Danielle Brooks has dropped her debut EP, Four, on digital music outlets. The release features four original tracks written and performed by Brooks, including "Black Woman," released earlier this year; and "Seasons," to be featured in Netflix's Orange is the New Black.
Brooks stars as Taystee on the series and wrote "Seasons" for her co-stars. "[I] built the song's story by trying to incorporate as many of their names that I could," shares Brooks." We are a family and this song is my gift to them in honor of the love they have shown me and lifelong sisterhood we built together." The series' final season premieres July 26.
No stranger to the stage, Brooks was Tony-nominated for her performance as Sofia in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple (earning a Grammy Award for its cast album), and is an executive producer on Broadway's Ain't Too Proud. She most recently starred as Beatrice in The Public Theater's Kenny Leon-helmed production of Much Ado About Nothing, which will air on PBS this November.
"My EP is four stories that reflect my being," says Brooks. "While I was at Juilliard, I had a director who gave me the wonderful gift of defining the word 'being': a person in complete and perfect state, lacking no essential characteristics, perfect, God like. And I realized that this EP is exactly what it's supposed to be, it's truthful and comes from my heart."