Bebe Rexha's "Miracle" Journey to the Music Video – Songland 2020
-I’ve always dreamt of living in LA and being around the music scene and being available, and my wife, Sarah, said, “You need to pursue this dream This is meant for you.” It’s that journey that inspired this song ♪♪ No, it don’t take a miracle Miracle is about working hard, perseverance ♪♪ No, nothing is impossible never giving up, and basically taking a chance on life I’m a huge fan of Bebe She’s up there, man Bebe is pop, and I really think that this song and its message could work for her And the heart and soul of the song says everything about the Olympics I hope my wife and kids are proud, just proud of how far we’ve come, you know, because it takes a lot of work so ♪♪♪♪ -Hi -Come on, now -Hi -Hi -Hi -Oh, my gosh I’m gonna lose my mind right now -Because Bebe Rexha is right there -I know. Bebe Rexha’s here It’s crazy! -So what’s your name? Where are you from? -My name is Greg Scott I’m from Chico, California -What song did you bring today -I wrote a song called “Miracle,” and it’s actually inspired by my journey to come down here and take a chance on life My wife encouraged me to come down She told me, “Leave with or without me And I asked her to marry me And that was our going away party was moving to LA -Oh, I love that -Let’s hear “Miracle.” ♪♪♪♪ -♪♪ I’ve been lost, and I’ve been through hell ♪ ♪♪ But I climbed myself up from the bottom of the well. ♪ ♪♪ Take a leap, took a shot take a chance ♪♪ ♪♪ Headed straight to the top try to catch me if you can ♪ ♪♪ No more waking up in the middle of the night ♪ ♪♪ I ain’t losing sleep with this ♪♪ ♪♪ ‘Cause I got bigger dream than this ♪♪ ♪♪ No more holding back ♪♪ ♪♪ Got to hustle, out of time ♪♪ We get what we make of it ♪♪ No, it don’t take a miracle ♪♪ No, nothing is impossible -Oh, yeah -♪♪ Hey ♪♪ ♪♪ We got to keep the fire ♪♪ Check back through the fire ♪♪ Get ’em up with everything that you got ♪♪ ♪♪ No, it don’t take a miracle -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ ♪♪♪♪ -♪♪ No more slipping back ♪♪ I won’t sit, I’m on fire ♪♪ You know I ain’t new to this ♪♪ I got juice that never quits ♪♪ No more holding back ♪♪ ♪♪ Got to hustle, out of time -Yeah -♪♪ We get what we make of it ♪♪ No, it don’t take a miracle ♪♪ A miracle ♪♪ -♪♪ A miracle ♪♪ -♪♪ No, we don’t need a miracle -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ -Yeah -♪♪ Oh, hey ♪♪ [ Music ends ] Well, that’s awesome [ Chuckles ] -That chorus is A-plus -Yes! -♪♪ No, we don’t need a miracle -Yeah -Yeah. I was, like, hoping he jumps the octave and goes something like, ♪♪ Da-da-da ♪♪ And you went there And I turn and I looked at Bebe, and Shane, I just went, “Thank God.” -So good -Yeah -But you know, Greg, the reason that happened for all of us is probably one of the problem with the song, and that is the verse just didn’t feel current? -Mm -Yeah. The melodies, everything, I would completely ex that and start from scratch -Awesome. Okay But the one thing that I think is incredible is the hook -Yeah -So you have the foundation of the song -Yeah -Can you sing that melody of the hook real quick? -One, two, three ♪♪ No, it don’t take a miracle -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ ♪♪♪♪ -♪♪ No, nothing is impossible -♪♪ Impossible ♪♪ Like, I can see it going, ♪♪ It don’t take a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ I’m jumping through the fire and a da-nah ♪♪ [ Scatting ] ♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ -All right, so you go — ♪♪ No, it don’t take a miracle -I want to hear “miracle” twice -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ Ah, jump through the fire -[ Humming ] -[ Humming ] -♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ -♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ -Oh, I love that -♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ -♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ -Yeah. Yeah ♪♪ ‘Cause we don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ -And then! And then, ready Let’s go! -♪♪ No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ -Yes! -♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Ooooooo-oooh! ♪♪ -Go, Bebe, go! [ Laughs ] [ Applause ] -Thank you, Greg -Thank you so much, Greg We had so much fun! -Thank you! That was amazing -Thanks, y’all -♪♪ We don’t need a miracle ♪♪ Miracle, walk through the fire ♪♪ -The devil is a liar. Right? -♪♪ The devil is a liar ♪♪
