The validating voice of Lifetime’s cultural and ratings shattering documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, has made ‘Easy’ the first official single from her upcoming “Obstacle Course” EP. As promised, Sparkle referenced the Obstacle Course project in the documentary closing credits, as to what the future held for her.
’Easy’ is not the first music being heard from Obstacle Course. Sparkle’s empowerment anthem ’We Are Ready’ (released in late 2018) will too be on the upcoming EP. ‘We Are Ready’, also featured in the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary, but because Sparkle only released the single to work in tandem with the documentary, in efforts of raising awareness of abuse toward underage girls and women of color, Sparkle doesn’t feel that was an official launch to her project.
The EP’s title “Obstacle Course” is what Sparkle calls; “my best description of what life has been for me in prior years.” Obstacle Course is Sparkle’s most personal project yet, according to her. The single ‘Easy’ is a song that Sparkle made to honor the loving support system that has held her down like “anchors fighting the waves” throughout the course. Obstacle Course will allow listeners to hear Sparkle’s inner desire to mend fences with members of her estranged family in ‘Open Letter’ and her feelings of societal abandonment towards abuse on women in the ’Shutters’ track. The entire Obstacle Course EP is scheduled for winter-spring/2021 release and should surely have listeners’ undivided attention with such intimate thoughts over music. That being said, Sparkle assures everyone that this project isn’t one that is somber or sad. As a matter of fact Sparkle states, “It’s the opposite!” Sparkle genuinely appears to be in a space of complete confidence knowing she’d done as she says, “the right thing in real time.” Sparkle promises not to deviate from the position of motivating those that society may have disregarded because their ethnicity or cultural upbringing and anyone else who may need inspiring, that comes across this project!