Bri Babineaux is Back with Her New Song in Two Years "I Will Wait"

Bri Babineaux

After a two-year recording hiatus, Bri Babineaux has re-emerged with "I Will Wait," a slick urban inspirational cut that aims to position her alongside R&B divas with a spiritual side such as H.E.R. and Queen Naija.

"I think one of things that excites me most about this song is that it's different from anything I've ever done," Babineaux confesses. "I'm stepping out of the worship box and into a more R&B/Urban pocket. I honesty wanted to show my supporters a different side of me and to also show them I can literally sing anything." 

The track is punctuated by acoustic piano, warm bass tones, and pounding drum pattern.  Babineaux's raspy alto floats over the melody like clouds in the sky, elevating this track as the most marketable song in her seven-year recording catalogue yet.

Babineaux called upon super-songwriter Makeba Riddick-Woods who co-wrote platinum hits such as "Rude Boy" for Rihanna and "Déjà vu" for Beyoncé. "My goal in writing songs on the gospel side has always been to broaden the audience and reach a demographic outside of  traditional gospel," Riddick-Woods says. "I've found that my writing style reaches people that don't traditionally listen to faith-based music. Getting the good news of God into the hearts of people from all walks of life is the biggest goal. Since 'I Will Wait' leans more urban/ inspirational, I believe this song is going to expand Bri's audience." 

Babineaux is widely recognized for her work in Gospel music. Kanye West sampled Bri Babineaux's urgent vocals on "Lord, I Need You" from his 2021 Donda set. Before that, megastars such as Rihanna and Drake praised the raw, acapella gospel songs that she once sang from a Louisiana sofa to the delight of millions of online viewers. Since her 2015 commercial debut, she's racked up 100 million digital streams for praise anthems "Make Me Over" and "He's My Rock." The latter topped Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart in 2021. 

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