-[ Laughs ] -They totally dissected my son in the most positive way I couldn’t ask for more -What’s up, Songland?! ♪♪ No, we don’t need a miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ The devil is a liar, he’s a liar ♪♪ ♪♪ No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ [ Muffled singing in distance -Whoo! Yeah! That’s crazy. She’s totally singing it right now Oh, my gosh -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ -[ Laughs ] Yeah! -Whoo! -Yes! [ Laughs ] -♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ ♪♪♪♪ -I’m Anna Graceman, I’m 20 years old, and I’m from Juneau, Alaska -I started playing piano at 4 years old and I wrote my first song at 6 But, you know, people would think, oh, it’s about rainbows and butterflies because you’re only 6 You have no life experience But the song was called “So I Cried.” And it was telling a story of a family member losing a loved one that I had heard about I realized even at that young age, people didn’t take me seriously And so it was kind of just up to the music and my songs to really say “Hey, I’m serious about this.” ♪♪ Going for the Gold ♪♪ ♪♪ Print my name in bold ♪♪ The song that I wrote is called “Gold.” If I were to hear my song being played during the Tokyo Games, I know Bebe would just kill it -Hi -Hello -This is Bebe Rexha Are you excited? -I know. I’m so excited -I’m excited to hear you -Thank you -What’s the song you brought today? Tell us about it -It’s called Gold I’ve faced a lot of struggle just being a songwriter You hear no a lot -What? -What? -No, they don’t They say yes all the time -You guys don’t know anything about that It’s kind of just talking about getting back up again when you fall and chasing a dream -Well, let’s hear it -♪♪ I’ve walked this road so many times ♪♪ ♪♪ And it keeps trying to trip me up ♪♪ ♪♪ But I won’t settle like the dust ♪♪ ♪♪ Can’t keep me down ♪♪ -Ooh -♪♪ I’ve got a fire that come alive ♪♪ ♪♪ When they say I ain’t good enough ♪♪ ♪♪ Oh, I can’t wait to prove ’em wrong ♪♪ ♪♪ Just stick around ♪♪ -Whoo! Okay ♪♪ I’ve got all these eyes on me ♪♪ ♪♪ Sit at the edge of seats ♪♪ I just gotta give my all ♪♪ Going for the gold ♪♪ ♪♪ Print my name in bold ♪♪ ♪♪ Victory is ours ♪♪ ♪♪ I’m going for the gold ♪♪ Break all my bones ♪♪ ♪♪ When I’m going for gold ♪♪ Rising up like a light in the dark ♪♪ ♪♪ Give all my soul ♪♪ ♪♪ ‘Cause I’m going for gold ♪♪ Yeah, it means more when it’s from the heart ♪ ♪♪♪♪ ♪♪ Going for the gold ♪♪ ♪♪ Print my name in bold ♪♪ ♪♪ Victory is ours ♪♪ ♪♪ I’m going for the gold ♪♪ Going for the gold ♪♪ ♪♪ Print my name in bold ♪♪ ♪♪ Victory is ours ♪♪ ♪♪ I’m going for the gold [ Music ends ] -Yes -Yes -Yes. Go for the gold! -Yes, girl The melodies on the verse, the first verse and pre-chorus were so — I love whatever that was. It felt good to me Like, all I know is that when you first started singing I was like, Damn -Yes The hook besides the concept I just kind of didn’t give me that — It didn’t knock me in the face You kind of lost me there -Okay -Feels like it could get bigger for what we’re talking about -Absolutely -To me, the gold, “Going for the gold, victory is ours.” It’s a little on the nose -Okay -You have to arrive at gold differently -What if it was something like “You can push me down You can do this You can do this But don’t count me out.” Like if there was some way to lead to that -Yeah -We definitely need to work on lyrics There’s not a rise here And if we talk about the song for something that’s so anthemic, then we want to bring some energy to it So any more — Do me a favor Can I hear this song with something grimier? -A dirty electric guitar or an organ? -There you go. There you go Now watch this ♪♪♪♪ ♪♪♪♪ -Maybe it should be more like, -[ Vocalizing ] -Right! You know what I mean? -Yeah [ All vocalizing ] -♪♪ I’m going for gold ♪♪
