Why Fergie’s Songwriting Sessions Double Up as Therapy
When Fergie stepped out for the Two Ten Footwear Foundation gala she helped raise both the venue's style quotient and the money for a good cause.
For the Wednesday event, held at New York's Manhattan Center, the Black Eyed Peas singer donned an all-black suit-inspired ensemble with the HOLLY pump from her own shoe line, Fergie Footwear, and gave crowd-pleasing performances of new solo songs like "M.I.L.F. $" and "Life Goes On," as well as the old favorites you know and love like "Fergalicious" and "Glamorous."
At the fundraiser, the foundation raked in more than $3.5 million—a 77-year record for the event. Two Ten Footwear works with footwear vendors in need by providing education grant money, helping them to rebuild after natural disasters, and offering financial assistance when necessary.
On top of her stylish appearance and concert, Fergie dished on her new upcoming Double Dutchess album to InStyle. "I probably recorded it about two years ago, I went into the studio with Toby Gad, who I wrote 'Big Girls Don’t Cry' with," she said. You may also recognize Gad from a few other songs he co-wrote, like "All of Me" by John Legend and Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy."
"He’s kind of like my therapist in a way," Fergie told us of her relationship with Gad. "I just really feel safe with him, just to pour my emotions out to him. ... So we were just talking about different things and I did three songs on the album with him."
"I wanted to release something that was completely different than 'M.I.L.F. $' because my album is a lot of different styles, not just one," she continued. "So I wanted to peel back the layers of the onion and just show a side that was a little more vulnerable."
The song "Life Goes On" is definitely more emotional than "M.I.L.F. $" and according to the singer, "It's basically about giving myself a pep talk in the mirror, giving myself some encouragement. So if you listen to the song, the left speaker is kind of this subconscious voice there’s like these answers throughout the song, that’s what that represents."
Listen to the heartfelt and beautifully sung lyrics above.