Mahalia Features Ella Mai On Acoustic Version Of “What You Did”
It features Grammy award winning British singer-songwriter Ella Mai, thus marking the pair’s first musical collaboration, although Mahalia was the opener for Mai’s 2019 North American tour.
The accompanying music video was dropped on September 9, 2019
The assertive breakup track originally arrived with production from Andrew “Pop” Wansel. This time around, however, it’s treated to a stripped-down piano backdrop that introduces a new vantage point as Mahalia and Ella’s vocals deliver on a complementary web of emotion. Such emotion is an extension of Mahalia’s intentions in crafting an album characterized by such honesty.
“I hope that they listen to the album and feel honesty,” she previously told Billboard. “I hope that they listen and don’t feel like I’m being disingenuous or dishonest. I hope people can find strength, especially young women to listen to this and feel strong.”
Yeah, I know, I know
And I wanna talk ’bout it
And I know you don’t
I been holding guard for so long, so long
And I don’t know where to start, I don’t know where to start
Tell me where you hide, where do you go?
Tell me is she nice, does she know I know?
Tell me why you lie, tell me why
I don’t know what you are, I don’t know what you are, no [Chorus: Mahalia] What you did
Yeah, you know I love you but I can’t forgive it
You could tell me stay, but I have to go
‘Cause I would not expect someone to stay around
If I let them down, oh