-♪♪ I’m going for the gold ♪♪ Yeah ♪♪ -We can do this all day -Yeah, I know. This song has a lot of potential Thank you for bringing me this song -Thank you. Thank you so much -You’re so special -Oh, my gosh. Thank you [ Applause ] -Yay, Anna! Whoo! Whoo! Whoo -It means so much to hear the positive feedback that they expressed It’s incredible to hear their critiques I just feel so thankful to have had that experience -Yeah -Your pattern will still sing over this. You know? Today, I need to show Anna some of the ideas that I have for a new hook and also making it sound more anthemic, grittier, In looking at the kind of things that Bebe says, every time you said, “gold,” she just couldn’t get around it -Yeah -For her You have that line from your bridge ♪♪ Break all my bones ♪♪ -Yeah -So I think that your hook is bones and that you could switch it to where it has a positive light, like “This is it I can feel it in my bones -That’s awesome The part of the song that we definitely need to nail is the hook You know, it’s the part that should get stuck in everybody’s head And I definitely want Bebe to connect with it [ Both vocalizing ] ♪♪ Print my name in bold ♪♪ ♪♪ Victory is ours, I’m going for the gold ♪♪ -Then we’ll have those — Unh We did use her original chord progression so the chords still feel like the song But when you put heavy drums over ’em and guitars, it starts to take on a new life -♪♪ In my bones ♪♪ -What Bebe resonated with was your chorus We made that — We made that abundantly clear -Yeah, man -So the big issue with this is getting the production right These anthemic songs for thing as lofty as the Olympics, you can get very cliché very quickly So I think that Bebe liked that this wasn’t cliché and it felt authentic I heard this, like, guitar rif carrying the verse Took it a little more rock And it was like this ♪♪♪♪ -Yeah. Yeah The changes right off the back would have to be adding a simpler type of melody so the chorus is what shines ♪♪♪♪ -I want to hear this -And I feel like the melody that Ryan was inspired to do he kind of broke it up in a way that kind of left air and space and people to think and really get into it that way I like how you shortened that Yeah -♪♪ It’s in the blood I bleed It’s in the fire I need -It’s in the blood I bleed it’s in the fire I breathe -Yeah. Do– Ooh, yes! What’s happening? [ Laughter ] -We’re writing! -We just have to go in and continue carving away at the lyrics until every single word feels like it has a place and it’s not there just to fill a syllable And it’s not there just to find a note It’s there to tell a story -♪♪ It’s in the blood I bleed it’s in the fire I breathe ♪ ♪♪ It’s in the [vocalizing my bones ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Vocalizing ] In my bones ♪♪ -That was really, really good -Thank you -Like to be on the spot and come up with a melody like that, gosh -Thank you for -Thank you for inspiring me -…showing up -I know Bebe well. She’s going to care about the track making her feel cool and raw and emotive So I’m changing the production on the track completely And I want it to be acoustic guitar, not electric ♪♪♪♪ I think the song works perfectly for the Tokyo Games -♪♪ O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ -Cool. All right -Killing -We’re in a good place -So killer The song I started with was called “Gold.” It was a piano vocal And now it’s called “Bones.” When I go out there to perform not only am I gonna have instrumentation and production but I’m also gonna have a full-on choir -I’m excited to hear this -Me, too -And we just brought along six of our friends -Right -…to support -♪♪ You break all my bones -Ooh! -♪♪ The voices talk, but I don’t listen ♪♪ ♪♪ Keep ’em locked up in my head ♪♪ ♪♪ ‘Cause everything they’ ever said is just a lie ♪♪ ♪♪ And I might fall, but I won’t settle ♪♪ ♪♪ I won’t revel in the hurt ♪♪ Yeah, I’ve been baptize by the dirt ♪♪ ♪♪ I testify ♪♪ ♪♪ Oh, under the skin you see ♪♪ ♪♪ Under the bittersweet ♪♪ ♪♪ I’ve got a heart that won’t break ♪♪ ♪♪ It’s in the blood I bleed -Whoo!
