The Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter, activist and actress Andra Day unveils an impassioned cover of Billie Holiday’s ‘All of Me’. It lights the torch for a multitude of musical surprises Andra has on the way ahead of her starring role in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’, a biopic focusing on the late singer, which will be released in the UK on March 12th. ‘All Of Me’ is out now on Warner Records, and will feature on the film’s soundtrack.
‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’, in which Andra makes her feature-acting debut as Holiday, will shed light on the innovative vocalist’s embattled years as a target of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. The unit sought to imprison Holiday on drug charges, a retaliatory action given her dedication to singing highly politicized songs like ‘Strange Fruit’ and her efforts to integrate her audiences. Andra stars alongside ‘Moonlight’ lead Trevante Rhodes in the film, which was directed by Lee Daniels and written by Suzan-Lori Parks.
‘All of Me’ kicks-off a busy 2021 for Andra. She will be honoured at the Critics’ Choice Association’s third annual Celebration of Black Cinema on February 2nd for her work in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’, and she’s on the cover of V Magazine. Already receiving an outpouring of critical acclaim, the film appears in TIME Magazine’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2021 list, and Andra Day is featured in Variety Magazine’s 2021 Oscars predictions for Best Actress.
The three-time Grammy nominee Andra Day is best known for her 2016 Grammy-nominated behemoth ‘Rise Up’, which has amassed a billion streams and reached RIAA triple-Platinum certification. She gas shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder and the Obamas to Nick Jonas and Alicia Keys. Working with GiveDirectly, Andra recently released ‘Make Your Troubles Go Away’ to fight COVID-19.
‘The United States Vs. Billie Holiday’ synopsis:
The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad ‘Strange Fruit’.
Led by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement. NAACP Image Award nominee Trevante Rhodes and Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell and Erik LaRay Harvey.