Marie co-wrote the song in 2016 when she was just 12, holding her own alongside veteran writer Nathan Chapman. Marie only had three other professional co-writes before stepping in the room with Chapman, spending much of her childhood writing songs solo.
“I definitely felt the pressure,” she says of going into the studio and approaching the longtime writer with the idea for the song. “I definitely get very nervous, but you have to grow from that. You have to open yourself up to these people and tell them how you’re feeling, what you like, what you don’t, and I’ve learned a lot about being comfortable with other people.” A phrase that comes up more than once when talking to Marie is “girl power,” a message she hopes translates to her fanbase through the track that serves as her second single.
“I wanted to write a song about girl power and sticking up for yourself and taking the high road and being the bigger person,” she says of the origin of her latest single. “My whole life I’ve grown up with a lot of different people and knowing that girls can basically do the same things as boys can. Being with Sweety High really made me think of girl power and empowerment and being true to yourself and being who you want to be.”
Though just 14, Marie exhibits a sincere sense of self-assurance in the song’s lyrics, knowing that she’s able to stand up for herself when someone betrays her trust. “Do what you gotta do / My mascara’s waterproof / Say what you gotta say / No black lines running down my face,” she proclaims in one of her favorite lines in the song, knowing her fans will connect with the message.
Marie plans to carry this confidence over into the music video, which serves as an homage to Elvis Presley, re-imagining the classic 1968 TV special Singer Presents…ELVIS. The singer’s manager Veronica Zelle calls her a “reincarnation” of the legendary star, saying they both embody a “life force” quality that make them ultimate entertainers.
“Elvis was the boy who made all the girls cry, so we’re going to flip the script and make it to where I’m the one making all the boys cry,” describes Marie, who will be donning a recreation of his signature white getup in the video. “The thing that I love about this is that it’s not about being mean, it’s not about hurting anybody. When you see her sing the song, it’s really just about lifting girls up,” says Zelle. “It’s more of a movement. “It’s powerful,” adds Marie. “It is a girl power anthem.”