♪♪ It’s in the fire I breathe ♪♪ And I ain’t never, ever going home ♪♪ ♪♪ I can feel it, feel it ♪♪ Oh, don’t you count me out ♪♪ Until I’m six feet down -Whoo! -♪♪ And I ain’t never, ever going home ♪♪ ♪♪ I can feel it, feel it ♪♪ Oh, in my bones ♪♪ -Aah! -Whoo! -[ Laughs ] -♪♪ Bones ♪♪ -♪♪ Break all my bones ♪♪ -♪♪ Bones ♪♪ -♪♪ Break all my bones ♪♪ -♪♪ Bones ♪♪ -♪♪ Break all my ♪♪ -♪♪ It’s in the blood I bleed ♪♪ It’s in the fire I breathe ♪♪ And I ain’t never, ever going home ♪♪ ♪♪ I can feel it, feel it ♪♪ Oh, don’t you count me out ♪♪ Until I’m six feet down ♪♪ And I ain’t never, ever going home ♪♪ ♪♪ I can feel it, feel it ♪♪ Oh, in my bones ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Yes! -I love it. That melody’s great -That melody is incredible -You would sound amazing singing it -[ Laughs ] -When that hook came in, I felt like if I was in the Olympics, it would push me to go faster, go stronger, like, believe in myself Amazing job -Thank you. Thank you so much -Yes Thank you so much Thank you so much -Oh, my God. Good job -Wow. No wonder why you have so many hits -[ Laughs ] -Look at Ryan He’s getting nervous -Well, I should’ve got a choir -[ Laughs ] -I am about to go present my song The new version really leave space for Bebe to experiment And then when that chorus comes in, it’s just like boom! -We’re going to bring out one of the contestants from season one, Sam DeRosa -Sam! Whoo! [ Chuckles ] -Let’s listen to miracle -Here we go -♪♪ Maybe I love myself ♪♪ ♪♪ Maybe that’s what I came here for ♪♪ ♪♪ Put you back on that shelf ♪♪ Only got room for superstar yeah ♪♪ ♪♪ I been thinking how it hurt so bad ♪♪ ♪♪ I been thinking how I just don’t care ♪♪ ♪♪ It don’t matter when you’re way up there ♪♪ ♪♪ Way up there, yeah ♪♪ -♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ To walk through the fire, fire ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ To dance on a wire, wire ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ Hey! ♪♪ -Come on! -Come on. Y’all can feel it Let’s go. Come on -♪♪ We don’t need a miracle ♪♪ Miracle ♪♪ -Hey! -♪♪ To walk through the fire fire ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ To dance on a wire, wire ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ [ Music ends ] -Wow! [ Applause ] That chorus is ridiculous -Yeah And I love that drop, too, by the way, that instrumental drop, really strong -Thank you -I just love the song, Ryan I think you killed it -Yeah -Thank you guys so much -Thank you -Thank you -♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ What you thinking? -What I have in my head is going to be — is going to be a mind twister -Ooh -All right. I like it -Like something nobody will be thinking of I just hope it works -Okay. I can’t wait -I do -Can you guys play the beat of “Miracle”? ♪♪♪♪ ♪♪ And I might fall, but I won’t settle ♪♪ ♪♪ I won’t revel in the hurt -I know what you’re doing -♪♪ Yeah, I’ve been baptize in the dirt ♪♪ -I like it -♪♪ I testify ♪♪ -Yeah ♪♪ It’s blood I bleed ♪♪ [ All vocalizing ] -Sorry -Yeah, whatever You can repeat it But the melody works I think that verse works with those chords -It sets the chorus up better -We take his lyrics, we put them on my melody -And that’s never happened -Right. Exactly -[ Laughs ] This is so funny -And then you go back in -♪♪ And we don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ -Having Bebe on “Songland” has certainly kept us on our toes She’s trying to take the lyric and melody of Anna and I’s song, “Bones,” and lead to the chorus of Greg and Ryan’s song, “Miracle.” That’s the kind of next-level songwriting that only someone like Bebe could really pull off because she could hear the way they could lay over each other -That works -I think it’s gonna be epic
