Cyndi Lauper reunites with GRAMMY-winning producer Tracy Young for ‘Hopeful’ remix

Graham Robson October 2, 2020

With one month to go until the high-stakes US election, LGBTQ+ icon Cyndi Lauper has enlisted GRAMMY-winning producer/remixer Tracy Young to create an amped up version of Hope.

“There is so much going on right now – from the coronavirus, to the perpetual mistreatment of our Black and Brown brothers and sisters, to the abhorrent targeting of our LGBTQ+ community, to the divisiveness that’s happening in this country. No matter what side of the aisle you’re in – in the US or around the globe – we’re all human beings and I believe we all want the same things – unity and peace,” said Lauper. “We have to remain hopeful that things will get better. That’s why we march, we speak out, we fight for each other’s rights, and it’s why we vote.”

This thumping take on Lauper’s Hope single from 2019 was created by Tracy Young, who made history in January when she became the first woman to win a GRAMMY Award for Best Remixed Recording. Lauper and Young have previously worked together, on this searing remix of Shine.

The Hopeful Remix arrives with a video created by London-based animator Harifa, who has previously collaborated with Lauper, Ciara and more. The ultimate take-away? “Don’t give up.” 

“One of the things that I love about this project is that it really spans generations,” said Lauper. “You have three strong, creative women – me, Tracy, and Harifa – coming together to make magic.”

Tracy Young | PHOTO: MIKE RUIZ

Lauper continues to reinforce her status as a role model, advocate and icon. Tik Tok is collaborating with Lauper and True Colors United on the #ShowYourTrueColors campaign for National Coming Out Day on October 11. In addition, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings has commissioned a new lyric video for Time After Time, by Malikah Holder, also to premiere in time for National Coming Out Day.