‘I Will Survive’ is one of the most powerful songs of its generation, and its message is as powerful as ever today. Tina Turner, a legend in her own right, remarked on her enduring classic “A timeless anthem empowering those reaching for positive changes in their lives”. The legendary soul singer behind the composition, Gloria Gaynor has always had the ability to galvanize hope through the medium of her music, but now, for the first time, she has compiled a list of evocative stories that will touch your heart. If you have ever loved her music and ‘I Will Survive’ in particular, this book will enlighten you with stories of people battling against their individual troubles and overcome them. Each story in the book is unique, but all have a one recurring theme throughout; they were all influenced and inspired by ‘I Will Survive’ in their singular survival stories.
The book, which contains “True stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song” documents these incredible stories of perseverance throughout, but there is one in particular that shines out above the rest. Gloria’s own personal story of survival is the first and foremost story, and begins the book with an amazing level of sincerity and self-exposure. It is within her own story that you realize that her lyrics reflected her own desires and motivation so pre-eminently, and continue to do so in her performances today through the Gloria Gaynor booking agent.
One of the editors of the book, Gary Krebs, revealed why the project was such a fascinating concept, “It sounded unique enough for me to probe further, and I met with Gloria. I was struck by her personal connection to ‘I Will Survive’ and by how many people have been impacted by it thirty-five years later”. Gaynor remains a brilliant role model today and she reveals in detail how the song is a symbolic message of a mission against personal struggle which prevails after all these years.
The sense of common humanity through the stories is strikingly apparent. For instance, a tale of a woman who reversed her decision against committing suicide after hearing the song; those who have persevered through incest and domestic violence; a Holocaust survivor; people who had their lives in ruins due to natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Katrina and families who lost loved ones in 9/11. Each story exemplifies how the individuals found hope in the song, enabling them to keep moving forward, creating a perfect mixture of tales that capture the process of turning vulnerability into empowerment.
Quite simply, the book is excellent, with hundreds of exceptional Amazon reviews, and highlights how influential the song has been for so many people. Gloria today also lends her support to numerous charities ranging from the likes of The Rita Hayworth Gala for Alzheimers to Revlons Annual Walk for Life. Her Live concerts are a massive part of Gloria Gaynor’s essence. She has touched audiences in more than 80 countries with her electrifying performances, and is as powerful a performer as she has ever been, where she can be booked through music agency MN2S to hear her rousing renditions of her many other famous tracks today.