[ Clicks tongue ] Nobody really saw this coming This has never happened on this show before I have decided that there will be two winners tonight ♪♪♪♪ -What? -Oh And it kind of hit me listening to both of these songs, and I said, “Wow, this verse would be epic on this hook.” So the two songs that I love so much that I’m going to combine to promote the Tokyo Olympic Game are “Bones.” -[Squeals] -And “Miracle.” -What? -So awesome. Wow! I’m so happy for you guys [ Cheers and applause ] -Thank you! Thank you so much -It was just too hard to pick between “Bones” and “Miracle.” -Thank you so much -Thank you very much -It’s incredible I can’t believe it -Well, believe it I absolutely love the verse on “Bones,” the lyrics, the melodies And then I just couldn’t give up on the hook of “Miracle.” It is so catchy It’s so powerful It’s everything that I was looking for in this song -We got a song! -We got a song! -We got a song, man She gonna sing it! -Thank you, Ryan -We’ve never combined two song on “Songland” ever Songwriting is about collaborations and hits are almost never written by one person anymore So however you get to that destination, it doesn’t matter -♪♪ And I might fall, but I won’t settle ♪♪ ♪♪ I won’t revel in the hurt ♪♪ Yeah, I’ve been baptize by the dirt ♪♪ ♪♪ I testify ♪♪ ♪♪ No, we don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ -Being in the room with all these incredible producer/writers and just like this energy that this idea that just comes up to you to like put these songs together, these moments happen, but not so often So the fact that it happened on camera and the world can see it is awesome ♪♪ It’s in the fire I breath it’s in the blood I bleed -This is the ultimate collaboration right here You just saw it, like, live -Yeah -Real time -Yep -This is what you are -Yeah -This is “Songland” right here [ Chuckles ] -♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ -♪♪ Hey ♪♪ -Wow! -There you go -That’s fire -Dope, right? ♪♪♪♪ ♪♪ The voices talk, but I don’t listen ♪♪ ♪♪ Keep ’em locked up in my head ♪♪ ♪♪ ‘Cause everything they ever said is just a lie ♪♪ ♪♪ No, I’m not far, but I won’t settle ♪♪ ♪♪ I won’t revel in the hurt ♪♪ Yeah, I’ve been baptize by the dirt ♪♪ ♪♪ I testify ♪♪ ♪♪ Oh, under the skin you see ♪♪ ♪♪ Under the bittersweet ♪♪ ♪♪ I’ve got a heart that won’t break ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ To walk through the fire, fire ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ To dance on the wire, wire ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ The voices talk, but I don’t hear them ♪♪ ♪♪ Keep ’em wrapped under my bed ♪♪ ♪♪ ‘Cause nothing that the ever said ♪♪ ♪♪ Was worth a cry ♪♪ ♪♪ I may be far, but I won’t settle ♪♪ ♪♪ I won’t revel in the hurt ♪♪ Yeah, I’ve been baptize by the dirt ♪♪ ♪♪ I testify ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ To walk through the fire, fire ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ To dance on the wire, wire ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ Yeah-eah ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need a miracle miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪ ♪♪ We don’t need no-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o ♪♪ ♪♪ Miracle, miracle ♪♪