Everyone loves a good love story – especially one where soulmates end up happily ever after. For her latest single “Final Say,” Sheléa serves up a seemingly semi-autobiographical tale of loving, losing, learning and, lastly, winning at love the second time around.
Like Miki Howard before her, Sheléa's love needed new management and experience proved to be a good teacher. The singer, songwriter and actress, who wed her old college friend Dr. Philip McDonald in December 2020 after a whirlwind courtship, pours her heart and soul into "Final Say." The song is her testimony that while hindsight might be 20/20, timing is everything.
Sheléa mulls over her journey to true love and the lessons she’s learned along the way. “If I knew then what I know now / I woulda never walked out that door / I woulda held on to you, baby / Just a little bit more," she readily admits on the first verse over a churchy organ. She continues to reflect on the growth, wisdom and maturity she has gained over the years, singing, "See time has shown me some things / I didn't see before / I always know I was meant for more, for more."
Then the song's groove and additional instrumentation kick in with the chorus, and Sheléa sings with a passion that is palpable. "I know we tried it before / It really wasn't working / I was in my own way / But at the end of the day / Love had the final say," she croons with conviction.
Finally arriving at her eureka moment, she confesses on the bridge, “If I had to do it all again / I would choose to lose it all just to win.” The song ends with her amazing range on full display as she belts out the chorus one last time.
Sheléa's "Final Say" is a love song for the ages. With Troy Taylor and Troy Oliver on production and co-writing duties alongside Sheléa, They Have The Range founder Brandon Jones and artist Kevin Michael, we expected nothing less and they deliver perfection.
We are rooting for Sheléa and her husband Phillip as the newlyweds continue to write their love story and inspire others. Listen to “Final Say” below and feel all the feels.