Along with her Netflix special Homecoming, Beyoncé also released an album to accompany the effort. On the album, she featured a cover of the 1981 track “Before I Let Go,” originally performed by Maze.
For the cover, Bey recruited the former band’s member and R&B legend, Frankie Beverly, who originally wrote and sang the song. As with all things in her life, Bey kept the song under wraps, and didn’t even tell Beverly himself until the time was right. Beverly stated:
“She’s a great friend of mine, but I didn’t know she was going to do this. I was hearing stuff, but I didn’t even want to approach her about it. She kept it quiet, until her people called me one day maybe a week or two ago. When they played it, that’s when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away.”
Beverly went on to call the track “one of the high points of [his] life.” According to Beverly, he and Bey had worked together on previous occasions. Beverly, who is currently on tour with his band, went on to say:
“I feel bigger than ever! I feel like I have a huge smash out there… Other people have done my songs, but the way she did this was in a class of its own… She’s done something that has affected my life. I haven’t even spoken to a publication like [Billboard] in quite a while. So it’s changed things around for me.”
Bey does tend to have this affect. In addition to her album, and Netflix special, Bey has also signed a $60 million dollar contract with Netflix to produce 3 more specials, so we have plenty to look forward to from the queen this year.