What do you think of this remake of “You Don’t Own Me”? 99



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An 18-year-old singer from Brisbane has reordered a new version Lesley Gore’s feminist anthem, You Don’t Own Me. Before you listen to it using the link below, we’ll be upfront and tell you: there’s rap involved BUT also involved is Quincy Jones, the guy who produced the original song in all it’s sexy defiance.

When she hits the chorus, Grace Sewell, who is generally known simply as Grace, she lets it rip and, you know what? We reckon she does a pretty good job of capturing the spirit of the 1963 hit song.

Billboard magazine describes Grace’s delivery as having “the toughness of Janis Joplin and the sultry moodiness of Joss Stone”. The song is given a modern twist with lyrics from Oakland rapper G-Eazy.



Grace met legendary producer Quincy Jones at a charity banquet last year, he had previously heard some of her work and suggested “You Don’t Own Me” because Lesley Gore was exactly Grace’s age when she and they recorded it.

Grace told Billboard magazine she was determined the song have the same impact on today’s young women as it did 50 years ago.

“I wanted girls to drive in their car and sing it in the shower the same way I imagine they did decades ago,” she said. “I wanted younger generations to feel revived by that”.

“It’s difficult to be a woman in this industry. I’m around men all day. But I know who I am and what I want to do, and this song speaks to that. It’s so important to go after what you want, to be strong. Lesley’s generation paved the way, so I felt like this was a way to say thank you and to keep that momentum going.”

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  1. I’ve been thinking for ages that this is a fantastic remake, all girls & women should listen to every word of this song, both old & new version.

  2. Nearly as good as Lesley. Afraid the rapper ruins it.

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    • My sentiments exactly Judy. That rapper certainly does ruin it. That young Brisbane woman has done a great job with this song. I still prefer Lesley Gore’s version.

  3. She sings it very well. The rap doesn’t appeal to me but it is what the young people of today like so I think it will go down well amongst the young.

  4. I loved Leslie Gore and I think Grace did a fabulous job, I really enjoyed it, shame about the rap part, but I’m from the Leslie Gore era. No offence to G-Easy.

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