Gloria Gaynor Revamps ‘Survive’ 30 Years Later

It might be hard to believe but, it has been thirty years since Gloria Gaynor first belted the hit “I Will Survive”. Celebrating the anniversary of a song that is still played in regular rotation world wide, Gloria Gaynor says “After 30 years of telling people I will survive, it’s time to tell them how.” On October 27, Gaynor will release a revamped version of “I Will Survive” in both English and Spanish as well as a self-penned Gospel effort “He Gave Me Life (I Will Survive)”. “From the beginning I recognized it was a timeless lyric that everyone could relate to… I don’t get tired of singing it. I’m always freshening it up; changing the beat, the lyrics, modernizing the arrangement — I’ve even stuck a hip-hop section in the middle of it. I become 295 percent grade-A ham when I do this song because people still love it,” Gaynor told Reuters recently. Gaynor’s forthcoming release will be made available to the public via her own Glolo label in association with digital distributor INgrooves. In turn, all three songs will be available on CD through Gaynor’s Web site, GloriaGaynor.com. Since its release in 1979 and a subsequent Grammy win, “I Will Survive” has been covered at least 200 times. It also reached no.1 on the pop charts. Gaynor is also due to release an as-yet-untitled Gospel album in 2010.

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