Black History Month: RADIO.COM LIVE Check In with Andra Day

Check out our talk with 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday' star

February is Black History Month and we’ll be celebrating all month long by speaking with activists, politicians, historians, musicians, athletes, and more to highlight the history and contributions Black individuals have made to the culture and this country.

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Fresh off her Golden Globe nominations and just a week before her debut as Billie Holiday in Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Andra Day sat down with RADIO.COM’s Big Tigger to fill us in on what we can expect from the upcoming biopic, as well as highlighting the work that went into the movie’s soundtrack and original song, “Tigress & Tweed.”

Day has been nominated at the Golden Globes for both “Best Original Song” and “Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture.” “It’s hard to really put it into words,” says Day as she tells us how it feels to be nominated in both these categories.
She continues, “The only way I can describe it is that God is great… it feels amazing.”

Andra reveals that initially, she didn’t want to take on the role because it was “terrifying” to step into such big shoes to portray on screen. Plus, she says, “I’m not an actress.” This is Day’s first role on the silver screen.

However, now the artist feels that the support she received from her cast and from Daniel is “just a blessing. I feel like I just get to share and enjoy… and indulge in them and in Billie Holiday.”

As a true fan of Holiday, the “Rise Up” singer is thrilled to show the world the real story behind the prolific and trail-blazing jazz singer. Andra tells us that what ultimately lead her to take on the role, “was meeting with Lee and actually seeing he was committed to authenticity, to telling Billie’s story, and that she would be vindicated because Billie Holiday is truly the godmother of Civil Rights, and that’s what the world doesn’t know and they were never supposed to know.”