Not only did Macklemore announce the birth of his daughter, Sloane, with girlfriend Tricia Davis, two months after the fact, but he also premiered ‘Growing Up (Sloane’s Song)’ a new song in tribute to her, featuring longtime collaborator Ryan Lewis and guest artist Ed Sheeran. And if that weren’t enough, the song is a free download! This put social media into overdrive to say the very least!
Yes, so much news to unpack, and a new song to listen to as we do so! And free to boot! The news of the song in and of itself would have gone viral as it is the first new music from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in three years. You can listen to it below!
Yes, it’s been that long since the Seattle, Washington hip-hop duo with their independently released album, The Heist,’ completely disrupted the music industry, and gave hope to many an indie artist of what was truly possible. Yes, international smash hits like ‘Thrift Shop,’ and culturally relevant anthems like ‘Same Love,’ released to acclaim when same-sex marriage was not yet legal in all 50 states. Not to mention winning two Grammy Awards.
And so now, a new song! With quite a guest artist, none other than Ed Sheeran whose career is on quite a zenith as well as his sophomore album, X, racks up one international hit after another.
And of course, the celebrity world is buzzing over a birth announced two months after the fact! Not easy to accomplish in this day and age. But Macklemore and Tricia Davis did the near impossible.
In his own words, Macklemore wrote to fans and the world at large via Instagram, saying, “”Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born two months ago on May 29. There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her.” You can see the full post below.
Yes, her full name is Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty, a bit long to fit into a Tweet, and the exciting story of how their news dominated social media is just that, a story unto itself!
You can see a picture of the baby and listen to the song, ‘Growing Up (Sloan’s Song), the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis collaboration with Ed Sheeran below!
— Macklemore (@macklemore) August 5, 2015
When you try to escape yourself, life has an interesting way of creating situations that force you to come back. To look at who you are. This is why “Growing up” felt like the right song to re-emerge with. It’s where I’ve been the last year, through all the ups and downs. We didn’t want to do a big campaign or anything over the top with this. We just wanted to put out good music, directly to the people that have been here since the beginning. Thank you for your patience. Hope you enjoy. And if you’re wondering… Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th. There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her. – Ben growingupsong.com
— PEOPLE Babies (@PEOPLEbabies) August 5, 2015