerie June and Lilly Hiatt. Shires’ husband, Jason Isbell, is on guitar. Sheryl Crow plays the bass.
The song last fall was a duet with Shires and Isbell. Shires released “Our Problem” late last week to coincide with the 48th anniversary of Roe v Wade, which gave women the right to have an abortion.
On Monday, Shires posted on Instagram: “Hey everyone! I need your help. “Our Problem” is out now. A bunch of very cool women have joined me on the song – in strength, support, and solidarity – to record this all-female version of “The Problem.”
“I need your help to make a video for the song. If you’re interested in being a part of it, please send me a video of you – either alone or maybe grab some friends – lip syncing to Our Problem. Then I’ll take everyone’s video and chop it up to make a video for the full song. “
Amanda Shires Says Song Is About “Support”
Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell performed “My Problem” on the “Tonight Show” three days ago. Shires was wearing a “My Body, My Choice” shirt during the performance.
Shires told “Rolling Stone” last fall that she envisioned the song not taking a side, but opening a discussion about abortion.
“The subject isn’t talked about enough,” Shires said. “When you’re trying to make a tough decision, you need a lot of support. Wherever you get that support — whether in a relationship or friends — no matter what you believe, you can believe to support somebody through something hard.”
Song Is About Teenager Named Katie
The song talks of a girl named Katie White. She was 18. Shires doesn’t specifically mention abortion in the song. Here’s a sampling of the lyrics:
“What do you want to do? I’m scared to even say the truth. This has been the hardest year. Is it even legal here? I’m trying not to think of names. Will you look at me the same?
“Do you need the reasons why? Is a chrysalis a butterfly? And all I could think to say, was everything’s gonna be okay. It’s gonna be alright. I’m on your side. I’m on your side.”
Shires is a Grammy-award winning artist. She also is a founder of The Highwaywomen, the all-female supergroup. Others in the group are Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Maren Morris.